Portable Forest is an attempt to create a portable natural space; one the wearer can raise around themselves wherever they are.
Portable Forest embeds bird songs and the sound of water into a jacket. As you zip up the jacket, bird calls begin to echo around you. You start at a trailhead, a few birds nearby—just able to make out the sound of a nearby brook—and progress down a riverine path until reaching a waterfall when the jacket is fully zipped up.
I gathered audio on a series of hikes in Southern California to set the tone for the walk. For the final tracks, I also used bird sounds from ASU and a water sound from freesound.org.
This prototype jacket was made with Arduino. Small pockets of green fabric were sewn in to an existing jacket—one in which I have taken many hikes through the woods—to hold speakers that responded to the zipping and unzipping of the jacket.