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Data Weave

Kickstarter from @notendo to make high quality woven textile garments with digital abstraction based on digital files:

Data Weave continues work I began in 2001 that reimagines contemporary digital culture through textile arts to create a continuum of traditional and modern art forms and technologies. Applying my process of color encoding binary data to textiles expands fiber art traditions and addresses current preservation challenges faced by digital media.

Data Weave is a marriage of art forms to the extent that the Jacquard loom’s use of punch cards to weave intricate motifs inspired the use of punch cards for saving and executing programs in early computing. Data Weave extends traditions of embedding symbols in textiles to communicate information by applying my practice of color coding binaries to weaving. This process of encoding data with color produces intricately detailed, cascading motifs that are meant to be woven pixel to stitch. Each pixel represents bits of data showing how weaving can also be understood as pixel art. Furthermore, Data Weave simultaneously illustrates an alternate way of data preservation and a materialization of digital ephemera by tangibly elucidating data structures with color. 

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Last week I got back from the 18th European Textile Network Conference in Borås, Sweden. It was an incredibly inspiring trip full of talks and exhibitions about weaving, fashion and textiles. Here are some photos of various types of looms, from ancient hand looms to huge industrial Jacquard looms. During the 19th century the textile industry grew large in Borås and now even though the production has been moved to countries with cheap labour force, it has one of the best Fashion and Textiles schools in the world. For anyone considering studying this is a great option (and free, no tuition fees)! Another positive aspect of the school is that it emphasises industry projects so students work on a variety of projects for businesses around the world before they even graduate. Part of me wanted to stay and study there as the atmosphere and facilities are very stimulating. But now I am back to my ancient looms in Kaimakli trying to channel all the inspiration I got from Borås :)

Hello! It is quite hot here in Cyprus but luckily I am going for a holiday today :) Here is a little clip from yesterday when I was weaving a Minimal Arete shawl. Its cotton warp is left unwoven at regular intervals which reminds of ancient Greek clothes. Apologies for the camera movement…it was leaning against the loom which often moves while I am weaving!


Archaeological Museum of Thebes

Offering gifts to the goddess

Main element of the Mycenaean religious ritual was the procession of female worshippers towards the shrine, the temple, or the altar of the seated, sometimes enthroned goddess.The depiction of processions on murals, and gold seal-rings was particularly frequent.

The preserved part of a large mural composition from the palace of Thebes (14th/13th century BC) shows a procession of female adorants in traditional Minoan dress. They advance majestically holding their offerings: lilies, wild roses, a casket with jewellery, a necklace, and a luxury vase perhaps filled with aromatic oil. They move in two opposite directions, perhaps towards a central female deity who receives their offerings.

I think I have finally solved the flounced skirt mystery. In my opinion it’s a large rectangle piece of textile, straight from the loom, perhaps decorated at the top and bottom border with added woven bands. The textile is draped around the hips, then tied with the top toppling down. Multiple layers can be worn, toppling down and giving the look of the flounced skirt. Similarly the vest, could be a tunic, again rectangle pieces of textile can be used, with decorative woven bands binding them together at the seams. 

page 374 - that feeling when you finish setting up the warp only to see you made a mistake and the mistake is a face looking and laughing at you because you have failed at the most important thing you do in your life given that you are part of an ancient guild from an isolated valley that is so devoid of most natural resources that trading the woven goods of your guild for supplies from the outside world is the only way you and your people survive.