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Data Weave furthers world traditions of using textiles as carriers of information, simultaneously preserving digital media through art.
Data Weave furthers world traditions of using textiles as carriers of information, simultaneously preserving digital media through art.
Data Weave furthers world traditions of using textiles as carriers of information, simultaneously preserving digital media through art.
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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. Having been recognized for my work by Ars Technica, Bauhaus Weimar, NCSU, The John Cage Trust and more, I have the opportunity to work one-on-one with computer loom professionals during a four day residency at Tilburg’s TextielLab.

Data Weave furthers my practice of using textiles as carriers of information by weaving color encoded data in motifs and illuminates contemporary digital culture’s connection to the history of textile art and production. Working one-on-one with computer loom professionals will provide the precision needed to realize these concepts and techniques in a new series of woven tapestries.

$365 Pledge Level: Stuxnet Data Blanket - Each stitch is a bit of the Stuxnet binary - photo: Jennifer Casey Scida
$365 Pledge Level: Stuxnet Data Blanket - Each stitch is a bit of the Stuxnet binary - photo: Jennifer Casey Scida

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.

$75 Pledge Level: EXE Data Scarves L-R: EXE no.12, EXE no.13
$75 Pledge Level: EXE Data Scarves L-R: EXE no.12, EXE no.13
$140 Pledge Level: Malwear ed.3 MYDOOM Data Scarf
$140 Pledge Level: Malwear ed.3 MYDOOM Data Scarf
$25 Pledge Level: 42 page book - Data Scarf ed.1 pictured
$25 Pledge Level: 42 page book - Data Scarf ed.1 pictured

To produce Data Weave I will travel to Tilburg in the Netherlands where I will work one-on-one with computer loom professionals at the TextielLab.

Over four days, I will work on a new series of tapestries each of which will feature unique motifs created with custom software developed specifically for my textile art applications.

When production is complete, each tapestry will be finished and prepared for exhibition. Tapestries will then be professionally photographed before returning from the Netherlands.

Malwear ed.1 Melissa & ed.3 MYDOOM Data Scarves (L-R)
Malwear ed.1 Melissa & ed.3 MYDOOM Data Scarves (L-R)
$188 Pledge Level: Malwear ed.2 ILOVEYOU Scarf
$188 Pledge Level: Malwear ed.2 ILOVEYOU Scarf

In order to properly realize Data Weave, I need to raise a minimum of $7,500.00. This amount will be used to cover travel, accommodation, production cost and materials.

Surpassing $7,500.00 will enable me to realize additional works based on concepts I began developing in 2001. With your help, I will be able to bring to life my original vision for tapestries and art fabrics in the 21st century!

Thank You!

$95 Pledge Level: Exclusive Dada Data ed.1 Scarf
$95 Pledge Level: Exclusive Dada Data ed.1 Scarf

 

Gradient Blankets - photo by Nathaniel Fowler
Gradient Blankets - photo by Nathaniel Fowler

 

 

Gradient Blanket Detail - photo: Nathaniel Fowler
Gradient Blanket Detail - photo: Nathaniel Fowler

 

Light Scan: scan of ambient light woven in cotton
Light Scan: scan of ambient light woven in cotton

 

Risks and challenges

I have worked with the same manufacturer since 2007. With any production, there is the chance of delivery delays. In my 10 years working experience, I have been able to reliably and consistently produce and deliver high quality knit scarves, throws and more. Production and delivery delays are not expected but, in the event that there are any, I will be sure to communicate the situation clearly. Tracking numbers and shipping insurance is included with each order.

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    Full Color, 42 Page Book

    Printed, soft-cover catalog of knits with an interview by Carlo Volpi of Carlo Volpi Knitwear.

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    EXE no.12 Data Knit Scarf

    EXE no.12 scarf knit pixel to stitch with high quality acrylic yarn.

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    EXE no.13 Data Knit Scarf

    EXE no.13 scarf knit pixel to stitch with high quality acrylic yarn.

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    Malwear ed.1 MELISSA Scarf

    Malwear ed.1 Melissa scarf knit pixel to stitch with high quality acrylic yarn.

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    Data Scarf ed.1

    Data Knit ed.1 features a motif that was created by turning video game code into color. The first edition of data scarves!

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    Dada Data Knit ed.1 Scarf

    Available exclusively for Data Weave on Kickstarter: Dada Data ed.1 Scarf

    The first of the Dada Data Scarves features a motif created by viewing binary data that if reversed engineered would result in gibberish. A purely aesthetic data motif!

    Knit pixel-to-stitch in a high quality merino wool/acrylic blend, measuring 69" long x 10" wide. Learn more about materials and sizes in the FAQ!

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    Malwear ed.3 MYDOOM Scarf

    Limited edition, five color, Data Knit scarf in high quality acrylic. The motif is the entire binary of the 2004 MYDOOM computer virus.

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    Data Knit Sweater

    Available for the first time here on Kickstarter!

    This brand new addition to the Data Knit series is available in small, medium, large and xtra large sizes.

    Featuring one of the original data motifs created for knit textiles back in 2010, these sweaters are knit in eco-cotton here in the US.

    Very limited time offer so grab one while you can!

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    Malwear ed.2 ILOVEYOU Scarf

    Limited edition, two color Data Knit scarf in merino wool. The motif is a selection of the ILOVEYOU computer virus binary from 2000.

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    Stuxnet Data Knit Throw

    A selection of the Stuxnet code transformed into a motif. Knit pixel to stitch with a merino wool/acrylic blend in a full size throw. Includes a full color, 42 page, soft cover book.

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