Friday, January 29, 2010

Open Source Embroidery

OK, this is weird.

As many of you know, I have a day job. After hours, I have my crafting pursuits. And rarely do the two meet.

Until a co-worker brought this to my attention.

The Museum of Craft & Folk Art in San Francisco recently hosted an Open Source Embroidery exhibit. (It closed last weekend. Sorry for being late to the party -- I've been sitting on this post for a while.)

From the website:

"Open Source Embroidery includes workshops and exhibitions that investigate how the open source software development model has been incorporated into the language of cultural participation. This major exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, makers, computer programmers and html users that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks. The works experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.


"The Open Source Embroidery exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, crafts people, computer programmers and html users which explore the relationship between craft and code, physical and digital space. The artworks experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.


"Through participatory networks over 500 people from across the UK, Sweden, USA and Canada have contributed their creative skills to collectively make works in the exhibition. Including the Html Patchwork of 216 patches each stitched with their RGB colour code."


Pretty cool stuff, no? I wish I could have seen the exhibit in person. Were any of you left coasters able to check this out?

14 comments:

  1. love, love, love the HTML color quilt!

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  2. That would have been a very interesting exhibit. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I had to read your post twice to understand what it was all about but I think it's an awesome theme. Would have loved to see this exhibition!

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  4. ditto the love of the HTML color codes :)

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  5. I had no idea this was going on. I would have loved to have gone, and could have with it only 45 minutes away. Drat!

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  6. Very cool...and the geek in me "gets it" oh yeah!

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  7. Oh, how I covet that HTML quilt!

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  8. GEEK.... It's not just an electronics term any more..

    I really like the color quilt and the motherboard...

    There are 10 types of people in this world.. Those who know binary and those who don't!!

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  9. I've been thinking recently about trying to quilt a motherboard. I love that embroidery!

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  10. i love it!! ...gives me lots of new ideas!

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  11. The math/tech geek in me loves this! Too bad I live too far away.

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  12. Hey, I recently found your blog and I have been following it and enjoying it. Being an IT person as well, I too was excited to see the cross over between my "day job" and my craft!

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