A Material Investigation of the Digital

Embroidered Digital Commons: Yarn (2009) Facilitated by Ele Carpenter, top: Amanda Thackray, bottom: Abi Nielsen; fabric and embroidery thread. Copyright the artist; reproduced with permission

Embroidered Digital Commons: Yarn (2009) Facilitated by Ele Carpenter, top: Amanda Thackray, bottom: Abi Nielsen; fabric and embroidery thread. Copyright the artist; reproduced with permission

This month’s article for the British Computer Society looks at Ele Carpenter’s on-going Open Source Embroidery Project and explores the strong historical and metaphorical connections between computers and textiles. This fascinating work, which consists of over 1,000 hand-embroidered patches (two are seen here) is based on the common characteristics of needlework crafts and open source computer programming. Read it in full:http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/45380

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