New York-based artist Phillip Stearns merges analogue, lo-fi feel with digital, modern means to create a one-of-a-kind woven visual art.
“Fragmented Memory (XAA 222RGB 336px, XAE 222RGB 336px, XGQ 222RGB 36px)” is a “digitally designed and woven textile.” It is a triptych, with each piece measuring 160 cm wide and 205 cm tall. The pattern is made up of “raw binary data sourced from [Stearn’s] computer’s physical memory.” Stearns finished his work by the end of May this year at the Audax Textielmuseum’s Textiellab in the Netherlands, and made use of “Processing, Pmem, Mac OSX terminal, Ned Graphics Jacquard Suite, Dornier Loom with Staubli Jacquard head.”
The process makes use of some technical terms and will be a rather tricky to explain in our own words. We don’t want you to miss anything, so we’ll leave Stearns to talk about it in the video below:
Stearns explained that “Fragmented Memory” “collapses” the history of textile as a “medium for imagery” and that of “the development of automation and computer technology.” As a result, the triptych functions “as a visual and physical medium for the storage and transmission of digital information.”
Previously, Stearns had already created a series of woven and knit blankets wall hangings and blankets called “Glitch Textiles”. The patterns were “generated using images taken with short circuited cameras and other unorthodox digital techniques.”