Casting my net a little further – writing, art and e-motion

Mapping and stitching – Ele Carpenter’s homepage inspires

Ele Carpenter's homepage
Another unusual way to present a home page. I love the simplicity of Ele Carpenter’s design and it’s so effective. I couldn’t resist clicking on those enigmatic bubbles. In some ways it’s similar to Matthew Mahon’s site, both are like mind maps, which is interesting because I’ve been thinking of redesigning my own site with a more criss-crossy, mind-mappy feel.

Another interesting thing about Ele’s site is that the Research bubble links to her Open Source Embroidery 2006 project (see photo below).

The Open Source Embroidery project brings together programming for embroidery and computing. It’s based on the common characteristics of needlework crafts and open source computer programming…

photo of embroidered wordsIt’s interesting that I keep coming across connections between embroidery, textiles, dressmaking and women who create or write for the web. I don’t know why it should surprise me, the analogies are obvious – web, net, weaving, threads, interwoven networks, the computer and the Jacquard Loom… I suppose I’m surprised to find I have something in common with other webby women. My mother, Moyra, is an accomplished dressmaker and embroiderer and since I started making creative works for the web a couple of years ago I’ve had a notion about creating a piece based on our relationship, about what stitches us together. I must do it, once I’ve finished my other works in progress.

A few other links I’ve come across between women, textiles, computers and the web:

Noon Quilt

Web, Warp & Weft

Christy Sheffield Sanford interview in framed especially this reply to a question about perceived feminine qualities in her work.

And after looking at these pieces again, I can’t help but be inspired to sew my own pattern into the web XXXXXXXXxxxxxXXXXxxxx——///////\\\\\\\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\———– x x x x x —- but I’ll use more than cross stitch. Much more.


16 August 2006 - Posted by | Art, Design

1 Comment »

  1. I agree about the weaving and patchwork links to women’s lives and experience, Christine. For me, patchwork as the linking together of fragments into a pattern is how I see my life overall.

    Comment by joanna howard | 14 January 2007 | Reply

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