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

Photographer Matthew Mahon’s Fab Flash site

Imaginative, innovative and fun, Matthew Mahon’s site gives a great food for thought about how to present a portfolio of work and professional details on the web. The photos and odd bits of life’s detritus dotted around the place are also buttons and many contain lovely surprises. I particularly liked the animated way he interacts with his photos and the Matthew Puppet.

8 August 2006 Posted by | Animation, Design, Flash | Leave a comment

Experimenting with Header Image

I’ve designed my own header image, but I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with it. A darker version may look better. I produced some alternative designs yesterday, so I may change it. All the designs layer a number of organic lattices together in Photoshop Elements – but now I come to think about it, the image ought to include a technological lattice too. After all, that’s what this network is all about, connecting living organisms through technology. So back to the digital drawing board.

A note on Performancing For Firefox
I’m writing this in PFF, which I’m finding very convenient and user friendly. A very clear interface and lots of useful features.

8 August 2006 Posted by | Design | Leave a comment