loom

2018


The Tek-Matic loom marries contemporary craft (electronics and digital fabrication) with tablet weaving, one of the earliest methods of weaving by hand. My hope is to equalize the two. By contextualizing an ancient tradition with modern technology, I aim to fetch original craft practice back into its essence — a state of lasting being.

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Presenting the project at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The loom is part mechanical, electronic, and algorithmic.

It consists of networks of gears, a control unit, and a wearable.

First, I mastered tablet weaving by hand

Once I had a good understanding of the craft, I reconfigured tablets as a network of gears. Then I developed the electronics.
The final part of the project was the algorithmic component of mapping movements of the weaver to the controls of the loom.