Part of the Crafting Change Symposium hosted by the Center for Convergence at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Micro Maker Series is a fully virtual lecture series featuring artists, designers, and educators from around the world. Presenters use traditional handicraft and contemporary technologies to create bespoke wearables and interfaces for performance, improvisation, installation, and education. A computer-controlled handloom is a hybrid fabrication tool: while the loom greatly speeds the process of weaving by precisely selecting threads for a pattern, a human weaver is present and involved for the entire process. Like any computational tool, such a loom can embody both expert precision and fluidly emergent outcomes; “the trick” is in crafting generative logics that mediate the material constraints of the weaving process to support technically elaborate outcomes, spur creativity, or generate delight. Lea will discuss historical and contemporary tactics for algorithmic and improvisational handweaving, including her own work on personal interactive jacquard weaving systems.
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