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The daily pattern is a research project to explore the possibilities of content-based textile design in which the daily news is used as the inspi… Read More
The daily pattern is a research project to explore the possibilities of content-based textile design in which the daily news is used as the inspiration and content of resulting patterns. Often textile design is approached from a purely aesthetic perspective where the final result is based on stylistic, rather than conceptual choices. I want to design textiles that also have a communicative function, in which the resulting form is a direct product of the content itself. Read Less
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Daily Pattern
finding new ways in textile design
What’s it all about?

The daily pattern is a research project exploring the possibilities of content-based textile
design in which the daily news is used as the inspiration and content for the patterns.

Why do this?

With the constant flow of information surrounding us at all times, the world in one way
has become smaller, but also more complex. Using the daily news as content and
inspiration, this mass of information can be visualized in textile design, re-appropriating
traditional approaches to pattern making in order to embed meaning. Too often textile
design is approached from a purely aesthetic perspective. This project explores
approaches to textile design that serve not only a stylistic, but also a communicative
function in which the resulting form is the direct product of the content itself. The goal is
to explore the potential of interior designs to move beyond stylistic concerns to reveal,
directly or latently, deeper layers of meaning.

How is it done?

The project began by creating a database which collected news from six different
newspapers from around the world: The Guardian, The Australian, The Citizen,
Shanghai Daily, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. News content would be
gathered from these sources several times daily. A variety of other online resources as
well as the printed newspaper were also used for content. I worked together with a
programmer to develop Processing (processing.org) applications to analyze and
generate patterns from this information.

What are the outcomes?

The initial results mainly consisted of prints on textiles. However, as the project
continued it became less about producing an image on textile, and more about working
to embed content and information in the materiality of the pieces themselves. This was
a challenge in itself, but was quite successful in certain mediums, particularly weaving.
Who’s talking

This pattern is build up from 4 different tree maps, each from a different newspaper.
For each newspaper I had a program calculating witch country appeared the most in the headlines the first half year of 2010.
I used the following news sources:
Top left: Shanghai Daily
Top right: The Guardian,
Bottom left: The Citizen
Bottom right: New York Times
Tablecloth 165x165 cm
1 1/4, 7-8.8, 21x

Carpet based on earthquakes in the world 2009/2010.
the size of the circles shows the magnitude,
the color of the circles shows the dept.
The carpet is hand tufted, 150x200 cm
Stocks

Patterns based on the stock market indices over 52 weeks (2009) using information from Yahoo finance. The information is transformed in to a pattern of squares, which then has been used for both laser cut and weaving.
For the weaving I used the waffle technique, to make it more three dimensional, actually getting the “mountains” from the charts.
Anyway the wind blows

A series of textiles based on the weather forecast from De Volkskrant over the first half of 2010.
Prints shows wind direction and strength (lines), percentage sun (dots) and percentage rain (circles)during this period
Political Party

For this pattern I used the text from the election program from 5 different political parties in sweden and the netherlands. For both countries i chose the coalition leading the country
and for each country the most populistic party
Swedish parties: Alliansen and Sverige Demokraterna
Dutch parties: VVD, CDA and PVV
The pattern is build up like an arch diagram, linking text fragments together.