This week we were asked to think about a false mythology for our topics. I am already reading a graphic novel about an alternate universe where Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage build a sprawling Analytical Engine. In the story, Ada Lovelace is a pipe-smoking, poetry-hating heroine.
The author introduces many notable scholars and radical ideas from mathematical thinking at the time. Though the tone is witty and whimsical, the work is largely based on the actual quotes and facts.
The main characters are highly controversial historical figures. Though they contributed immensely to development of computing as we know it, they were both subject to scrutiny for being mentally unstable. For almost 200 years, the credibility of Ada's has been subject to dispute, largely because it was not acceptable for a woman to have such wildly innovative thinking. I think this is why it was so valuable for the author to reinvent this world. In the malleable framework of a graphic novel, the author can entertain, educate, and charm the readers into reevaluating the larger narrative.
Weaving with Light
//notes on XS labs
This week I've been working on having a daily practice. My goal was to weave everyday for a week. It's very time-consuming to start on a new tapestry every day, so I designed miniature looms that I could make with a laser cutter. I threaded all my warps in advance, so each day I could focus on just working and designing in the moment.
Day 4 (accidentally broke my loom)
Some Thoughts on my Daily Practice
While preparing to weave every day I ordered a ton of new yarn. Unfortunately, it still has not been delivered, so I made all my tapestries this week from my scraps. One thing that originally drew me to learn weaving was having use for my yarn leftover from knitting. I realized looking back at this work that I recognized and even had a connection with each patch of color. As an additional experiment I mapped out the emotional anatomy of a tapestry.
For next week
So far, I've let myself work free-form. I plan to continue my daily practice, but for next week I would like to develop a theme or formula for my ongoing daily practice. Each tapestry took 1-2 hours, which is more time that I can comfortably continue to contribute, so I would like to work on designing smaller looms. Many of my friends are also interested in weaving on these "baby looms" so I will work on making more to share. I hope their work will also provide insight for my research.
Mini loom inspiration: