Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Contemporary Tapestries

Textile Arts are one of my biggest passions! As an art form, they continue to grow conceptually but also technologically as well. The descriptions below each tapestry at the Klaudia Marr Gallery exhibit in Santa Fe indicate an edition size of each design. The tapestries can be sold this way because of the electronic jacquard weaving equipment they are produced on. This allows the artist unlimited design freedom (the designs are read by pixels) as well as a limited production run of their design. VERY COOL!
The Jacquard Loom was the first piece of equipment to use punch cards to control a sequence of operations. Although it did no computation based on them, it is considered an important step in the history of computing hardware. This exhibit shows the best of artistic expression and technology - how exciting and how beautiful!

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