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Hanging, Binary Traces: Kay

This is a Hanging. We acquired it in 2007. Its medium is cotton and its technique is two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth), hand woven using digitally controlled jacquard head. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Lia Cook’s creative process combines photographic media and computer-aided technologies with a mastery of hand and powered Jacquard looms. Her recent black-and-white work is based on scanned photographs, which are manipulated on a computer. Digital technology enables her to play with scale, detail, and focus. The visual information is translated with a CAD program into weaving instructions for a digital Jacquard head on a hand loom in her studio.
Binary Traces: Kay is woven in double-cloth, each pixel expressing the interlacing of either a black warp and weft or a white warp and weft. Computer coded and hand-woven, the images are constructed rather than applied: the points of color that form the images and the crossing of threads that create the textiles are the same. The interaction between the binary coding and the physicality of the weaving leaves a distinctive surface pattern or trace.
Binary Traces: Kay, together with its preparatory “sketch,” Face Maps: Halfseen, and a third Cook piece, Digit Maps: Four Centimeters, are being considered for acquisition as a group, due to their complex interplay of detail, pattern, and process.

This object was fund: General Acquisitions Endowment.

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Hanging, Binary Traces: Kay; USA; cotton; 2007-33-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006.

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