This is a crazy amalgamation of art meets tech meets more art.
Using techniques like fair isle knitting and technology like the Jacquard loom, creating amazingly intricate images with weaving is nothing new, but a new project may be the first time those images have been animated.
Greg Climer, a fashion designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design, has found a way to turn film into fabric and back again. He’s in the process of making a short film and intends to use a long knitted scarf at the film reel. A 19-second test shot, his proof of concept, shows that this wacky idea is possible.
more via This Guy Is Knitting Every Frame Of A Movie Into A Watchable Scarf | Co.Design | business + design.
In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, I love maps. Every map has a story, and designer Michael Pecirno has designed several different maps using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tell a story about land use in the U.S., and therefore its citizens too. For example, this one of urbanization:
While the locations of big cities aren’t a surprise, a close look at the map reveals all sorts of interesting development patterns, such as the rows of small towns strung along interstates in the Midwest, the absolute lack of development across huge stretches of the West, and the emerging Southeast megalopolis stretching from Atlanta to Raleigh.
I found the ones for corn and forests fascinating:
via These beautiful maps tell a complex story about how land is used across the US – Vox.
You can check out more at Michael Percirno’s minimal maps website.
This is reminiscent of the tree ring music project, but more intricate.
Were Hungarian embroiderers of centuries past encoding secret musical messages into their decorative textiles? Nope! But Zsanett Szirmay is decoding them anyway.
The designer’s latest project, Soundweaving, translates patterns from Eastern European embroidery into gentle, tinkling melodies. By translating the motifs from pillows and folk costumes to punch cards, and then running those punch cards through a hand-cranked music box, Szirmay finds the music that’s effectively been trapped in the textiles all along.
more via Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED.
If you saw this hanging out in a New York park last summer, now you know what it is:
It’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.
The structure, however, was temporary and the team is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.
more via A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC | Colossal.
Sort of creepy but interesting exploration of the overlap of science, art, and private vs. public:
Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s “Stranger Visions” project started with a question: What could she learn about a person by collecting one of their stray hairs? In an age of ever-cheaper DNA sequencing, the answer turned out to be “a lot.” Dewey-Hagborg’s portraits of strangers, made with DNA samples found in public places, called attention to the feasibility of DNA snooping. Now with her latest project, “Invisible,” she wants to put the tools to protect genetic privacy in consumers’ hands. But is total genetic privacy really possible?
via Making Art From the DNA You Leave Behind.
Maps can be useful to understand the layout of a world, real or imagined. Authors are often world builders, and use maps to help them understand their own made-up world a little better.
We nerds all know that Tatooine was in a galaxy far, far away. But if you wanted to visit its filmed location on planet Earth, where would you go? What if you wanted to see where the Oompa Loompas supposedly toiled before Willy Wonka entered their lives, or plan a scuba diving trip to find Spongebob Squarepants?Here to aid in your travels to fantasy lands from your favorite movies are Will Samari, Ray Yamartino, and Rafaan Anvari of Wondernode. Based on data gathered from IMDB, online interviews, and Wiki fan pages, they’ve mapped out the supposed and filmed locations of fictional places, from Hogwarts to Loompaland to Oz.
I like how they also did a layer of the real locations of the filming of the movies based on these books. I already see a recurring highlights section for National Geographic Travel magazine, or something like it.
see more via A Map Of Your Favorite Fictional Places, From Oz To Loompaland | Co.Design | business + design.
Some are gross, some are cool, some are geeky gifts for school!
Sorry, it’s Friday, I’m feeling a little Dr. Seussy. But I thought they were worth sharing.
These crafty creations would make the perfect gift for the science lover in your life…
[editor’s note/admission: these are also available for sale for the crafty science lover with no time on your hands, but I make no money from this, it’s just FYI.]
more via 10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science | DiscoverMagazine.com.