Tracing Textility

Textile production processes can be conceptualised as embodied actions of drawing lines or technical procedures of pulling them straight. This research looks at analog processes, where the engagement between the practitioner, the machine and the material becomes the point for exploration of textility from a digital perspective.

As Tim Ingold argues in The Textility of Making1 , the practitioner intervenes between fields of force and the flows of the material during the creation process, which is generative.

Movement is the nature of textile. The choreography of the filament during its form-creation process and the adaptability of the textile in a formed state allow its state of being and becoming to exist totally in more than one continuum: feedback can exist across dimensions and the virtual can be explored between the ins and outs of physical and digital.

The research will use tracking technologies and computation to question how digital data can participate in the creation process. How can textile making techniques such as weaving or spinning be more deeply connected with spatial data generated by the body and how can the process of creating with the digital influence the physical outcome? The research will look at how this information can be used and what kind of images, narratives and spaces can be constructed through it with the idea to embed digital data in a more meaningful way.

  1. 1

    Ingold, Tim. (2010). The textility of making. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 34. 91-102. 10.1093/cje/bep042.


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Elaine Bonavia


Elaine Bonavia