Embroidered Digital Commons workshops at Furtherfield
Embroidered Digital Commons (EDC) is currently in residency at Furtherfield until April 28 2012, when MzTEK will host the regular Saturday workshop, contributing the first techi elements to the EDC embroidery patches using soft circuitry.
Come and contribute to the epic collective EDC project this Saturday 28 April, by embroidering text from ‘A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons’. We invite women to come and join us and learn some of the basics to soft circuits, adding switches and lights to your embroidered patches. This is a free workshop, but your embroidery work will become part of the collective Embroidered Digital Commons project.
Saturday April 28 12pm – 3pm
Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ
The Embroidered Digital Commons is a collectively stitched version of ‘A Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons’ by the Raqs Media Collective (2003). The project seeks to hand-embroider the whole lexicon, term by term, through workshops and events as a practical way of close-reading and discussing the text and its current meaning.
The EDC is a distributed embroidery exploring collective work and ownership. EDC is part of the Open Source Embroidery project by curator and artists Ele Carpenter. Her practice investigates specific socio-political cultural contexts in collaboration with artists, makers, amateurs and experts. She is a lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Since 2005 Ele has facilitated the Open Source Embroidery project using embroidery and code as a tool to investigate the language and ethics of participatory production and distribution. The Open Source Embroidery exhibition (Furtherfield, 2008; BildMuseet Umeå Sweden, 2009; Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, 2010) presented work by over 30 artists, including the finished Html Patchwork now on display at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. Ele is currently facilitating the ‘Embroidered Digital Commons’ a distributed embroidery exploring collective work and ownership 2008 – 2013.