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DATAWEAVE – threaded journeys

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Creators, makers and users discuss craft provenance, archival collection and digital technology, exploring the intersection of digital and traditional cultures of making. In-person.

Have you ever wondered where the threads and yarns that surround you every day came from? Materials travel with and through us. We invite you to explore the journeys that materials take, from growing fibres that are spun into yarns and then woven into garments, that we wear or enhance our homes with. Employing new data from the DATAWEAVE project, we discuss what the life cycles of hand-woven products can tell us. What happens when a material’s journey is captured in data, when digital technology is constituted through traditional cultures of making?  This round table brings together creators, makers and users to discuss craft provenance, archival collection, and digital sustainability.    
The DATAWEAVE project collects, exchanges and stores data from makers and users in Sweden, the USA, Germany and the UK in a participatory database. As a network led by Birkbeck’s Simone Wesner, we aim to tell stories of the woven materials, exploring the intersection of digital and traditional cultures of making. We are interested in harbouring cultural values that would otherwise remain hidden.     
DATAWEAVE received seed funding from the Birkbeck Innovation Fund.   


This event is in-person at Birkbeck's School of Arts, as part of Arts Week 2022.  

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