I’m Ele Carpenter, and I’m one of the new Research Fellows at HUMlab. I’m here for a year to develop the Open Source Embroidery project in partnership with HUMlab and the Art School at Umea University. The project developed from my PhD research with CRUMB at the University of Sunderland, where I compared the language and practice of socially engaged art and new media art. Open Source Embroidery is a broad term to describe a range of creative practices investigating the shared characteristics of craft and code; from formal concerns of translating text into form, to the ethics of collaborative production and distribution. With its roots in the culture of open source, creative commons, and the material nature of code and computing, the project welcomes artists, programmers, knitters and crafts people to share their skills and ideas.
I’ll be facilitating workshops and exhibitions starting in November – so watch this space and my blog Ele Weekend for more info.