Diagrammatic codes used for crochet, knit and needlelace stitches. These are standard crochet codes in common usage, but the knit and needlelace codes have been invented to provide a more 3D interpretation.
Textile process - crochet - knit - needlelace Stitch - will vary according to process Form - start with sphere – disk – tube – spiral – pyramid Dimensions - number of stitches – rows - iterations Materials Colour Surface modifications picot – spike – loop – frill – ridge hole – indentation – raised found objects wax – paint – varnish
Each variable will have either a discreet series or range of values eg. rows / stitches will have values with upper / lower limits, while process will have values of knit, crochet or needlelace. The preliminary experiment will confirm or modify the variables and their values. Sampling might be part or a complete specimen, enough to see what works. Stitch size and tools (hook / needlesize) will be determined by the sampler.
Ideas– genetics, dna, mutation, inheritance, natural selection, evolution Rules – variables such as technique (process?), dimensions, form, pattern with discreet limits Mutation– Chance – random generator of values for rules Genetic code – assign codes to stitch types, diagrammatic interpretations of pattern Selection – viability and aesthetic choices Evolution – selected specimens as starting point for next generation Classification – identify relationships, naming Documentation – pattern, stages of development (photography)
The work takes the form of a series of experiments exploring the idea of mutation to evolve new textile ‘life forms’. The principles of generative art are used to create a series of rules that determine the shape and form of organic 'specimens'. Variables of size, shape, sequence and number have aleatory values, ie. generated randomly.