[ISEA2017] Artists Statement: Vicky Isley & Paul Smith — White Cart Loom

Artists Statement 


White Cart Loom has been produced in response to scientific research looking to interpret and understand data encoded in the biological process of shell formationin the now endangered freshwater pearl mussel. The project connects biodiversity with human creativity and its first expression through programming, with textile designers use of the first programmable machine; the Jacquard loom. In Paisley Scotland, this process was used exploring the creative possibilities of the world renown paisley pattern. Rapid industrialisation of textile production contributed to habitat destruction and freshwater pearl mussels are now locally extinct.

  • Vicky Isley, co-founder boredomresearch, Southampton, UK. boredomresearch.net
  • Paul Smith, UK