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Glitch Textiles: weaving tapestries from the 'digital detritus'

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Glitch artist Phillip Stearns is turning images he captured with intentionally broken digital cameras into textile designs. Stearns is raising funds on Kickstarter to produce a new body of work at the Dutch Audax Textielmuseum's TextielLab.

glitch blanket (glitch textiles)
glitch blanket (glitch textiles)

Earlier this year we covered artist Phillip Stearns, whose work uses re-wired digital cameras to produce some oddly beautiful images from machines gone awry. Stearns is now pushing these images into three dimensions with a new project called Glitch Textiles; transforming the woven-looking patterns that surface in his artwork into actual, tangible weaves. While he has already produced several pieces using online tools, the next stage of his idea is to create a new body of work at the Dutch Audax Textielmuseum’s TextielLab as part of an artist residency program, and he’s turning to Kickstarter (video below) to fund it. The artist hopes that by translating the work to textiles, he can bring some of the "beautiful vulgarity of vibrant colors and blatant disregard for following the rules" into our ordinary lives. Glitch blankets don’t come cheap, though. The least expensive item on offer is a 60x40-inch machine knit piece for $375.

Both Stearns and his work were recently featured in a PBS Off Book video about glitch art entitled The Art of Glitch (video below). The artist and others talk about how glitch art is produced, incorporating it in live performance, and what the medium represents.