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Woven Songs Textiles

Woven Songs Textiles are two synchronised films and a body of textile works and artefacts commissioned by the Zuiderzee museum and TextielMuseum Tilburg in response to the theme Immaterial Heritage. 

The subject of the film works are two craftsmen, an organ maker and a weaver, chosen by Glithero because of the uncanny similarities between their crafts - they both work with punched cards that determine the outcomes of their machines - but also because of the similarities in the characters themselves. Both craftsmen are at the end of line of craftsmen through whom knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation, but as technology pushes old ways into the past, the future of that lineage is uncertain. 

Glithero's mission was to build a bridge from one craft to another. They worked with the craftsmen to create a way to produce fabric on the weave machine using organ music punch cards to create the design. In effect, weaving music. Through this unorthodox translation of one craft into another, the skill and wisdom of the crafts is brought to the surface and made visible.

The outcome of this challenge is an exhibition presenting the fabrics and artefacts along-side a double video installation that documents the project. The Woven Song textiles and drawings, prototypes, artifacts and the films are held in the permanent collection of the Zuiderzee Museum in the Netherlands.

The Boogie Scarves are silk scarves with a design that is a direct copy of the organ book. The rectangles on the scarf are the punched holes that decide which sounds are played by the organ and even the separate pages can be found in the design. An experienced organ builder would be able to 'read' from the scarf which piece of music he has before him. Boogie Scarves was commissioned by and is held in the permanent collection of the Zuiderzee Museum, NL.

The Playing Cards damask table cloths are about the coding patterns that unite the art forms of weaving and organ music card fabrication they were commissioned by TextielMuseum, Tilburg, NL and are sold in the shop as well as held in the permanent collection. You can view and buy the Playing Cards collection online here.






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