The Museum of Craft & Folk Art in San Francisco recently hosted an Open Source Embroidery exhibit. The program, which ran from October 2009 to January 2010, was curated by Ele Carpenter, an independent curator and researcher based in Northeast Sweden and the UK.
From the website:
"Open Source Embroidery includes workshops and exhibitions that investigate how the open source software development model has been incorporated into the language of cultural participation. This major exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, makers, computer programmers and html users that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks. The works experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.
"The Open Source Embroidery exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, crafts people, computer programmers and html users which explore the relationship between craft and code, physical and digital space. The artworks experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.
"Through participatory networks over 500 people from across the UK, Sweden, USA and Canada have contributed their creative skills to collectively make works in the exhibition. Including the Html Patchwork of 216 patches each stitched with their RGB colour code."
Think about your hobbies. Is it photography? Woodworking? Poetry? Cartooning? How could the application of open source principles open new doors in the pursuit of your passions? How might it change the way you create, innovate, and share your work with others? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below.