Phillip Stearns Is Turning Digital Glitches Into Warm Blankets
When you think of glitch art, you usually associate it with having some kind of digital format—and no one can blame you for that. But, as with many things, the digital-physical divide has been breached, this time by glitch artist Phillip Stearns with his Glitch Textiles project. Currently on Kickstarter looking for fundage he describes it as “Glitches in the cold, hard logic of digital circuits transformed into warm blankets, textiles, rugs, and more.”
Digital glitches and textiles aren’t an immediate association you might make, but it’s one that Stearns is keen to bridge. “It is my hope that the beautiful vulgarity of vibrant colors and blatant disregard for following the rules that characterize much of glitch art can find its way into our everyday lives through textiles,” he notes.
The reason he has set up the Kickstarter page is so he can travel to Tilburg in the Netherlands to rent machine time at the TextielLab at the Audax Textielmuseum to work with industrial textile weaving machines. He says, "I’m hoping to be able to explore more intimately the way in which these machines are programmed and how artifacts from the process of weaving can be used to take the idea of making a Glitch Textile even further. Along the way, I’m keeping an eye out for patterns that would have applications in fashion, interior design, upholstery, and other textile-based disciplines. "
If you want to help Stearns bring glitch art to blankets, rugs, and other textiles go make a donation.