Tentoonstelling Annika Syrjamaki

woensdag 15 februari 2012 - donderdag 29 maart 2012

What’s it all about?
The daily pattern is a research project exploring the possibilities of contentbased
textile design in which the daily news is used as the inspiration and
content for the patterns.
Why do this?
With the constant flow of information surrounding us at all times, the world in
one way has become smaller, but also more complex. Using the daily news as
content and
inspiration, this mass of information can be visualized in textile design, reappropriating
traditional approaches to pattern making in order to embed
meaning. Too often textile design is approached from a purely aesthetic
perspective. This project explores
approaches to textile design that serve not only a stylistic, but also a
communicative function in which the resulting form is the direct product of the
content itself. The goal is to explore the potential of interior designs to move
beyond stylistic concerns to reveal, directly or latently, deeper layers of
How is it done?
The project began by creating a database which collected news from six different
newspapers from around the world:
The Guardian, The Australian, The Citizen,
Shanghai Daily, The Washington Post, and the New York Times.
News content would be gathered from these sources several times daily. A variety
of other online resources as well as the printed newspaper were also used for
content. I worked together with a programmer to develop Processing
(processing.org) applications to analyze and
generate patterns from this information.
What are the outcomes?
The initial results mainly consisted of prints on textiles. However, as the
project continued it became less about producing an image on textile, and more
about working to embed content and information in the materiality of the pieces
themselves. This was a challenge in itself, but was quite successful in certain
mediums, particularly weaving. http://flaunt.com/blogs/bakers-dozen-25, http://mocoloco.com/archives/026746.php