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Embroidering Ubuntu

Here are pictures of my project (click on the pictures for the fullsize version.) The first picture is the most important: it shows my entire project–the two computer screens set up next to one another. The following four pictures are details. The LCD computer screen talks about the project as part of the project, but if you just want the visual without the artist’s textual commentary, don’t view the full image of the screenshot. 😛

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  1. Sugar Spice permalink
    April 23, 2009

    Wow, this is so neat!

    I guess what blows my mind the most is that the screen and the embroidery match. Is it life imitating art, or the other way around? 😉

    Also, the firefox is awesome.

  2. April 25, 2009

    I’ve been thinking about this project since you posted it. I’ve been thinking about the appropriation of geek culture by women and the forms it takes and what that means. For example, I know some women who make stuffed animal versions of WoW characters. And there’s a large geek t-shirt industry aimed at women (and in some cases created by women). The point of these is often to juxtapose a really masculine activity (or assumed masculine) with something really feminine. It’s meant, I think, to shock or unsettle. I wonder, if you made a pillow out of your embroidery, would it blend in with other textiles and look feminine. Or would people notice the pattern of the pillow as something technical. Is the lesson I can be very feminine and still use Ubuntu or play games or whatever? Does the technology resist feminization? Embroidery today is so associated with older generations (I think) and a kind of solitary leisure activity only done by women (who have the time). In some ways, programming is figured as the exact opposite–a solitary activity for men. I don’t have the answers for any of this, but it’s interesting that this would raise so many questions.

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