VectorDrift Glitch Art Melting Unicorn

VectorDrift Glitch Melting Unicorn

https://vimeo.com/121387268

This is a little sketch I created as I continue my glitch art experiments. The still image of the unicorn glove puppet was distorted using a Processing sketch called VectorDrift written by textile/glitch artist Philip Stearns which is available to download via GitHub.

The Processing sketch allows you to distort a still image. In this instance I used a still image from a film of my unicorn glove puppet that was shot against a green screen allowing my to key out the background and overlay the image over another clip.

Philp Stearns has been creating glitch inspired textile art for some time. You can checkk out a lot of his work on his Tumblr blog Year of The Glitch here.

“NSFW” Solo Exhibition

Embroidery Exhibition featuring subversive cross stitched samplers

“NSFW” Solo Exhibition

24 March – 4 April 2015
Private View: Thursday 26 March 2015, 6 – 8pm

I am happy to be able to announce that The Sho gallery will be hosting my solo exhibition entitled NSFW; an exhibition of new work featuring interactive hand embroidered objects and short films featuring my glove puppets.

This body of work, which will include embroidered samplers from The Hunt for the Unicorn series, critiques our attitudes towards sex, identity, morals and privacy in our increasingly digitally inter-connected society. In a world in which nudity has become commonplace; whether through the unavoidable abundance of internet porn; shared photos of anonymous amateurs and celebrity sex tapes, or more recently phone hacking scandals, how do we conduct oursleves we interact in an online world. How much of ourselves should we give up? How much is too much?

Subverting commonly held assumptions that embroidery is an activity reserved for the female of the species, Spike reveals the phallocentric language of sex through stitch. Familiar digital pixels are replaced with pixelated cross-stitches which expose the aggressive and often harassing nature of the way in which messages and images are often distributed across our multifarious wi-fi’d networks.

Please note: work on display as a part of this exhibition will contain strong language and images of a sexual nature.

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The Lost Lectures – Jake Chapman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hIShS7GGvE

Jake & Dinos Chapman are two of the most controversial figures in the art world – with Dinos suffering with an explosive bout of ‘diarrhea’ his better half, Jake, did us proud (ish) by sharing a few thought on life, love and art by answering audience questions from a hat. The result, about as painful as his brothers stomach problems.

via: www.thelostlectures.com

Museum of British Folklore

https://vimeo.com/86265188

Folklore is a vibrant element of ‘Britishness’ and a living cultural heritage; these beliefs, customs and expressions link the past to the present and help us understand our specific communities and cultures, as well as our shared humanity. Far from being static or an ageing genre, it remains relevant by adapting to new circumstances, with the ‘Folk’ (people), and the ‘lore’ (stories) continually informing and influencing each other.

www.museumofbritishfolklore.com

Programming Continuous Rotation Servos with Arduino

https://vimeo.com/117368806

Programming Continuous Rotation Servos with Arduino

Having completed the stitched elements of my latest piece of work I’ve now moved on to constructing the mechanics that will support this embroidered pieces. This has involved learning how to programme continuous rotation servos with Arduino.

I’ve dabbled with Arduino in the past for fun so have a very basic grasp of the programming language required. However, my aim is to power four continuous rotation servo motors from the Arduino sweeping through 120 degrees in either direction at random which a little more complicated than anything I’ve done in the past.

A normal servo motor would be able to sweep through 180 degrees, or parts thereof, and whilst I might be able to increase it’s sweep using a system of gears it will always, at some point have to move back again. The continuous rotation servos allow me to programme them in such a way that they could move clockwise or ant-clockwise completely at random.

//positioning a continuous rotation servo
//using a delay to poistion the motor
#include <Servo.h>
Servo myServo;
 
void setup() { 
  myServo.attach(6);
  myServo.writeMicroseconds(1500);  // Stop 
} 

void loop() { 
myServo.write(1526); //C-Clockwise
delay(1771);
myServo.write(1500); //Stop
delay(2000);
} 

Unlike a standard servo the continuous rotation servos can’t be positioned to 120 degrees and so I have had to use a delay as a timer to position the motors each time they are activated. The code above is an a example of how I have been positioning the motors at 120 degree intervals.

It’s not as straight forward as positioning a standard servo but with some patience and lots of trial and error I’ve just about worked out the appropriate delay to continually position the motors at 120 degree intervals now. This is then combined with the ‘random’ function and a series of ‘if/else’ queries in the Arduino.

I think I’ve nearly cracked it as you can see at the end of the video above!

Cross Stitched Panels Complete

hand embroidered x-stitch panel completed
cross stitched panels created using DMC floss thread

Work in Progress: Cross Stitched Panels Complete

So after several months work, and somewhere in the region of 400 hours of stitching, I’ve finally completed all twelve panels for my latest piece of work. The panels have been sewn together, in four groups of three, to create triangular structures as pictured above.

All that’s left now is for me to complete the housing for these structures. That will be another task to keep me busy but hopefully only for a couple of weeks rather than the months I have spent working with cross stitch up until now.

Lonely Sculpture (aka Tinder Finger)

https://vimeo.com/93852159

Lonely Sculpture (2014) is a sculpture by artist Tully Arnot. It’s a relatively simple idea but it’s a fantastic and humorous comment on current trends with regards to new technology, apps and online dating. A smart phone loaded with the Tinder app is placed beneath a mechanical silicone finger which repeatedly taps on the phone ‘interacting’ with other users of the app.