I was intrigued to learn of the Embroidered Digital Commons project through crafty blogger friend PickyMiss. It’s a fascinating exercise whereby the terms of the digital commons licence are hand stitched by a number of different contributors connected both socially and digitally.
I love the power and freedom of the internet and all its inherent possibilities, and I love embroidery, so how could I not want to get involved?
To quote the Open Source Embroidery website:
“The Digital Commons is a response to the inherent ‘copy n paste’ reproducibility of digital codes, scripts and files, and the cultural forms that they support. Instead of trying to claim ground or restrict access, the Digital Commons invite open participation in the production of ideas and culture. Where culture is not something you buy, but something you do“.
“The ‘Embroidered Digital Commons’ is an artwork facilitated by Ele Carpenter as part of the Open Source Embroidery project, utilising social and digital connectivity. This distributed embroidery aims to collectively stitch terms from the Lexicon as a practical way of close-reading and discussing the text and its current meaning”.
There is much poetry in this text, and I love how disconnected phrases, like the one I just embroidered, can take on a poetic resonance all of its own. If you’d like to find out more about the project please visit The Embroidered Digital Commons home page.