Electric Sheep - 2020
Electric Sheep 2020 – cotton crochet and digital film
WINNER - SEED STITCH CONTEMPORARY TEXTILE AWARD - YARN INNOVATION AWARD SPONSORED BY SKEIN SISTERS, EXHIBITED AT THE AUSTRALIAN DESIGN CENTRE DURING SYDNEY CRAFT WEEK 2020
Electric Sheep is a stop frame animation made from individual filet crochet figures jumping over a fence in a never ending loop.
Inspired by the title of the Philip K Dick book ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’ this work is a glimpse into what a crafted digital future could look like. The binary nature of filet crochet, with it’s open and closed squares, is used to create a simulation of pixelated imagery and to generate a hybrid expression that is both textile and digital. Perhaps robots would yearn for domesticity and dream of traditional hand craft as they drift off to sleep?