Glitched Textile


“Digital Cloak” Dyed yarn and Knitting

A visual glitch is a product of an error that usually is caused by a mistranslation because of loss or a breakdown in a digital communication or device. These errors can reveal the language of a digital image. Materializing digital pixels enables us to explore different ways to translate digital tools into a palpable textile surface. This also shows us how digital and ancestral techniques can be intimately connected.

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Experiments with audacity and pattern files.


Berbère Carpet


Kente cloth, Togo.

This traditional African woven textile is surprisingly very glitch look liking. Indeed the weavers stretch and compress a chosen pattern on the entire surface. This because when it is worn over the shoulder, the stretched part comes on the length of the body and the compressed part near the face. The visual scaling creates a optical sensation as when you meet someone your eye does “saccadic movements” on the face and then a lighter glance at the body. In mathematics the term for this pattern scaling is called “contractive affine transformation“. Source: African Fractals, Ron Eglash

Here is an example of a glitch compressed in 5 steps:

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teinture glitch

Experimenting knitting with dyed threads.

Four years ago i discovered the IKAT weaving technique which consists of dying a warp or weft by using resist dye technique. I stayed in a traditional Ikat workshop in Uzbekistan for a month to study this intricate process. The pattern is created on the folded warp with a reflective symmetry technique.  What is amazing in this technique is the result of small shifts made when you put the dyed yarn on the loom which gives the pattern a kind of moving vibration. I started to use the same technique for knitting by dying my yarn so that just with a simple stitch it could create a pattern. Digital glitches look quite similar to me with Ikat textiles. Adding to that, the process of erasing or moving the ASCII data of a picture in order to create a distortion, is also similar to when you slightly shift your dyed yarn on your knitting machine. Each time it then recreates a new pattern.

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Ouzbekistan,  ikat workshop


Glitched Carpet with .raw format


Glitched Jaquard, weaving card with .raw format

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Knitting pattern glitched directly from the knitting machine.


My hacked Knitting machine with Knitic open source project.

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Glitches made from the knitting machine.

echantillon glitch

Pattern made with different file formats

A textile has also a sort of data encoded that shows us the way it was made. We can explore this (like in data bending) when you start deconstructing a textile structure which will give us different information on it’s construction. For example, on a woven textile you can know the number of threads per cm (in a digital image this would be your pixel resolution). You can know the drawing in of a loom (running the warp threads through the loom harness in order to set up the loom for weaving) which as in computer programming would be a given mathematical rule.

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Deconstruction on jacquard weaving.


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tapisserie detail net


Distortion with a scanner.


Other glitch art/


Digital artist Phillipe Stearns who explored glitch in jacquard weaving.


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Joan Salo

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Chad Wys

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