Infinite Weft is an exploration of mathematics, computational history, and the concept of pattern. Using custom-made algorithms, weaving patterns are generated that are unique and non-repeating. Sections from this infinite pattern space are then woven by hand on an 8 harness dobby floor loom. The piece shown in Home and Hearth is a 21' long section of the pattern, woven over approximately 50 hours.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Recently, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and Popular Science. Thorps award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. He is currently Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times, and is an adjunct Professor in New York Universitys ITP program.
Diane Thorp has been weaving and working with textiles for close to forty years. Diane previously worked with gold and silver jewelry, as well as painting. Her work has been exhibited widely in Canada, including galleries and many juried art shows. She has worked on a number of major projects, including designing and weaving fabric for a Town Criers cape that was awarded the top prize for costume by European fibre specialists in Belgium. Diane is passionate about the loom and the creative transformation of threads into cloth and art. For the past few years, she has focused on woven transparencies. Her recent works have been inspired by a desire to take the woven transparency technique in a different direction, with multi media weavings that combine hand-woven linen with painting.