Crafted Logic

Ebru Kurbak and Irene Posch

What if digital electronics emerged from textile handcrafts? How would technology be different if craftspeople were the catalyst to the electronics industry, via textiles manufacturing?

Crafted Logic is part of a larger research towards crafting a computer from scratch through textile crafting techniques. The exhibited piece is a fragment of an 8-bit universal computer, composed of crocheted relays.

Crochet is a craft widely spread, specifically as domestic activity in Anatolia. As a result, crochet goods have a long-standing tradition to be used in household décor and wedding traditions among others. In theframework of Amber Festival, we connect with local women to produce a “high tech” object stemming from their prevalent craftsmanship expertise. Building upon their otherwise mostly undervalued skills, we collectively create an artifact that aesthetically and functionally grows with the individual’s craft contribution.

Engineering assistance: Matthias Mold