Detail of Fabric Design (see before and after of one of four images used below)

Detail of Fabric Design (see before and after of one of four images used below)

 Dress prototype (made with fabric design shown)

Dress prototype (made with fabric design shown)

Infrastructure Fabrics 

Infrastructure Fabrics (2015-current) is an ongoing exploration of imagery, textile designs and garments that translate and remix publicly shared pictures of data centers and infrastructures related to signal traffic and global data networks.  It is a part of the ongoing series Conversation Pieces and seeks to make visible opaque infrastructures and provoke conversation about the technologies that are omnipresent yet often invisible in our day-to-day lives.

This project used images that were generated by using an artificial neural network to match the patterns from photographs, weaving a new texture out of the source material. The algorithm was written by David Pfau who processed the images which I used to develop textile designs and garments.

The images below show before and after examples using 1-4 pictures that were tiled over 100 times and made into patterns, examples of which are also shown. An iteration of this work was shown during a talk by Pfau at the Deep Dream Symposium at Gray Area in 2016.

 See Final Fabric Design using this image at top of Page

See Final Fabric Design using this image at top of Page

 Detail of Fabric Design

Detail of Fabric Design

 Detail of Fabric Design

Detail of Fabric Design