Working with Modern Materials
But who says tapestry has to mean wool and silk? Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese have been working for nearly 10 years in their Brooklyn studio on 50 Different Minds, a fiber-optic tapestry that’s woven on a loom. The fiber-optic threads get their orders from electronic sources. One of the sections is fed by Twitter—if a lot of people use the word crimson, it turns red. “In the 21st century, we find our stories threaded and networked through the Web,” says Ligorano. As Reese puts it, “Data is just another material.”
The glowing, mysterious beauty of the abstract composition they have created is merely the next step in the tapestry story, which has been going on for thousands of years and shows no signs of ending.
Shown above is the digital tapestry, 50 Different Minds, woven in fiber-optic threads
by artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese.