Embroidered Digital Commons

Embroidered Digital Commons

Calling all stitchers, makers, hackers, and embroiderers!

Free online stitching project


Embroidered Digital Commons

Book your place at our free online stitching events now. Deadline for registration: 30 October 2020.

Are you an embroiderer or coder based in Birmingham?

Join artist Ele Carpenter to create a collective artwork which will be displayed in We Are Commoners, a national touring exhibition, launching next year (2021). You will be stitching part of the term ‘Portability’ for the Embroidered Digital Commons.

What is the Embroidered Digital Commons?

‘Embroidered Digital Commons’ is based on the beautifully crafted and poetic language of the Concise Lexicon of/for the Digital Commons written by the Raqs Media Collective in 2003. Over the last ten years participants around the world have been stitching 26 terms within this vocabulary, led by Ele Carpenter.

Portability is one out of 26 terms in the Embroidered Digital Commons project. Each participant will stitch a few words of the term which has been divided by Ele. You can read the term here: https://www.embroidereddigitalcommons.net/#/portability/

What’s involved?

Once you’ve registered we will send you an embroidery kit and instructions.

Introductory Talk & Workshop with Ele Carpenter
11 November, 6 – 7pm
Over the course of this Zoom session you will be introduced to the project, the other people taking part and a chat about collective making in: code, textiles and digital culture. During this workshop you will begin to design and stitch your contribution to the artwork.

Stitching Together
2 December, 6 – 7pm
In this Zoom session you will have the opportunity to follow on from the introductory workshop and continue stitching together. If you are unable to finish your contribution during this session, you can either carry on at home or connect with your fellow Portability stitchers via the EDC Facebook group.

Who can take part?

Anyone in Birmingham over the age of 18, with an interest in stitch or coding.

All materials are provided.

We welcome a diversity of stitch types from different cultures. No experience necessary just enthusiasm to have a go and complete your contribution before the 11th January 2021.

We aim to make all our events as accessible as possible. Due to COVID-19 these events will be run on the video platform Zoom. BSL is available, please let us know how we can help make this event more accessible for you.

What happens to the artwork?

The artwork created in Birmingham will be included in Craftspace’s national touring exhibition We Are Commoners launching in Spring 2021.

How to book

The workshop is now fully booked.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list please you may still fill in and submit the registration form below and we will contact you if places become available.

For more details please contact the Embroidered Digital Commons team: [email protected]

BSL interpretation available

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