Seeing the similarities in the two crafts – in each case the craftsman punches holes in cards and those cards inform the behaviour of a machine – the designers were inspired to explore whether the two creation methods were interchangeable. Literally ‘weaving music,’ the pattern of an organ punch card was used as input for a loom.
An organ book was made specially for the project by Leon van Leeuwen, of the last professional street organ builders in the Netherlands. From this, Glithero made a 16m-long weaving book, with training from retired weaver Wil van den Broek. The weaving book was used with a traditional Jacquard loom and textile patterns emerged during the process. The resulting silk scarves bear the marks of the music.
Glithero also made a film showing the two craftsmen whose art is in decline. The designers say that by making the exhibition and objects, they aim to ‘save part of the know-how, memories, routines and traditions of these craftsmen’.
Made to Measure is at the Zuiderzee Museum until 30 March 2014.
Photos Petr Krejci.