I weave the patterns of brain structures, microchips, microsensors,
bar codes and machine language. - W. Logan Fry
As a weaver, I have noticed striking similarities between the
designs incorporated into traditional and ethnographic textiles,
on the one hand, and contemporary technological design, on the
other. Ancient, “primitive” and traditional cultures have often
used the complexity afforded by strong design not merely for
aesthetic purposes, but also to record complex information pertaining
to such important matters as hunting lore, epic battles, genealogy,
the spirit world and sacred rite.
The complicated patterns of microchips have a parallel purpose
- to facilitate the recording and manipulation of information
through complex, digital pathways; but the designs themselves
are often remarkably similar to traditional, ethnographic design.