Night-scented flower I&II
The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns
- Ada Lovelace
Moths have a strong fascination for artificial sources of light. They are less active, feed less, and pollinate fewer flowers when drawn to light at night. Lamps can distract them to the extent that they forget about everything else, perhaps similar to the way in which humans are drawn to screens.
At night, I made infrared photographs of several night-blooming plants that moths feed on. With the help of a computerised Jacquard loom, I then translated these infrared photographs of nocturnally blooming flowers into woven tapestry. The photographs were downloaded into a software program that translated each colour into a combination of threads.
Produced at the Textile Lab of the Textile Museum in Tilburg (NL).