Jacquard Routing

The works in this series are created from the computer models of some of the “PCB Drawings.” They are part of an ongoing exploration of the connections between textile manufacturing and the computing/electronics industry. Jacquard looms were the first automatically controlled machines ever created. Their design inspired the first attempt at building a computer, the Babbage Analytical Engine. Their control mechanism, punched cards, was used for decades in modern electronic computers. Furthermore, for many years, early electronic computers were built using “weave routing,” a method of connecting components together which closely resembles a woven textile. In addition, early computers often used magnetic core memories, which were manufactured in a laborious process of hand weaving.