Museum Life: Sound and textiles

Soundweaving by Zsanett Sziarmay

Soundweaving by Zsanett Sziarmay

Back in November I wrote a short post on sound in fashion exhibitions, and I have since come across the perfect marriage of the two and have wanted to share it with readers for a while now.  Hungarian textile design student Zsanett Szirmay collaborated with musician and composer Bálint Tárkány-Kovács for her MA thesis, creating musical melodies for folk embroidery designs through punch cards that can be played like a music box–a brilliant creative endeavor that draws on the shared use of punch cards in weaving and musical transmission. The project was most recently shown during Vienna Design Week in 2014 and in Frankfurt at the Heimtextil trade fair in January 2015, and it lives on through a website, Soundweaving.  Perhaps many of you have already seen this, but if not, please visit the website to hear the “sound” of a myriad of patterns.  The results are delightful, unexpected, and beautiful.  This is the kind of multi-sensory, multimedia textile-based exhibition that I would love to see in a museum space. I hope it will be exhibited again so that Worn Through readers will be able to experience it firsthand.  If you have seen Soundweaving and wish to share your impressions, please do so below.

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  • Illango May 21, 2015 01.07 am

    This is lovely. It would be great to hear the sounds of a woven fabric as well.


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