You know me - can't resist a chance to mix different craft techniques with a bit of science, so when my mate Sally asked me to make a piece for her QR-3D project, I jumped at the chance.
QR codes are traditionally a two-dimensional device used by barcode readers and camera phones consisting of smaller black squares on a larger square white background. The information contained within usually directs code readers to a website, but can also be used to hide text messages or other information.
I chose to take the QR code for my blog, and that of MyTarPit, and just as we are joined in matrimony, joined them. Then used them in one layer of a four-colour separation screenprint on velvet.
The result was an edition of two headboards.
The project is open to public involvement.
Sally explains, “I hope people will be inspired to find out what QR codes are and what they do. I want to see how people experiment with different sorts of textiles to try and create QR codes that function and will direct people to a website. I’d love to see all sorts of people involved, those who love the internet and digital technology, or craft and making, people who just love pattern or secret codes, there are so many appealing things about it. It would be great to think that through this, more people will become familiar with how QR codes can magnify the power of the internet. For example, to help promote their small business, find other like minded makers, or be inspired to try something new.”
The project is open to everyone, people who make for fun or professionally. To get involved visit
www.qr-3d.weebly.com Simply choose your website, turn it into a QR code (instructions are provided on the website) and recreate it with textiles. Then add it to the online gallery by July 31st. Full details of how to do this are on the website. A guest panel of craft and digital professionals will choose pieces from the online gallery to go into the exhibition held at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK, in autumn 2011.