Elizabeth (Libs) Elliott is a textile artist exploring the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using generative design to build handmade quilts. A deep appreciation for craftsmanship, design history and future-focused applications are all reflected in her work. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Since 2012, Elliott has been exploring how modern technology can transform a traditional and tactile craft into modern functional art without abandoning the inherent pleasures of handcrafted products. All Eliott’s quilts are randomly designed using a programming language called Processing. Working from digital to analogue combines the quick gratification of generative design with the slow handcraft of building a quilt. Rendering compositions based on simple geometric forms, there are millions of possible combinations and each one is unique. But in the end, it’s the idea of transforming intangible strings of letters and numbers into something warm and luxurious that really appeals to her.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.