I think there’s nothing new about jacquard weaving, it’s the oldest computer, a mechanical computer. It’s kind of this symbolic act to me as a weaver, of using technology to bring back cottage industry and reacquaint people with the act of making in their own homes.
The ability to self-actualize for women is mediated now by the garment industry, and for me that was always uncomfortable. They really affected the way women see their own bodies, and I think the act of actually weaving fabric and knowing your body enough to be able to clothe it is a kind of meditation on your own body without judgement.
Pamela Liou is exploring how simple technology could change the way we relate to our clothes. By building an open-source desktop loom, she wants to build a cottage industry of weavers who have control over the products they use.