The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985
Mar 13, 2020
Jun 13, 2020
Sarah Haskell weaving on a computer aided loom that is running the Weave Master software, Family Computing Magazine, Nov. 1983. Photo by Flint Born. ©
FRONT & CENTER
Front & center
Weaving lies at the heart of the Information Age. Many cite the Jacquard Loom as inspiration for the first computers. Yet this is where most histories stop, a move that positions craft's influence on technology as a curiosity. This exhibition challenges this narrative, highlighting women who worked with technology and textiles before the rise of personal computing. Works by Janice Lourie, Sonia Sheridan, Sonya Rapoport, Lia Cook, and Katherine Westphal, highlight the shared concerns and approaches that unite textiles and technology. The Computer Pays Its Debt tells the missing stories of women’s creative contributions to early computing while scrutinizing how corporations leveraged metaphors of craftwork and domesticity for commercial gain.
about the artists
Since its inception in 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has imagined and executed an innovative vision for arts development that touches every corner of our state — all 100 counties — from the mountains to the coast.
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