Anna Lucia is a generative artist based in Cairo, who draws with code and randomness.
Loom Series characterizes by horizontal and vertical threads weaved together guided by a punching card generated at the moment of transaction. Often randomness distorts the orderly woven pattern. Thread colors are picked from a single color palette. The algorithm behind Loom emulates the inner workings of a 4-shaft hand weaving loom, and the weaving pattern is generated at the moment of transaction.
"I was inspired to do something with weaving when I learned about the female designers of the Bauhaus movement. Women studying at Bauhaus were often nudged into the weaving workshop because other crafts weren't deemed appropriate for women at the time. This, in particular, struck a chord with me because, almost a century later, I was fighting relatable ignorances at work.Aesthetically I quickly moved away from the initial inspiration. I consciously didn't want to make a digital approximation of something that looks woven but interpret the inner workings of weaving looms and merge that with my own aesthetic. Similarly, the distortions were inspired by old pieces of fabric falling apart; this inspired the algorithm underneath, distorting the underlying grid. But keeping the aesthetics digital, sometimes producing Looms reminiscent of computer circuit boards. I want to keep the primitive shapes that the work is made of visible." — Anna Lucia in conversation with Marcelo Soria-Rodriguez