Gigabyte, 16 x 16
Commercial cottons, machine pieced and quilted, stamped, embellished with computer parts
While I liked the idea of a challenge piece based on architecture, I really wanted to do something other than buildings. I thought of landscape architecture, but nothing grabbed me with that one either. I looked up the definition of architecture in Wikipedia, and the last bullet intrigued me:
The term "architecture" has been adopted to describe the activity of designing any kind of system, and is commonly used in describing information technology .
So I looked up 'computer architecture', and found this:
computer architecture is the practical art of defining the structure and relationship of the subcomponents of a computer.
That got my attention- but I had not a clue what the insides of a computer looks like! My oldest son, who is also my long-distance computer tech support, advised me to google 'gaming computers'. I did, and felt like I had struck gold. After printing off and considering several images for inspiration, I settled on this one.
I've had the text fabric in my stash for over a year, and this seemed like the perfect piece for it. To me, the text represented communication, and computers have become such a large communication tool in my lifetime.
I wanted the quilting to have a 'techno' feel to it, so I used a straight line form of stippling. Yikes, keeping the scale the same was a challenge!
My other technie family member, brother Paul, sent me some real computer parts that he had laying around. the one above was attached to eighteen or so inches of gray wire, which I played with using. I finally decided that all that wire was just too much, and cut off the two ends and used them. The Whiother piece I used it its entirety.