ICAD Data Scarf Workshop

ICAD Data Scarf Workshop

Your ICAD registration includes a 'data beanie' knitted from possum fur and designed to keep your head warm in the frosty mid winter mornings in Canberra.

This beanie is computer knitted from punch-cards that encode data logged from seals diving under the antarctic as part of Nigel Helyer's sonification concert pieceBiologging Retrofit. During the ICAD concert, attendees will hear a sonification of the data that is knitted into their beanie!


The workshop will provide an overview of computer knitting processes, techniques and technologies. You will then have the opportunity to map your own dataset into a computer punchcard to control a knitting machine. For example ou could map daily temperature from your home city as a pattern http://www.worldweatheronline.com/canberra-weather-averages/australian-c.... Then choose colours to design your own personal Data Scarf to keep the mid winter chill at bay.

Although each person is applying the same process, different design decisions will result in different scarves. You can map the data into a pattern in many different ways, and even whether to use colours to match your beanie. The mapping of the data onto the pattern and the choice of colour and contrast has a big effect on the final fashionability and desirability. We know because designing the data beanie has required many iterations to achieve something that we hope you will like to wear.

If you like your scarf pattern you can order it, and it will be knitted during the conference.

Updated:  6 July 2016/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications