OSLOOM – An Open Source Jacquard Loom

OSLOOM (short for OPEN SOURCE LOOM) is a project aimed at creating an open source electromechanical thread-controlled floor loom that will be computer controlled. The loom itself will be a Jacquard style loom. Jacquard looms allow for the individual control of each thread which in turn allows for photographic imagery to be woven. Jacquard looms like this exist commercially but they are very expensive (upwards of $30,000). This project aims to produce a Jaquard loom and put it in the reach for individuals and small educational facilities.


About the Authors

Margarita Benitez – Lead Instigator
Margarita Benitez has an interdisciplinary background that mixes art and technology, interface design, tangible computing, 3D, architecture and fiber and material studies. She holds a M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is currently the Fashion Technologist and Assistant Professor at Kent State University. Please visit her website at http://margaritabenitez.com/ or http://benitezvogl.com/
Ed Bennett – Hardware Developer
Ed Bennett specializes in supporting and collaborating with people who use physical computing and mechatronic technology in art and design. He works with groups and individuals on projects, consults on project conceptualizations, builds prototypes, and teaches workshops. Please visit his website at http://kineticsandelectronics.com/
Chris Yanc – Software Developer
Chris Yanc is a Professional Interactive Designer and Developer  based in NE Ohio. He is also working on multi sensory interactive designs for national and international clients. His quickest update on experiments about this emerging opportunity can be found on http://cyancdesign.com
Markus Vogl – Project Manager (presenter)
Markus Vogl is a NE Ohio based media artist experimenting in multiple sensory experiences combining sound, environments and interactive installation. He currently is an Assistant Professor at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. Please visit his website at http://benitezvogl.com/