Artist and engineer Kirsten Baade has created a beautiful work of light art that combines the artisanal craft of embroidery with modern fibre optic technology.
Featuring colourful Australian floral motifs, Luminous Threads transfers the traditional homely craft into a large-scale public artwork to unite rather than separate technology and art.
Unlike traditional fibre optic cable that transports light form one end to the other, side-glow fibre optic cable emits light along the length of the cable, giving it the appearance of an illuminated thread. The resulting combination of light and electronics changes colour and intensity over time creating technological beauty and a sense of wonder.
Kirsten is interested in the viewer’s response to the artwork and if the work elicits a similar or different response to looking at a traditional piece of embroidery.
About the Creator
Kirsten Baade is a highly skilled creator across a variety of mediums. Her work ranges from murals and illustrations to large-scale sculptures, electronic art and light art.
Kirsten holds a BEng in Mechatronic Engineering from The University of Queensland. She has a passion for creating beautiful and quirky objects and environments.
For more information: www.kirstenbaade.com
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