The Book of Love
A soft visualization of even softer data; love stories.
The Jacquard loom, invented in 1801, represents the earliest translation of data into material. The loom used an innovative "punch-card" system which the loom read as the code to create complex woven patterns. This is considered the precursor to the computer program.
In the Book of Love, I wanted to visualize the softest data in the softest way. The history of the loom and the poetic nature of weaving led me to explore the visual language of love through this medium.
The Book of Love seeks to expand our cultural understanding of love by visualizing a diverse collection of relationships. How does limiting the experience of 'loving' to one word limit our cultural perspective about what love can be? How can love be summed up in a more human way?
I interviewed people around me about the most important relationships in their lives. What do they feel like? Which adjectives would you use to describe them? Can you describe the relationship in a metaphor?
With these soft stories, I translated the essence of each relationship into color, composition, and tactility.