Binary Code for Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace
‘Binary Code for Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace’
I have created a binary code textile installation that celebrates the first computer programmer, Ada Byron, (the Countess of Lovelace).
Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer. She published extensive notes about Charles Babbage’s Analytic Engine in 1843.
Computer language is based on Binary Code. Binary numbers make use of only 2 characters, on and off, 1 and 0.
In a similar way knitting is a system based on 2 stitches, plain and pearl with combinations and variations of these 2.
I have translated text into binary code and developed a binary code knitting pattern using white for plain and black for pearl, that covers a computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse.
‘The Analytic Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.’ Ada Lovelace 1843