The HTML Patchwork on display at TNMOC

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The HTML Patchwork, a colourful seven feet high quilt created by more than 200 sewers from across the globe, is on show at The National Museum of Computing from now until the end of December 2010.

To complement the display, another quilt, the Code Patchwork, has just been started and Museum visitors are being invited to help complete it on special workshop days over the next six months.

LATEST: Code Patchwork Workshop Days for 2011: Saturday afternoons of 26 February and 9 April.

The HTML Patchwork comprises 216 individually made hexagonal patches of coloured fabric each representing a hexadecimal RGB colour code personalised by the sewer and often stitched with their own URL. Full patchwork and quilter details here:

Ele Carpenter, the artist who instigated the HTML Patchwork and who teaches curating at Goldsmiths College, London said “I wanted to bring together software programmers, HTML users and crafts people to share their skills and investigate the relationship between programming for embroidery and computing.

“Over the past two years, people from Brighton to Newcastle and from Australia to Canada have contributed by stitching 216 fabric patches in the shape of a mouse mat. The Patchwiki ( includes a page for each of the sewers who uploaded their images and shared their experiences of making their patch.”

Lin Jones, Operations Manager at TNMOC said: “We are developing a tradition of welcoming artists and art at The National Museum of Computing. Last weekend, to mark the arrival of the HTML Patchwork here, Ele Carpenter and the Museum invited members of the public to embroider the definition of “code” in a new patchwork which is also now on display as a work in progress. This new work is part of the 'Embroidered Digital Commons' and will be stitched through a series of workshops at the Museum over the next six months.

“The patchwork certainly gives a new perspective on our computing heritage. Last year, Matthew Applegate of Pixelh8 composed Obsolete, a piece of music using the sounds of more than 80 machines in the Museum. It attracted a standing-room only audience at Bletchley Park and some of his work can now be heard in the PC Gallery at the Museum.”

The HTML Patchwork can be seen at the Museum during its usual opening hours (see for details) until the end of December.

Future dates of the Code Patchwork workshops at TNMOC will appear on

The HTML Patchwork was initiated by Ele Carpenter’s residency at Access Space an open-source open-access media lab in Sheffield, UK, supported by Arts Council England.

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