In Punch Stream, Martinez has developed a drawing tool which is used by her viewers to create imagery that she then prints using her knitting machine. Her work relies on the digital participation of its viewers to directly translate images that resemble 8-bit drawings, pixel for pixel. The process of printing the design on the knitting machine is then streamed on twitch, adding another layer of feedback and participation within the work.
“Punch Stream is a project born out of a desire to collaborate with people digitally. This is the third iteration of the project, where I’m inviting you to collaborate with me either through my website or through the mail. All submissions will be accepted, and there is no prompt. Feel free to express yourself in any way. I will then compile submissions and knit them the week of September 28th. You can tune in and watch me work LIVE on the Hot Wheelz website.” – Yvonne Martinez
Yvonne Martinez is a Chicago based fiber artist. She is interested in the types of images we collect and keep in our computer, and looks to examine what it means to publicly immortalize our digital debris. Knitting is used as a means to document the collaboration between the tangible and the ephemeral. A recent grad of the School of the Art Institute’s Fiber & Material Studies department, Martinez has shown work at Currents New Media, form & concept, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, SITE Galleries, and ARC Gallery. Contribute to her latest collaborative project at yvonnemart.com/puncher