'Archiving is the preservation of knowledge' – Sue Hemmens, Marsh’s Library.
How do we reflect in an age of digital ephemera? Storing, filing and archiving of information for future use is an integral part of the human experience, however, in our current digital landscape, this information has become ephemeral due to issues around ownership, rapid optimisation and quantity of data recorded.
'Woven Chats' is an exploration of this digital ephemera and how meaning can be extracted from this data. By creating a platform that enables users to explore and attribute value to an abstracted version of their WhatsApp data in the form of a digital and physical tapestry.
Each stitch represents a text message, highlighting key events and emotions using colour and form, allowing the user to create an object encoded with personal significance that reflects their relationships.