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Paisley pattern for the digital age

Celebrate the work of artists boredomresearch in a specially commissioned exhibition taking place in Paisley Museum from 1 November 2016 until 14 January 2017. Digital artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, aka boredomresearch, selected by the University of the West of Scotland are the recipients of the inaugural UWS Paisley Digital Art Commission to create a unique Paisley pattern for everyone in the town (and, ultimately, around the world)!

Paisley pattern for the digital age

With input from local school pupils, UWS students and members of local community groups, British artists Vicky and Paul have reinvented the iconic Paisley pattern for the digital age; symbolising how Paisley itself is evolving as it competes to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

The UWS Paisley Digital Art Commission was originated by Professor Nick Higgins, Director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, in consultation with Mark Daniels of New Media Scotland and supported through funds from UWS and Renfrewshire Council.

"With over 7.4 billion humans alive on earth how do we value the individual, the unique, the last representative of a kind?  As part of the struggle to save some of the most incredible life forms on earth, boredomresearch reflect on the value of diversity, creating a unique digital paisley pearl for every human alive on earth. A digital loom in the Museum will start creating over 76,000 unique forms for the people of Paisley in tribute to the freshwater pearl mussel that thrived in the 18th century in the White Cart river in Paisley.” boredomresearch, 2016

To learn more about the process in creating the Paisley Pearls commission you can follow the artists’ blog.