QR code fence

Craft & Design
QR code fence


In Australia QR codes are used mainly in advertisements, but check out this take-back-the-medium piece by one of the folks at Radical Cross Stitch:

I’ve been working on stitching QR Codes for some time now. I’ve been doing them on regular Aida fabric (14 count mostly) and they’ve been working really well. So I decided to do it large scale. This project was stitched with black and white finger knitted wool and stitched on animal fencing (which is tough to work with but has a lovely strong and square grid).

QR Codes, or Quick Response Codes are an open source mobile phone read bar code type technology which originated from Japan (download the free reader here). While the Japanese tend to use QR codes for communicating public service information ie public transport timetables. The introduction of QR Codes to Australia has largely been based in advertising (ugh).

So I’ve been working QR Codes in cross stitch as a way of exploring non-corporate alternatives to this potentially very interesting and useful communication medium.

The piece designed for The Streets of Melbourne is designed to make a very clear statement on the irony of a privately owned and operated city square. A space that, within Western culture, has traditionally been the primary space for free speech. And of course this space in particular is part of the traditional gathering grounds for the people of the Kulin Nations.

It is to the Kulin Nations that this piece, QRacks in the Land, is dedicated.

Via Wooster Collective.

4 thoughts on “QR code fence

  1. Dr.Dubious, DDQ says:

    First – is that cross-stitch clear enough for a reader to actually interpret?

    Second – are there any decent standalone programs (ideally open source) for decoding QRCode outside of the extremely limited case of “decoding on a cellphone from the cellphone’s camera while you’re standing in front of the QRCode in question”?

    (QRCode and DataMatrix both seem to suffer from the same irritating “functional fixedness” – there’s an implicit assumption that they will only encode website URLs and only be used on cellphones, despite the fact that the standards for either support much broader capability…)

  2. QR code fence bekathwia says:

    @Dr.Dubious I wasn’t able to decode the QR code in this particular image, but that doesn’t mean that the fence isn’t capable of being decoded, possibly with a better image. The maker stated good results with smaller cross stitch, and that doesn’t surprise me. Google’s working on an open decoder called zxing, and I found an open source QR library on sourceforge japan, too. I agree about the “functional fixedness” problem. I did find a java app that’ll decode from an image online or on your computer:

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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