Fabric Made from Magnetic Tape

Street Tech’s Court Lensman Jay Townsend send us a link to this fascinating project by an artist named Alyce Santoro. For her “Sonic Fabric,” she weaves 50% prerecorded cassette tape and 50% cotton together to create a fabric that can be made into clothing, handbags, flags/banners. You can then play the (literally) recorded material by running a tape head over the surface of the fabric. With all the talk of SPIME and cradle-to-cradle object tracking, this is a cool and unique way of decoding the history of a recycled material’s previous incarnation(s). (“Hey, I found out today that the armpit of my jacket was once a best-selling Country Western song.”)