Bode and Microsoft’s AI-Powered Archive of Quilted Textiles

Dubbed the "Bode Vault," this system catalogs the finer details of an ever-growing collection

Emily Adams Bode‘s process favors the analog; sketching details passed along by collectors and artisans, repurposing vintage quilting textiles, enlisting skilled craftsman to replicate one-of-a-kind pieces and more instead of mass-producing her ideas. Her garments—released under her eponymous luxury brand, Bode—have won her the 2019 CFDA Award for Emerging Designer of the Year and the Inaugural Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation. As such, a collaborative …

The Art of Jigsaws with Four Point Puzzles

We speak with founder Lindsay Stead about her passion and attention to detail

Puzzles of the 1,000+ piece variety require patience, level-headedness and several hours of devotion. For Four Point Puzzles founder Lindsay Stead, they’ve long been a hobby. “I have been really into puzzles since I was a kid,” she says. Stead turned that hobby into something more with the recently launched company and its first product: a 1,000 piece circular moon puzzle. Toronto-based Stead has been …

Unique Science-Themed Quilts by PaleGray Labs

Complex blanket designs featuring the periodic table, Pi, and even molecule diagrams of melatonin, THC and Ambien

When an animated film creator and science author join forces with a monster-sized robot quilting machine experimental embroidery emerges upon their blankets. Nina Paley (writer and director of “Sita Sings the Blues”) and Pop Sci columnist Theodore Gray use their unique skills to create quilts that display the entire periodic table, for example, as well as a design that beautifully displays more than 100 digits …