Workshop: Digital embroidery

UROM, Bergen Public Library 06.05.2017 10.0007.05.2017 16.00


In this one-day workshop, you will make creations in the unique environment of the Commodore 64 and translate these shapes and forms into physical objects.

The workshop is led by artist Raquel Meyers, and is a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK.

In the workshop we will be using the classic game console Commodore 64 to create patterns, animations and illustrations. We will use classic embroidery as a starting point for making creative, digital animations and vice versa, using grid based animation, where each pixel can be translated to a needlepoint.

Raquel will show how these shapes and illustrations can be made by using the unique technique and functionality of the Commodore 64. With a limited and abstract set of colours and shapes, these illustrations can be translated to physical materials such as embroidery and rubber stamps. Due to the unique grid system used in the Commodore 64 to create patterns and shapes, it is translatable to the classic cross stitching craft. Raquel will show examples, and participants will get a chance to both make creations in the unique environment of the Commodore 64, and to translate these shapes and forms to physical objects.

The Commodore 64, also known as the C64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982, that was widely popular as one of the first game consoles. Using the Commodore 64 screen as a canvas, a rectilinear grid where one keystroke at a time is used to build character-by-character imagery, the imagery comes to life as a combination of shapes in limited colours, characters and letters from the alphabet, numbers, punctuation marks and special symbols.

Raquel Meyers is Spanish artist based in Sweden, who defines her practice as Keyboardslöjd (Drawing & Crafting by Type). She utilizes the Classic C64 game console to create animations, teletext pages and cross stitch pieces.

Participants can bring their own laptop to install the needed software we will be using.

Material costs: 250,-

Saturday May 6th: 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday May 7th: 12:00 – 16:00

To join, send an email to
Please specify wether you want to join on Saturday May 6th or Sunday May 7th.


Digital Embroidery is part of the workshop series Digicraft; a collaboration between Bergen Public Library and BEK. Digicraft is supported by the Cultural development programme (KUP), Hordaland County.