That image above isn’t an artisan fabric, created for some hipster clothing line; it isn’t a poster for a new band created by some graphic-designer from Switzerland with rare, pointy glasses. It’s actually a visualization of an electrical circuit.
Artist Eva Schindling specializes in data viz, and to create these pieces, she first connected a bunch of electrical components: resistors, capacitors, transistors, inductors, diodes. Then, she connected these to electrical-single reading devices, and ran these through Processing, an open-source data-viz program created by the legendary Ben Fry.
Processing allowed Schindling to visualize the electrical readings from the circuit, in myriad colors and patterns :
A crazy-looking spiral that resembles a carburetor or maybe a piece of art made of magnetic ferrofluid:
What looks like a purple flame stitch:
And a couple variations on those two themes:
These are all part of a larger series you can see on Flickr, which Schindling has been working on since 2009 titled Circuit Explorations.
[Via But Does It Float]