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Friday, October 19, 2012

Morse-Spam Jumper

I converted 10 days worth of spam subject lines from my personal email into morse code using this Morse Code Converter. Then I found themes and colour coded them (see below). Using knit as (-) and purl as (.) I knitted the front piece of my jumper using the morse-spam as a pattern.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Check out the Instaspam site ----> Click here 

Developed by Adam Howard of and designed by Robert Costello. 
We hope you waste many hours with this.

This project responded to a desire to make something tangible and finite from extraneous internet content. Concentrating on email spam as a tool for curating images, we developed a system in order to combine email subject lines with images from Instagram.

During the Hackathon we created a JavaScript hashing function that derives a number from the subject line of a spam message. The number generated is then used to retrieve a seemingly random photograph from Instagram. When combined with the original, these image/text pairings create unexpected and humourous narratives. The digital and ephemeral qualities of the email spam are also transformed by printing physical flyers which are available at the Whitechapel gallery door and throughout the space.  

Morse-Spam Jumper

I really wanted to wear this last week at the Digital Sizzle show in the Whitechapel Gallery. It was a bit ambitious though - knitting a whole jumper in a week. Two weeks though, and I'm on the final stretch. Should be sewing up tonight. 

Finished pictures soon hopefully.


I made this at the Hackathon. It's not finished yet, but the aim is to have it release a single sweet for each spam email I receive. I'm working on the arduino part now.