Toni Buckby is an artist working with textiles and interactive digital technologies, focusing on the intersection between traditional craft practices, computing and electronics. Her work explores the process of making, the creative integration of experimental technologies with traditional textile techniques and the mathematics of pattern.
Concerned with the physicality of textiles, her practice explores how haptic digital technologies can be used to create interactive art works. Applying these ideas to heritage objects, fragile things kept untouchable behind glass, forms the basis of her work as an artist-researcher and in 2018 she began her PhD research project, “Re-embroidering Blackwork: exploring digital reconstruction and interpretation through contemporary art practice”, as a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student at Sheffield Hallam University and The Victoria & Albert Museum.
Toni specialises in hand stitched embroidery, with a particular focus on the 16th century technique of Blackwork, as well as working with traditional spinning and weaving techniques, e-textiles, digital fabrication methods, electronics and code.
Selected Exhibitions and Performances
2018: The Interlace Project, Spon Spun 2018: Re-Invention, Artspace Arcadia Gallery, Coventry.
2017: sampler/sampler_2.0 [in collaboration with Sean Cottrill], Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, Access Space Labs, Sheffield.
2016: sampler/sampler_1.0 (performance) [in collaboration with Sean Cottrill], Crafting Sound (I), Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.
2015: Sonic Pattern Group Performance, Access Space, Sheffield.
2014: Sheffield Hallam MA Show, S1 Gallery, Sheffield.
2013: Shirt, Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.
2013: Shirt (performance), Fear of Fa!ling, Creative Sparks 2013, Hallam University, Sheffield.
2012: Why You So Cold?, Never Mind the Bollocks: Here’s the Art Wankers, Creative Arts Development Space, Sheffield.
2011: S3 7TX and S3 7UD, Occupation: Armed with Needles, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield.
2016: Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement Residency, Access Space, Sheffield (http://algomech.com/2016/).
2018 – PRESENT: PhD Research Project, “Re-embroidering Blackwork: exploring digital reconstruction and interpretation through contemporary art practice”, a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between Sheffield Hallam University and The Victoria & Albert Museum.
2017 – 2020: The Interlace Project – a D-LAB co-commission with Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making.
Grants and Bursaries
2017: Making Ways R&D bursary.
Cottrill, S. & Buckby, T. (2016) sampler/sampler: An Interface Exploring Commonality Between Sampling Practices in Digital Music and Blackwork Embroidery, International Conference on Live Coding 2017.
Why you so cold? – Music Video of the Year 2012, ArtRocker Magazine.
2014 – Present: Digital Fabrication, Electronics and Computing – at Access Space, Sheffield.