Funded by University of the West of Scotland and Renfrewshire Council, Paisley Pearls is the outcome of the 2016 inaugural UWS Paisley Digital Art Commission originated by UWS Creative Media Academy director Professor Nick Higgins in collaboration with New Media Scotland.
The winners of the commission, artist duo Vicky Isley and Paul Smith aka boredomresearch, were tasked with creating a project that would support Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
The artists sought to reimagine the Paisley Pattern in a form both befitting the digital age, whilst also embodying the incredible diversity of natural forms that can be found within Paisley’s world renowned museum collections.
Employing bespoke generative coding techniques, the Paisley Pearls project set out to create a unique digital version of
the pattern, not only for every resident of Paisley, but for every resident of the world – 7.3 billion people.
Over a period of 12 months, the artists delivered workshops to UWS students, Renfrewshire schoolchildren and elderly groups. At each of these workshops the artists developed and refined their software, building on the local community engagement to give life to a unique 3D digital form.