Lespie Winnachie's Loom
LESPIE WINNACHIE'S LOOM is a plaything made in the MaxMSP environment, which tells the story of a monkey brought back home to the Isle of Arran in the early 1900s, and its adventures inside the loom of a local weaver one chaotic Sunday morning.

I made this as part of the Northword Storytagging Project, part of the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. The story was gathered in 1965 by John MacInnes on Arran, and the audio snippet from that is available on the Tobar An Dualchais archive.

These two short videos show a demo of me mucking about with it, and a bit more info on what's going on. If you are interested in testing this out yourself, details at the bottom of the page >>>


I hope you enjoyed this intro to Lespie's Loom - there are countless ways I can think of to take this further, so more videos may appear, but I'd also love to hear your suggestions so do get in touch. If you want to learn more about weaving drafts there are countless better explanations than I can give, for example THIS ONE.

Trying it Out (Mac only atm, sorry...):

If you are a MaxMSP user, you ought to be able to try it yourself by downloading THIS MAX COLLECTIVE and opening it in Max 8.

If you aren't, you might still be able to by downloading THIS DISK IMAGE, moving the app on the disk over to your applications folder and opening it up.
- If you're using this version, then when you double-click on the app you might get an error message saying it is damaged and needs to be trashed. If this happens, then instead of double-clicking on it, try right-clicking / two-finger clicking and selecting "open" from the drop-down menu.
- if this still doesn't work, and you are using Catalina or later, then you *should* still be able to get the above Max Collective version to work by going to cycling74.com, installing the free demo version of Max, and then opening the collective. YMMV.

This won't make a functional difference, but if you install the Breite Grotesk Regular font then the loom will open in it's Sunday Best.

copyright 2021 Hector MacInnes, All Rights Reserved
portrait photo by Julia Rebaudo