Elsa Chartin is a masterly exponent of patterns and of tactility. Her unique artistic method combines a purposeful approach with serendipity, carefully thought-out notions with unintended results. On the first occasion that I met Elsa and her fabrics I was struck by her relaxed and natural approach to her work as an artist. An approach that welcomed me to a new and unfamiliar artistic process. It is in her work that pattern repetition and mistakes meet up with each other and in which nuances of color tones become meaningful. I understand, anew, how knowledge is produced as well as unintended results; mutations give rise to new effects. Elsa Chartin has long worked with Shibori which is a Japanese pattern-printing technique in which the cotton fabric is folded, tied tightly together and then dyed. This appears like a magical formula. Calculations and advanced logic unfold into a narrative. It is in the process of translation, the transformation of language and meaning, that a new interpretation can be undertaken. Elsas methodology becomes a metaphor for how fragments from past history can be folded, tied tightly together, and then dyed; then to be reinterpreted and unfolded to create a new experience.