Visualising the econo-socio-legal crops up in the most unexpected of places…

A loom, for sale in Ikea

I stumbled across this bizarre object in Ikea. It’s a loom – about A3 in size. Apparently, it’s for weaving bags, or rugs, or toys. Or I’m not sure what. Suffice to say though, this is not why it caught my eye.

This little loom is a reminder of a piece I displayed at the 2017 SLSA conference, which used a frame and different coloured threads stretched across it to represent the different aspects of interactions. It is pictured below. I chose red for legal, yellow for economic, and green for social. The threads overlapped and crossed each other, representing the complexity of social interactions with all their various elements in a 3-dimensional model.

Representing the complexities of the econo-socio-legal

So while I may not take up weaving, this did get me thinking about ways of representing and visualising the econo-socio-legal using random and wonderful pieces that you stumble across unexpectedly.