Shop Adventures Vol. 2

In the dark days of yesteryear , the Graphtec plotter only printed with one pen, a thin, black, felt tip marker. The drawings were colorless, and only consisted of an single, narrow line weight.
Then came the hero, the one called Simon, who modeled and 3d printed a new collet, allowing a new type of pen to grace the plotter’s paper.

Shop Adventures Vol. 1

The mystery of the Graphtec plotter Disclaimer: These are just my observations, I make no claim to facts Context: I wanted to use the plotter to draw some posters for my upcoming show. I was printing these out in batches of 10 to minimize color changes, time, and wear on the paper which will disintegrateContinue reading “Shop Adventures Vol. 1”

Get Physical, TC2 Workshop

In this week’s workshop, we got to weave our drafts from ADAcad with help from Laura Devendorf, the software’s creator. On the left is a 2 pic fabric, woven in black and blue on the front, and black and white on the back. This cloth was also woven with a ‘pic’ of conductive thread nextContinue reading “Get Physical, TC2 Workshop”

AdaCad Workshop +Homework

Laura Devendorf’s AdaCad workshop was a lot of fun, and a great experience to meet an artist building their own software to enhance their craft. While her tool is still in development, and admittedly a bit confusing to use, for the unimitated, I saw how powerful it can be. The Grasshopper-like interface is especially useful,Continue reading “AdaCad Workshop +Homework”

Research Project Ideas

Ever since freshman year, I have been enthralled with art making machines. Especially the three axis precision machines we call CNCs such as 3d printers, laser cutters, routers, and plasma cutters. These devises are capable of incredible additive and subtractive manufacturing, executed with precision, on a repeatable basis. These qualities are attractive, but I’m alsoContinue reading “Research Project Ideas”

Grasshopper Weaving

This workshop followed our lesson on traditional weaving, and the demo on the floor loom. Having seen that demo on the traditional loom, the risers and sinkers in grasshopper made a lot of sense in visualizing the simulated cloth. In this exercise, we created digital cloth through a progression of grasshopper components which created aContinue reading “Grasshopper Weaving”

Modulated twill

Weaving Workshop Reactions I thoroughly enjoyed weaving on the 8-heddle floor loom. The main stitch I chose to experiment with was twill. While I’m positive that I am not using proper weaving terminology, I decided to modulate the variables of my twill, adding risers from two all the way up through seven, as well asContinue reading “Modulated twill”

Reading Response – Generative Algorithms Concepts and Experiments: Weaving by Zubin Khabazi and On Weaving: The Fundamental Constructions by Annie Albers

Zubin Khabazi’s guild to visualizing and encoding weaving to use on a Jacquard Loom is both thorough and fascinating. The step by step breakdown of the process makes it understandable, something which can be hard to achieve when looking at the whole grasshopper definition at once. I appreciated the attention to detail and the explanationsContinue reading “Reading Response – Generative Algorithms Concepts and Experiments: Weaving by Zubin Khabazi and On Weaving: The Fundamental Constructions by Annie Albers”

Encoding Environment Workshop

Marantha Dawkins’s workshop on pattern building in grasshopper was a great example of how versatile parametric design can be. The workshop involved sampling brightness values from an image, then mapping those values to constructed pattern pieces in grasshopper, recreating the image though abstract shape. From there the patterns were traced in hot glue on aContinue reading “Encoding Environment Workshop”

Reading Response – The Sympathy of Things by Lars Spuybroek

In Lars Spuybroek’s 2011 book The Sympathy of Things I agree with the idea in the first section that “as all craft moves toward design, all labor must move towards robotics”. I have been using digital design for a few years, and I often feel as though I am missing the craft nature of artwork.Continue reading “Reading Response – The Sympathy of Things by Lars Spuybroek”

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