I previously mentioned my collaboration with Andy McDonald and JR Campbell from the Centre of Advanced Textiles (CAT) at Glasgow School of Art, which ‘has been established to provide cutting-edge fabrice printing facilities and expertise to a wide range of design-based clients. Equipped with the latest digital printing technology, CAT is committed to meeting the diverse needs of design companies and manufacturers of any size, regardless of industry sector.’
As our first collaborative step away from the mass-merchandised, homogenized world of design, we have integrated the processes of generative art with textile design to create the Blowing on a Dandelion kimono. The long-term objective is to create a platform that will give you the opportunity to construct highly interactive and collaborative experiences that enable users to design, customize and remix their own unique textile products.
The images below show early stages of the design and printing of the kimono. The kimono has since been cut and assembled and is in route to San Francisco – where I will be unveiling it at my FITC goes to Max session on Wednesday the 19th at 2:30.
After the artwork is generated from a series of color and aesthetic algorithms, it is automatically dispersed across the pattern – and across the seams – so the end result is a design that simply flows elegantly around the kimono.
Hot off the textile printer! Andy choose to go with a super shiny Silk Viscose Satin material so the colors would be really vibrant. It looks great here – I can’t wait to see it in person!