to this, the 12-color embroidery plus sequins and laying Tajima!
A new addition to Hexagram thanks to the grant-writing skills of Barbara Layne. They had to remove a section of the 10th floor EV building wall to crane in this 1.5 tonne beast. Details about the machine’s journey into the subTela lab can be found here Back to the Future of Fabrics.
So far I’ve just been learning the software, which is pretty confusing, but shows promise of speeding up future projects. The Brother machine used Embird software, which required you to manually outline all of the colors and lines from your digital image in order to render them into stitches. The Tajima software has an “autodigitize” feature which reads the colors and lines of your digital file automatically and lay the stitches without any tracing.
So I just put in one of my drawings from photoshop like this
hit the autodigitizer and…
Things are never as easy as you hope. I’ve been making slow and steady progress on how to get the Tajima to read the images, but I’ve also been saving these glitchy patterns as well. In some ways I find them more interesting than the polished drawing. I’ve been looking at glitched embroidery from Nukeme, like this one here, which I especially like displayed with the gif hoodie.
While checking out a friend’s site GIMCRA©K I started looking at Animationsmears. Purposeful analog motion blurs designed to convey motion faster than the speed of animation. I liken them to digital glitches, as they are both a chaotic instant that, when detected, snaps the illusion of life back to awareness of the material, whether it be drawing or code.