“Raster to thread – pixel to stitch” by Farber

  • ©Leslie Nobler Farber

  • ©Leslie Nobler Farber




    Raster to thread - pixel to stitch



    I have been researching the impact of computer graphic technology on textiles and fashion since 1983, when I was a graduate student in that emerging discipline at New York Institute of Technology. Most significant was the idea that the logic system used for computers, and specifically computer graphics, mirrors that of textile construction. In fact, the first computers were based on the early mechanical Jacquard weaving looms. In both the underlying logic is simple: a thread is either up or down, showing or hidden, on or off, 1 or 0. Twenty-three years ago, translating your art to a textile format was available to the independent artist/weaver on a rather primitive level, and at a somewhat more advanced level to the industry. However, my goal was to treat the surface of the fabric with computer graphic imagery. Thus began a long journey to learn or develop methodologies as a digital-textile artist.  



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