Rasterizing Textiles

When I first thought about laser rasterizing fabric, naturally I immediately thought of one of my favorite artists, Albrecht Dürer. I thought the gradation within his pieces would be perfect for rasterizing textiles. Since I have been learning Rhinoceros software, I thought I was being clever by choosing  Dürer’s Rhinoceros woodcut from 1515. In December, while I was at FabLabBCN rasterizing one of the first rhino’s, my husband (Luis Fraguada) was quick to let me know the Rhino had also been used for the Rhino 5 Beta version of the software, naturally it was a happy coincidence.

To begin the experimentation with laser rasterizing textiles, first I created a simple gray scale file to test on a medium pile velvet:


 Then of course I wanted to see what a complete Rhino rasterized would look & feel like, the video below is on satin:



Wanting to see how rasterizing affects multiple types of fabric, I rasterized Dürer’s Rhinoceros on, from left to right; synthetic velvet, satin and synthetic suede. I have found using (at least) partial synthetic textiles can be important while using lasers, as the burning is clean and leaves edges sealed.


This also led me to rasterize a piece of coral by Ernst Haeckel on heavy pile synthetic velvet (above).

Wanting these pieces to be utilized I have made some into pillows—I think it’s pretty neat to be able to touch a piece of historical artwork.  I’m finishing up a few projects with rasterized textiles that are wearable as well–so check back for updates!
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VelvetPillow SatinPillow SuedePillow CoralPillow