December 2012 Archives

Didactics- visual tactile example library

Next semester look for new materials on display to help understand exactly what the machines might do to your images.

email with any suggestions!

Embroidery didactics

Decals for your laptop

If you're looking for a real easy way to do a first project here in the eStudio, consider bringing in a drawing from which to make a decal for your computer, the bumper of your car, etc. We have a very nice scanner to make a jpg from the drawing, and photoshop and illustrator to turn it into a vector file that the vinyl cutter can cut from.

This is from earlier in the semester:


The wolf and the triple spiral (triskel) were cut here in the eStudio. We also have plenty of scrap material of a good size to make computer decals, so your project would be free!

End of the Semester

We remain busy as students finish up their projects: Gao Hli Yang used the ironing board and iron to make 22 little cloth transfer drawings, one for each of her classmates!

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Underwater Garden by Carly Blackmore

This fantastic image is the first (hopefully of many) made in the eStudio combining the possibilities presented by the DSB with the digital embroidery machine.

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Carly printed her image onto silk (print-ready silk can be found at the Dharma Trading Company) using Sue, the experimental printer in the DSB. In the eStudio, she used her original digital image to choose details she wanted to emphasize.

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Taylor Kline at Prøve Gallery in Duluth

Taylor Kline's work was recently featured at Goulash, a show of work by graduating UMD art students. His work incorporates some vinyl cut imagery, layered over a striking background developed by slicing skateboards, revealing a cross-section of brightly dyed plywood. Pretty sweet.

Taylor Kline Spotcheck

Each of his pieces depicts a different place that has been important to the development of skate culture.

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Technique tip: he embedded the vinyl in thick clear acrylic medium which made the whole piece look very nicely finished.

Check out some of his older work on and check out Prøve Gallery on Facebook or on Lake Avenue the next time you're in Duluth!

Texture: Taking Aim at Wildlife Art

The finished product of Paul Gill's piece has some great texture (from layering cotton behind the semi translucent fabric he used) and the blue paint on the frame contrasts better with the yellow of the fabric.

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a deluge of art

nearing the end of the semester we have been quite busy. Just today there have been some very exciting projects.

Paul Gill made this embroidery on bright yellow fabric (yes, like for screen printing!) and put it into a frame he designed in the eStudio and cut on the laser cutter.

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This creature (banana tail) was created from a little sketch:

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This project is about the heated discussions that surround GMOs and the inaccuracies that are uttered by both sides. In the end, though it is made of little bits of many other things (and drawings!), this flower is still a flower.

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Amanda McCavour's works in thread and air

Amanda McCavour uses water soluble stabilizer (as featured in the last two posts) and a (regular) sewing machine to create full-scale drawings of furniture, living spaces, flowers, hands, memories, etc.

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Check out her website for other inspirational pieces:

Definitely a fantastic use of some of the same technologies we are exploring.

Water Soluble Stabilizer continued...

The second project I did was the same image, but much smaller (it fit comfortably in the 100x100 mm frame). This one I did with metallic gold thread over top of it, and on a different brand of stabilizer (much cheaper). It worked almost as well. The more expensive brand is stronger, and this stuff had a tendency to tear at some of the thinner lines.

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Check out the video on our YouTube channel!