Sunday, December 7, 2008

Computer-Designed Hexagonal-Weave Basket


My sculpture, Olivier's Fingertip, is an accurate representation of the tip of a particular man's left index finger (3D data courtesy of IMATI, INRIA, and TECHNION by the AIM@SHAPE Shape Repository.) Olivier's Fingertip is an open hexagonal weave of 43 specially-shaped weavers. There are no splices in the weavers and no closed loops. All of the weavers run from boundary-edge to boundary-edge. Patterns for the weavers were made with Processing, inkjet-printed on paper, transferred to aluminum flashing, and finally cut out and woven by hand.

Examples of weaver templates used to cut out and color-code the weavers are shown.

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