Digital Fabrication Residency Part 3

It’s been tough to keep up with all the goings-on in the Digital Fabrication Residency. I feel like I’m in school again with the constant wave of stress and excitement propelling me forward. I can’t believe it’s already the final week of this six week adventure! There’s so much to cover. I’ll be busy long after the residency concludes thanks to all the amazing inspiration!

We’ve been learning about digital embroidery and worked a lot on digital textile designs. I always knew there was a lot to learn about fabric, but this crash course really opened my eyes to the wide world of textiles. Kari gave a great presentation about fibers including this diagram showing zoomed in images of various fibers:

The possibilities of digital embroidery are super exciting! Learning the ins and outs of the bizarre software is….an experience to say the least. I grabbed some screenshots of the digitizer software. This one shows how it maps out all the stitches in different colors:


This is a detail of a flower embroidery created from a JPEG image that was doctored in Illustrator so the software could interpret it better:


Right now I’m tinkering with embroidering a variety of facial expressions for a sculptural textile installation…more on that later.

One of the projects we worked on was designing a fat quarter to be printed by Spoonflower. Kari covered several nifty tools in Illustrator and Photoshop to create unique patterns. I created a palette from a Toulouse Lautrec painting:

At the Moulin Rouge


After playing with funky spirographs and clipping masks this is what I came up with:

I can’t wait to see the printed fabric!


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit for more information.
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