3-D Animation Becomes a
Eds.—Our November/December 2010 issue features the cross-disciplinary work of Claudia Herbst-Tait, a professor of digital arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Herbst-Tait first created a detailed 3-D animation of fibers moving gracefully in virtual space in the program Maya. Once she had the look and sense of motion she liked in the moving composition, she captured a still image and translated it into JacqCAD software. The resulting JacqCAD files were used to create a series of damask weavings at the Jacquard Center of the Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina with the help and guidance of Bethanne Knudson.
“My love for animation is based on its capacity to bring inanimate objects to life. Similarly, I find myself drawn to woven fabric because of its dynamic quality; it responds to external influences and moves. Combining the two – animation and woven fabrics – felt natural.” – Claudia Herbst-Tait
3D Fiber #9 (with detail), 2009; damask weaving designed with Maya and JacqCAD software; 56" x 56"; woven on a Jacquard loom at the Oriole Mill, Hendersonville, North Carolina. All photos by the artist.
A digital still image captured from the high resolution 3-D animation, used to create the weaving 3D Fiber #9.
Eds.—Above we see the finished weaving 3D Fiber #9 (2009) and a digital still image captured from the high-resolution version of the 3-D animation the artist created to make the textile design. Below we see a low-resolution version (rendered in wireframe mode) of the digital animation to give a sense of the artist’s cross-disciplinary approach to making the cerebral tangible and the virtual real.
3D Fiber#9 from Claudia Herbst-Tait on Vimeo.