Thursday, November 21, 2013

Learning Processing

In my first year of Industrial Design we used Daniel Shiffman's book 'Learning Processing - A beginner's Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction' to learn basic programming for designers. Skip ahead to today and I'm up for a refresher. This book provides an excellent introduction to programming concepts that can be carried forward into many interactive digital projects. One of the first exercises in the book is to create a character using simple shapes. I decided to make this little robot friend.

I then used the robot to create the following pattern. I love the way it turned out. I think it could be a really cool textile print. I would sew it into a clutch bag or something! If there's anyone out there who knows how to print an image like this onto textile please contact me or leave me a link in the comments;)

Robots by Dan Mangan on Grooveshark

Don't forget that robots need love too:) I love this Dan Mangan track.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Stained Glass

Hello again,
after more than a year away from this blog I'm finally feeling ready to pick up where I left off. For a long time it was the thought of making this very post that kept me from returning. I kept thinking "what will I say, what will I show, will I have to explain my absence etc." Then it finally occurred to me that it doesn't have to be this stressful. The important thing was to start somewhere, anywhere in order to get the ball rolling again.  Pull off the bandaid you know. I kept thinking it had to be this spectacular post that explained in detail all the reasons why I stopped... but who wants to read that anyways. So today I'm sharing a little glimpse at the stained glass project I'm currently working on. I recently picked up a few courses to further develop some skills: stained glass being one of them. 

Choosing the colours was my favourite part so far. There are so many options: colour, opacity, texture. I spent two hours in the shop ahead of time making my selection and I'm pretty excited to see how they look when it all comes together. I'll post the final piece in a few weeks when I'm finished:) 

Happy to be back!