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Pages: 5604-5614
Publication year: 2009
ISBN: 978-84-612-9801-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2009
Location: Barcelona ,Spain


D. Caldwell

Louisiana Tech University (UNITED STATES)
My current research involves digital exploration of two fundamentals of design -- pattern and light. Using virtual modeling technology, forms and surfaces are created where pattern can be manipulated into intricate and intensive results. Digital fabrication technology is then used to translate these patterns into perforations and incisions of various materials to explore real-world textures. The results challenge traditional notions of pattern and pattern-making and open up avenues of modulated experience.

Individual patterns are created by mapping shapes across curvilinear virtual surfaces. Initially straight elements transform into a variety of interesting curves which pass through and overlap each other. Where the virtual surface is extremely curved or turns over itself, areas of pattern loss and interaction are produced which serve as epicenters to the visual vortex of moving swirling patterns.

Much of the fabricated work to date has involved the intersection of laser technology and fabrics. Using the laser, intricate removals of elements and layers can be achieved. After cutting, panels can be layered on top of a substrate to accentuate contrast and create a depth to the surface; quilted to insure structural integrity; and can be installed flat or manipulated into a new curvilinear surface.

As a counterpoint to the opaque fabric compositions, pattern is also investigated as a means of manipulating light. Laser-cut and 3-D printed elements are fabricated from the virtual investigations as holes in a variety of materials. These elements are installed in windows and fixtures to interact with light and view. Results scatter, tighten, redirect, and generally transform the light experience from passive background to active foreground.
author = {Caldwell, D.},
series = {1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN09 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-612-9801-3},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona ,Spain},
month = {6-8 July, 2009},
year = {2009},
pages = {5604-5614}}
AU - D. Caldwell
SN - 978-84-612-9801-3/2340-1117
PY - 2009
Y1 - 6-8 July, 2009
CI - Barcelona ,Spain
JO - 1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN09 Proceedings
SP - 5604
EP - 5614
ER -
D. Caldwell (2009) PERFORATED SURFACE, PERFORATED LIGHT, EDULEARN09 Proceedings, pp. 5604-5614.