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Nancy Caton (F)
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    The Beauty and Magic of Overlap
    I believe true beauty and magic happens at the "over-lap". Two or more unique industries or areas of focus, seemingly unrelated can be brought together with brilliant results. In this case, the bridge was in the form of mathematics, the solving of the E8 problem, and high fashion.

    I had the honor of working with an amazing group of designers, Threeasfour. Working with them and sharing our interest in the incredible implications of the solution of the E8 problem, and its resulting image, inspired them to create a print on fabric of E8. This was presented in NY Fashion week. Jeffrey Adams, from the University of Maryland, was the leader of the group who solved this equation. After finding out about Threeasfour's interest and resulting presentation he came (with his family) and met with them, and myself, in their studio. It was a magical experience for all of us. The mathematician was wowed at this articulation of his work, and the designers were thrilled to meet the person who worked on this incredible project.


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    nedzen     Fri, Jul 26, 2013  Permanent link
    I wonder how did they generate the graphic? is it possible to use programming languages like processing for that?
    whiskey     Tue, Jul 30, 2013  Permanent link
    Dear Nedzen,

    The image was obviously simplified. The original graphic was the solution to the equation widely posted online. I've asked Threeasfour, on your behalf, to elaborate and will post more when I hear back. I do know the E8 artwork was digitally printed on silk in Italy.

    With new technology, you can digital print on fabric with an extreme high level of detail and definition. Digital printing has revolutionized the fashion industry's ability to create custom artwork/prints at a high level of quality and now allows for the production of these printed goods to be run at much lower minimum requirement of fabric, thus opening endless possibilities. Previously, custom prints required minimum runs of 3000 mtrs, therefore limiting the designers who could afford such options. Now, digital prints can be run with 20 mtrs of fabric. They key however, is working out how to do the "repeat" of the image, creating a seamless infinite transition. It can be one by one, it can be also be mirrored, amongst other options. The smart and skilled designer/production manager will work out in advance the most efficient layout to optimize (limit) the amount of fabric necessary to cut a garment with the desired layout and print placement. Finished garments with "print specific placement" are actually extremely challenging to produce, something that the consumer may not realize.

    Thanks for your interest and comment.
     
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