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Pixel Art


Traditional cross-stitch embroidery
Some traditional art forms, like counted-thread embroidery (including cross-stitch) and some kinds of mosaic and beadwork, are very similar to pixel art and could be considered as non-digital counterparts or predecessors.[2] These art forms construct pictures out of small colored units similar to the pixels of modern digital computing.

Some of the earliest examples of pixel art could be found in analog electronic advertising displays, such as the ones from New York City during the early 20th century, with simple monochromatic light bulb matrix displays extant circa 1937.[5] Pixel art as it is known today largely originates from the golden age of arcade video games, with games such as Space Invaders (1978) and Pac-Man (1980), and 8-bit consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (1983) and Master System (1985).



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Mise-en-carte (Point-paper), France, 1760s. Preparatory technical drawing for a patterned silk, instructions for the weaver.


Square Pixel Inventor Tries to Smooth Things Out

Russell Kirsch says he’s sorry.

More than 50 years ago, Kirsch took a picture of his infant son and scanned it into a computer. It was the first digital image: a grainy, black-and-white baby picture that literally changed the way we view the world. With it, the smoothness of images captured on film was shattered to bits.

The square pixel became the norm, thanks in part to Kirsch, and the world got a little bit rougher around the edges.

As a scientist at the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s, Kirsch worked with the only programmable computer in the United States. “The only thing that constrained us was what we imagined,” he says. “So there were a lot of things we thought of doing. One of which was, what would happen if computers could see the world the way we see it?”

Kirsch and his colleagues couldn’t possibly know the answer to that question. Their work laid the foundations for satellite imagery, CT scans, virtual reality and Facebook.

Kirsch made that first digital image using an apparatus that transformed his picture into the binary language of computers, a regular grid of zeros and ones. A mere 176 by 176 pixels, that first image was built from roughly one one-thousandth the information in pictures captured with today’s digital cameras. Back then, the computer’s memory capacity limited the image’s size. But today, bits have become so cheap that a person can walk around with thousands of digital baby photos stored on a pocket-sized device that also makes phone calls, browses the Internet and even takes photos.

Yet science is still grappling with the limits set by the square pixel.


From the theoretical color to the’armure: the map layout of’a Jacquard pattern

The layout of’a design for Jacquard fabric consists of moving from drawing to weaving by the creation of’un technical file of drawing. This step aims to reproduce on a grid paper, says paper for map making, the drawing executed by the draftsman, and accurately report on the paper l’location of all wires and their mode of’intercrossing. Traditionally handmade by the cart transmittere, it is in a way the technical photography of the drawing.


The Exquisite Mise-En-Carte

he mise-en-carte is part of the inspiration for my latest collection of "Paris inspired" designs.


digital screens woven by Jacquard looms

mise en carte,

~ 2022
Invited by Image/Imatge art center, this project questioned the link between programming jacquard weaving, invented at the beginning of 19th century, and today's digital pictures. A middle school class played with their own photographs and transformed them into glitched pictures. Then, the results were woven at Tissage Moutet in red, green and blue like the luminophores of our screens


Point Paper and Weave Float Dr. Jimmy Lam Institute of Textiles & Clothing.


The husband/wife duo of Adaptations Designs

Adaptations Designs is a Philadelphia based pattern and textile business born from a former banker’s need to start painting and his wife’s inspired visions of his art on fabric. JP Weber (aka John Hamster) is a self-taught artist who turned to painting in 2016 when he found himself observing self-destructive, internal patterns leftover from childhood.


7 Different Types of Weaving

Weaving is a way in which several common cloth and fabric styles are created. Weaving can create durable fabrics like satin and cotton that we use every day. Although we use cloth and fabric in our daily lives, we often do not think of how these fabrics are created.

Through an intricate pattern and process called weaving, trained professionals or an automated weaving machine can create high-quality and beautiful fabrics. Woven fabric is known for its beauty, durability, and warmth. Below, let’s take an in-depth look at the many types of weaving to understand what techniques create various patterns and textures.

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