|dc.description.abstract||My contribution was five exhibited works and a conference paper entitled 'The Digital Hub'. The two main artworks exhibited were entitled: Portal - glass, and Portal - felt.
The exhibition was curated by Laura Hamilton of the Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde. The exhibition featured the work of seven textile artists exploring the impact which digital technology has had on their practice. I aimed to show how digital imaging technology allowed for the manipulation of an image and its reproducibility onto different substrates. Digital imaging was used to transfer an image, scanned from my original miniature watercolour, onto two different substrates, e.g. felt and glass. (Other works included digital prints on silk, canvas and paper.) Once scanned, the colours were made brighter, given more contrast, and the image was formatted into a 9 x 9 grid pattern of my design. Then, using 'dye-sublimation', a heat-transfer print technology, the grid design was transferred onto the felt and glass substrates. The resultant felt and glass pieces did not appear the same, due to the substrates requiring different RIP (rasterized image process) profiles, profiles that encode the receptivity of the substrate to the properties of the dye-stuffs necessary for printing.
In my conference paper, I argued that digital media have properties of their own – for example, image enhancement and formatting, and RIP profiles of substrates – which can be manipulated as if they were physical materials in their own right. The value of this research is that digital media are shown to have a materiality which can lend itself craft status, over and above simply being a means to an end.
A catalogue of the exhibition was published by Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, with an introductory essay by Sarah E. Braddock Clarke, ISBN 0 947649 47 6.||en_US