28 Jul '16, 11am

Computer-Designed Portraits, Knit By Hand!

Computer-Designed Portraits, Knit By Hand!

Artist [Petros Vrellis] has done something that we’ve never seen before: his piece “A New Way to Knit ” lives up to its name. What he’s done is to take the traditional circular loom, some black thread, and toss some computing at it. And then he loops the string around and around and around. The end result of following the computer’s instructions is a greyscale portrait. Where few black strings overlap, it’s light, and where more overlap, it’s darker. That’s the whole gimmick, but the effect is awesome. As you zoom in and out, it goes from a recognizable face to a tangle of wires and back. Check out his video embedded below. There’s at least a few ways to do this, so we e-mailed [Petros] to ask. He assigned darker pixels in the original image a higher score, and ran the string to the opposing pin that maximizes the sum of the pixels passed through. With each string, he subt...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/07/28/computer-designed-portrait...

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