Find this pattern and more on her webpage.. (No financial affiliation). Violet's talent is offscale, plus she had an assist from a mathematically-generated mosaic program that's all the rage among designers in many different media. It's called "low poly," short for "low polygon."
In low poly, images are broken down into small units - not the regular squarish or rectangular pixels of our computer images; low poly units are varied, irregular, often-sharp triangles and polygons. The reason is: Math. (That's the extent of my comprehension.)
Violet explains her creative process in the Winter 2016 issue of Modern Patchwork, in an article by one of my craft business gurus, Abby Glassenberg of 'While She Naps' (Abby's blog is fantastic.) Violet used a free program called MeshLab to generate and tweak her low poly images.
Immediately after reading the article, I located Meshlab, here, but it was way over my head. So I kept searching until I found a free site where you can upload photographs and low poly them for free and almost-instant gratification. The site is http://snorpey.github.io/triangulation/. I started with this action shot of our late, great guinea pig Ginny, revelling in romaine.
Hit the "open image" button. Navigate to the image. The site uploads it, and after a dramatic pause of several seconds, translates it....
Next I hit "randomize" and the eye returned.
|Ginny!? Is that you?|
When you run out of pet photos, try a quilt. You may learn something unexpected about your composition and color choices. Here's a quilt I showed on this blog a couple of weeks ago:
Here's how it looked after the first round of triangulation:
Pretty cool, and not at all what I expected.
Same quilt, with the point sliders on the lowest possible settings:
Whoa!!! The focal point on the upper left - that was totally unexpected! It should be in a flippin' quilt MUSEUM!!! A Low Poly Hypothetical Quilt Museum?!!
That's going to be the art part, and the hard part - turning the images into quilt patterns. Violet creates paper piecing patterns. Much simpler would be to construct them with fusible-backed raw edge appliqué. I am going to give it a shot. To be continued!
PS: Warning! I just discovered that low polying people is a gamble. Here's a lovely image of my parents, 25 years ago:
On the other hand, here's a low poly version of two of my girlfriends posing side-by-side in silk saris for a Bollywood-themed party. My friend on the left was wearing a blue-and-pink sari, and on the right, a green-and-red sari.
I love it! It's Cubist, in a triangular sort of way. Since they borrowed both saris from me, I could cut them up (the saris) to make this actual quilt.
I think it's safe to predict that we're going to see a lot of low-poly quilts in the future!
PPS: Violet isn't alone with the low-polyed animal portraits. Here's a fine artist selling animal prints: https://www.etsy.com/listing/233830247/25-off-wolf-print-wolf-art-wolf-wall-art
PPPS: Shared on Nina Marie Sayre's art quilt collection, Off the Wall Friday, at http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/. Check out the goodies from many different fiber artists!
PPPPS: A wonderful video tutorial showing one way to piece low-poly type images was made by Canadian quilt artist Yanicka Hachez. Find the tutorial here. And more of Yanicka's designs are on her blog, here. Thanks, Yanicka!