Going DOTTIE Again

I know I have been off my trolley for ages, but I  have only been a DOTtie for a few years!  I refer of course, not to my mental state, but to the Designs On Textiles group I belong to (formed out of a regional gathering of members of the Computer Textile Design Group).  We are a small collection of folk who like to use the computer as a design tool for our creative projects and ideas.  I blogged about  it back in May after our last meeting when we were reviewing the outcome of our game of virtual consequences. 

Over the last 3 months we have played another game in which a starting image (this time of a Chinese temple) was passed around the members of the group, each making changes and passing it on to the next person. The images below give you a flavour of the game.

Chinese Temple chosen by Pat

Chinese Temple chosen by Pat

 

Everyone began with this image, and we all made some changes and passed it on to the next person.  Each of us made another change to the image we received and passed it on again.

After one manipulation

After one manipulation

None of us knew how anyone else had achieved their manipulated image when we received it, this was only revealed on Friday when all the images had done the rounds and we came together to work through them and share our discoveries.

Temple after 3 manipulations

Temple after 3 manipulations

Temple after 5 manipulations

Temple after 5 manipulations

Final manipulation

 As you can see, the designs got fairly wild.  One thing was very obvious though, it is all too easy to allow the computer’s amazing tools and filters to run away with you – holding on to the design process is not always straight forward  when, with a click of the mouse, all manner of beguiling effects can be achieved.  Our next consequences challenge involves attempting to hang on to the essence of the original image whilst staying in control of the plethora of design options offered by those really clever photo editing programmes – Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro.

We do a lot of sharing of ideas at our meetings, and the game of consequences we have been playing makes everyone contribute in some way, whether they are experienced image manipulators or beginners.  The other really good thing about it is that it makes everyone practice and learn about their own programmes in between meetings.  The next round begins next week.

If you live in the East Midlands and want to join us, just drop me a line, or visit our blog and contact one of us.  We meet for a day every 3 months approximately.  The venue for the next meeting is Nottingham.

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