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A blend of technology to achieve brilliant colors & designs

May '08
Textile art that evolves before your eyes is almost magic. Fabric can change color and pattern in an interactive exhibit at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) by nationally known textile artist Maggie Orth May 23 - Aug. 23.

Orth blends state-of-the-art technology in woven fibers activated by electric current to achieve brilliant colors and contemporary designs transforming shapes, colors and designs in her works in seconds while viewers watch.

SECCA executive director Mark Leach says, “Maggie Orth is a true pioneer in art of our time. She expertly combines light, transition and textile processes into her work to create pieces of unmatched intensity and beauty. We're delighted to be exhibiting her work at SECCA.”

As one of the first creative and technical practitioners of electronic textiles, Orth designs art works that use textile processes, such as weaving and sewing, to incorporate electronics and conductive fibers directly into fabric. Her work features programmable color-change textiles, interactive textile and light pieces and design products.

One of Orth's works included in this exhibit called Almost Square is woven in a double weave structure. The software designed by the artist focuses on creating patterns with different color change areas.

This work introduces the concept of performance in color change textiles. The piece, which is designed to be interactive with viewers, performs when viewers touch a button to start the piece. The artwork then subtly changes color, pattern and composition for a period of time. Orth's textile works cause viewers to rethink the nature of time and experience.

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