Harris, Jane (2006) Lady with Ankh Cross (4th century A.D. portrait). [Art/Design Item]
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
The Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester commissioned a computer graphic (CG) animation piece based on a textile fragment, part of a linen tunic, from its collection of First Millennium A.D. Egyptian dress. The Whitworth is internationally recognised for its textiles scholarship; curator Jennifer Harris (no relation) initiated the commission as a result of established research into the use of CG tools in the interpretation of historical dress.
Over a six month period, a 3-minute digital animation was produced that showed how the fragment was part of a whole 4th century AD garment. In the form of an installation, this was a key interpretation tool for the Whitworth exhibition ‘Clothing Culture’, 2006.
Drawing on unique expertise developed through earlier research, this work is significant in achieving new digital methods of textile interpretation in the representation of dress and body. Textiles and dress in museum/gallery environments require gentle handling for conservation reasons. In this case the mummified garment pieces were brittle and incomplete due to absorption of body fluid, necessitating their flat 2D exhibition, without any reference to a 3D body via a mannequin or other interpretation methods.
Digital portrayal of the linen tunic entailed: historical research on the textile fragment and original garment; development of specific CG construction/animation processes for the garment; design of a narrative through mime, defining the ‘portrait’ of the ‘wearer’ (‘Lady with Ankh Cross’ derives from a portrait mummy of this period, which inspired the character/ choreography, for the digital body linked to the tunic); sampling of motion capture technology to achieve body data; intervention of 3D props during motion capture.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins|
|Date:||1 May 2006|
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|Date Deposited:||07 Dec 2009 12:33|
|Last Modified:||13 Oct 2015 09:42|
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