Weaving with the clay printer

Our recent experiments with complex loop patterns have also been getting us closer and closer to the ultimate goal of this research chapter: weaving and knotting techniques. After researching numerous sources on basketry, tapestry, on/off loom weaving, crochet, knitting, even macrame (remember macrame?), we've been considering various translations of these into 3D printed textures using our Potterbot7 printer. In many ways, a cylinder is the most ideal form in the first phrase of experimentation, so once again, we've made lots of cylinders. But gradually, as our digital toolkit for the design processes of knots and weaves developed, we’ve also became able to wrap patterns around forms or compose them into larger and more complicated vessels.