More Single Line Art

I am a better line processor than any algorithm we currently have access to. Behold what I turned into a SINGLE LINE by hand:

Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!

Many people think we’re using Mathematica to do the drawings of our Quilt Money. We’re not! I am drawing all this stuff by hand. Theo uses Mathematica to route my drawings that contain T-intersections, but I’m learning to make my drawings single lines without T-intersections by hand, because they route much better that way. Everything below was drawn by me, by hand:


Only a few bits (the seals and part of the border) need to be routed in Mathematica. Everything else I drew as single paths. Which is quite a brain-hurter, lemme tell ya. Here’s a screen capture of me working on this same project last week:

I could do this much more efficiently now, using what I’ve learned since then. Which is good, because the better I get at this, the more I can help someone else create algorithms to automate this kind of work.

And yes, at some point we hope to offer an affordable $100 Quilt. But first I have to get the design right, and then our potential partner has to be able actually produce it without losing money. We’re working on it.

Our quilted money is one of the few things I don’t share source (in this case, vector) files for, because currency isn’t exactly like other culture, as I explain here.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

3 thoughts on “More Single Line Art”

  1. I read your ‘Holy grail’ entry, and am psyched to solve this puzzle.

    However I’m not sure I understand the definition of the goal. How would you explicitly define what the ‘right’ output would look like once this algorithm was invented and ran?

    E.G. the easiest answer would be to take Theo’s algorithm and just split all the backtracks into two tracks, separated by about 1mm. But that’s not really the right idea is it?

    Thanks for the challenge! You have turned some mental gears.

  2. Hi,
    I’m fascinated by your quilting projects. I’m an inventor in fabric/textile/yarn categories such as knitting, quilting, crochet, etc. I specialize in creating new techniques and devices. I’d love to talk to you about possibilities for marketing. Please contact me at the above e mail or 405/816-1899. I also sell my products to stores such as Michaels Crafts and Hobby Lobby. Quilting could use some modernization!
    Best, Betty

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