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The 3D Imaging project


This was a sub project within the Dialogue Beyond Sight project, and the goals were to develop a tactile print of a chosen painting, making sure that we retain as much of the colour scheme and colour range as possible.

Working with Rachel Gadsden, a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who works across the mainstream and disability art sectors, one of the tasks we set ourselves as a project team was to challenge the notion that tactile prints or raised images can only work well as monochrome prints.

Using swell paper has traditionally been the way to depict a visual work in raised images but it was clear to us that we could achieve a greater level of interpretation by producing visual images with multiple interpretation interfaces.

We worked with experienced multimodal communication designers Touch Graphics Europe, and developed the idea to create a tactile print in full colour, by exploring specific characteristics of the painting like the lines in the hair, or the shape of the face, and other features like the eyes and nose.

We also used dots to emphasise the areas with predominant colours, and completed the project by adding braille text on the reverse of the print, containing information about the artist, the artwork and credits.

The painting titled Beyond Sight, as seen in the image below, was made specially for this exhibition by Rachel Gadsden, and selected as the work for this pilot 3D imaging project.

This has now been produced as a limited edition print. Contact us for more information or to purchase one of this collectable limited edition prints.

The image depicts the face of a lady, with prominent nose, the left eye with more detail than the right eye, and shoulder length straight hair pulled over from the left of the figure and resting on the right side. The hair is dark and the left eye is more prominent than the right eye, with just a circle drawn where the eye should be. The lips are full and at the bottom of the painting, near the next, lines are used to depict the length of the neck. Dots along the outside of and along the base of the neck show the shoulder area.
Image: Beyond Sight 2016. By Rachel Gadsden

Image description: The image depicts the face of a lady, with prominent nose, the left eye with more detail than the right eye, and shoulder length straight hair pulled over from the left of the figure and resting on the right side. The hair is dark and the left eye is more prominent than the right eye, with just a circle drawn where the eye should be. The lips are full and at the bottom of the painting, near the next, lines are used to depict the length of the neck. Dots along the outside of and along the base of the neck show the shoulder area.

We are also keen to work with other artists, creative bodies, organisation and institutions to create new 3D imaging projects.