Call it what you want, but you cannot deny its complete awesomeness. The magnetosphere has been quiltified by none other than my dear mom, Yuko.
Okay, a little back story. My mom makes amazing quilts. She has been making quilts for a long time and has gotten really good at it. Hand-stitched, machine-stitched, doesn’t matter. She can knock it out of the park (hmmm, baseball metaphor to describe quilting… doubt that has been done before).
Last Christmas, we got to talking. She wanted me to design her a quilt pattern and I though, “Processing seems to be perfect for every aspect of my life, why not quilts too!”. I tossed about a few ideas but nothing seemed quite right. Then she saw one of my older magnetosphere images on flickr and said, “oooh, thats pretty. I can make a quilt out of that.”
Here is the original Flickr photo.
She was on to something. I whipped up a version of the program that made the original image and spit out a few screengrabs with different compositions. Mom choose one and started quilting. This was back in January. Right away, we ran into a little snag. She wasn’t able to find any fabric wider than 4′ to make the backing. She asked me what I wanted her to do instead, and that is when I rocked her world with 5 simple words.
How about one inch squares?
I love my mom and when she showed me the final backing, several hundred bright red one inch squares, I knew she loved me back. She probably despised me as she was sewing, but the end result was quite lovely! Textured but not distracting. And hey, it harkens back to pixels in a way, so the thematic sensibilities were enhanced.
Above, you can see the original image on the left and the final quilt on the right. Dare I say it, I think hers looks even better than mine. Processing may be powerful, but it aint got nothin on a tiny Japanese woman armed with needles and thread. Seriously though, check out the detail! Mom, you rule!
Thanks to dear dad for taking the photos for me. He even took the time to photoshop out the reflection in the mirror on the first photo. My whole family is addicted to details! Fantastic!