Governor's Island Art Fair & Amsterdam International Art Fair: Blair Cahill & DFR

Blair Cahill exhibiting at Amsterdam International Art Fair,  August 28-29, 2015. Image of booth.

Blair Cahill exhibiting at Amsterdam International Art Fair,  August 28-29, 2015. Image of booth.

It's been a busy summer for DFR and Blair Cahill working to prepare special works for her exhibition at the Amsterdam International Art Fair and an installation at Governors Island Art Fair opening September 5, 2015.

Governor's Island Art Fair organized by the Four Heads organization, curates a selected number of artists to install in the abandoned buildings and grounds once occupied by the United States military on Governor's Island.  The raw buildings are transformed into experimental spaces that allow artists of many different media to create installations that are open to the public. This portion of the Governor's Island Art Fair opens September 5, 2015 running the full month of September. For full information on how to visit Governor's Island see: http://www.4heads.org/about/

Blair Cahill. Thread drawings series created by digital embroidery on canvas paper.

Another of the thread drawings created on DFR's Brother PR 1000e 10 needle digital embroidery machine.  Cahill's Abobe Illlustrator designs were digitized and enlarged to create a range of works on canvas paper 16" x 20".

Another of the thread drawings created on DFR's Brother PR 1000e 10 needle digital embroidery machine.  Cahill's Abobe Illlustrator designs were digitized and enlarged to create a range of works on canvas paper 16" x 20".

Image of one of the series of thread drawings created using canvas paper and digital embroidery. Each of the circle forms holds a blend of two colors stitched to create a subtle dimension to the colors.

Image of one of the series of thread drawings created using canvas paper and digital embroidery. Each of the circle forms holds a blend of two colors stitched to create a subtle dimension to the colors.

Cahill's designs were digitally embroidered into several 18 foot long banners of embroidery each measuring 22" x 228" with varying fill stitch densities. Specially designed for this exhibition these banners were designed to allow the play of light, color and materials to fill the space. From the side walls, a line of wire allows the banners to cascade into the space.

Cahill's designs were digitally embroidered into several 18 foot long banners of embroidery each measuring 22" x 228" with varying fill stitch densities. Specially designed for this exhibition these banners were designed to allow the play of light, color and materials to fill the space. From the side walls, a line of wire allows the banners to cascade into the space.

DFR's Brother PR 1000e stitching out the center banner design. A complex multi-hooping registration was needed to create this continuous sequence of embroidery. The design is 22" wide while the largest jumbo hoop of the Brother 10 needle machine measures at 14" x 14" thus the embroideries were multi-hooped not only to allow the stitch out of the length of the banner at 228" long but each section was also multi-hooped side to side to create the 22" stitch out. 

Detail image of the center banner design. Banners were embroidered on a sheer crinoline fabric using Sulky threads. The upper thread and bobbin threads matching to create an installation that can be viewed uninterrupted from any angle. 

Preparing for installation, banners were laid out for hanging components to be added. 

Included in this installation are the 30" sphere that DFR worked with Cahill to create using electroplating, 3D printing, CNC routing and digital embroidery. This sphere is a complexly engineered sculpture with engineered discs that create a mechanical tension to hold the embroidered silk. The largest diameter measuring 30". 

Also included in this installation is the 12" Sphere designed by Cahill which includes electroplating, laser cut and CNC routered parts all engineered to hold the first of the silk embroidered designs created by Cahill and stitched out on DFR's digital embroidery machines.

Video capture of one of Cahill's thread drawings created on DFR's PR 1000e 10 needle machine.

To view more of Blair Cahill's work, visit http://www.blaircahill.com/