Kaleidoscope Algorithm is an exhibition of work based on computer image manipulation algorithms translated to laser-cut wood marquetry. This series of 30 artworks is based on images from corresponding top Google search trends for each day in September 2011. The Kaleidoscope Algorithm exhibition is on display at the Lois Lambert Gallery in Santa Monica, CA through May 6, 2012.
All 30 works and process videos can be viewed on my website, christyoates.com
This instructable is entered in in the "Make it Real" Challenge to win a 3D printer, and votes are appreciated!
I am also a finalist in a contest to win a laser from Hurricane Lasers, and I'd also REALLY appreciate votes for my entry on their site:
I used Adobe Illustrator's live trace function to generate a vector file, then mirrored and repeated the objects in Rhino CAD to create files for laser cutting. The files were cut from Alder, Walnut, Bubinga, Zebra Wood, Purpleheart, and Wenge paper-backed veneers.
Image to Laser Marquetry Process:
I chose randomly generated images from corresponding Google trends for this project, but you can use any image to turn it into marquetry.
There is a lot of information on the internet for veneering and I would recommend reading up if you've never done it. http://www.joewoodworker.com/ has great information on veneering and all the tools you need to help you get started. Here are the basics for this project:
I've included the pdf cut file. If anyone tries the process, I'd love to see pictures and post them on my website.