It's tea time!

Kirsten M. Lemke, Matthew Trentacoste, Adrien Treuille, Michael Goesele, Wolfgang Heidrich, Barbara Mones

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It's Tea Time! How often do we hear this sentence! People from all walks of life sit together to enjoy a cup of tea for the relaxing sense of community and the aesthetic experience that accompanies it. This work of art presents a radically different view of Tea Time and presents an opportunity to experience a contrast between the simulated design presented by the steam and the tactile, physical, "hands on" design seen in the embroidered artistic teapot. The steam seen coming out of the spout of the teapot, is displayed through a high-dynamic range display which makes the viewer feel as if the steam is, in fact, on the front side of the embroidery instead of behind it. The hand-embroidered teapot is created with six colors that are harmonically blended together to form smooth transitions between light and shadow. The varying orientation of the individual stiches make it appear three-dimensional and solid. The red and orange colors symbolize warmth, love, and passion. This piece of art contrasts two very different processes: the ancient craft of embroidery and cutting-edge technology. Both processes are designed to be compelling when experienced together so as to remind us that we live in a world where artistry from any source can be juxtaposed to create more expressive visual communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Teapot, SIGGRAPH 2006
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)1595933646, 9781595933645
StatePublished - Jul 30 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2006 International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2006 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2006Aug 3 2006


ConferenceACM SIGGRAPH 2006 International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software


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