BONNIE KANE  Digital Tapestries

Natural Future Meditations Series
Artist's Statement
Technical Details

Technical Details

Bonnie Kane's Digital Tapestries reflect a combination of modern and traditional concerns, fine art and craft. Originally seeking a way to do easily portable and storable large scale computer art (a result of the tremendous mobility and lack of storage space in NYC life) Bonnie found the answer in the tradition of Oriental silk scrolls.

A collaboration with David Kushner of the textile imaging firm, Supersample Corporation, who was doing research into the dying of fabrics from digital files, enabled the digital tapestries to be realized.

While the concept of the silk scroll and painting on silk permeate art history, the issues surrounding large format digital printing are at the forefront of current computer graphics technology research. David and his crew at Supersample Corporation continually experiment with different qualities of dyes and new textiles. They have developed and patented software for directly dying RGB images to fabric with accurate color.

Bonnie's lush and detailed images are created using the computer as her paint and canvas. Specific digital tools that enable the act of painting are employed in the process (the Wacom digital pen and tablet, digital photography, Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop software). Then, each painting is dyed into the fabric from the digital files. The fabrics are colorfast, retain their natural texture, and are handcrafted into the finished tapestry. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of fabric and ink, and the variances of the dying and hand finishing processes. It is possible to reprint the digital files, but no two pieces will ever be absolutely identical.


Known internationally as a pioneer in extended saxophone technique and leading the groundbreaking adventurous music projects: Mambo Mantis and W.O.O., Bonnie Kane has long led a double life. Always both a visual and audio artist, Bonnie Kane's involvement with computer graphics began in 1985. Traveling in the parallel worlds of edgy commercial computer graphics and music, the artist meshed disciplines whenever possible: creating the packaging, websites, and enhanced CDs for hers and other artistsą CD projects, expressing music through painting; and focusing on imagery to expand her music. As computer graphics technology progressed, Bonnie began doing large format prints (first shown at Siggraph 1994), independent animation, (first shown in the Blender CDRom magazines published during the mid 1990's), and the digital tapestries, with the first collection being realized during 2001-2002. Bonnie is currently involved in performing, designing the next tapestry collection, teaching and running an internet record business: StarryNightRecords