Sketch of the interface

March 6, 2009

Sketch of the interface

Sketch of the interface

This is the most recent draft of my interface sketch. The story begins in the upper left corner with the title of the story embroidered in the quilt. The viewer’s eye follows the path along the river to the end of the story. This layout is based on the Trade and Commerce Quilt by Hannah Stockton Stiles.

Trade and Commerce, Hannah Stockton Stiles c. 1830

After the quilt’s viewers arrive ad the final scene of  the narrative, they are given the prompt “What happened?” accompanied by a group of animal icons and a hand.

What happened?

This is meant to communicate to the viewer that they are supposed to touch the animal icons. At this point in the interaction model, the viewer should begin reexamining the narrative while pressing the animal icons where they appear in the key scenes of quilt. This will trigger the embedded LEDs and, in turn, reveal hidden narrative elements embedded in the center of the quilt.



Notes on story and display

December 2, 2008




Experiment 2

October 13, 2008

A big part of my second formal thesis experiment, was to create a simulation of ways the quilt may reveal narrative elements. I projected this simulation on a white sheet and asked a few friends for feedback. Clicking on a black square in the border (with the exception of the top square) will reveal a detail of the narrative. In some instances this reveals information that will help the viewer to better understand the surface narrative. Other instances reveal alternate plots from different versions of the ballad.

The image below is a link that will open up the simulation in a new browser window. You will need Flash Player to view it.
Click here to redirect to a simulation of experiment2

Thanks to Kristin Scherrer and Marie Burrage.

Experiment 1

September 22, 2008

Tom Dooley storyboard

September 22, 2008

Twa Sisters storyboard

September 22, 2008

Questionable Content

September 22, 2008

After discovering the strange versions of the Twa Sisters where the miller uses parts of the drowned victim to fashion musical instruments, I had some trouble with this narrative. Part of me (eek! no pun intended) thinks working with such a crazy and disturbing theme may be interesting and speak to some primordial facination many people seem to have. However, I am unsure how I feel about using twisted themes like this in my quilt.

I need to talk to people about this more. I don’t know if the Twa Sisters goes too far…