October 27, 2022
Publish date: OCTOBER 21, 2022
Tuft the World is a Philly-based company that uses sustainable materials to sell supplies to make hand tufted rugs. Founder Tim Eads has been a “tinkerer” his whole life and said he came to the fair to show off the machine the company uses for rug making. A consistent crowd of attendees watched Eads and his partners demonstrate the tool, which created tufts of yarn on the piece of fabric.
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July 13, 2023
Eads uses the AI software DALL-E, similar to ChatGPT (they are made by the same company, OpenAI) to type in parameters for an image request. For example, Eads asked for a geometric pattern loosely based on paintings by Bridget Riley, the British artist known in the 1960s for creating optical effects with line patterns.
The software generates many versions of what it thinks Eads is asking for. He chose one of DALL-E’s images, a squared spiral in black. Its imperfectly aligned lines create a slightly dizzying effect.