skinned cultural artifacts using 3D photogrammetry to produce tiger carpets

dov ganchrow and guy megides for jerusalem design week 2022

Dov Ganchrow and Guy Megides’ collaboration, ‘Skinning’, offers an interesting, victimless twist on the concept of skinning a wild animal for its skin. It uses 3D photogrammetric scans of animal sculptures and artifacts produced over the past 40,000 years to digitally ‘skin’ the artifacts and reuse them as tufted carpets† The work was realized for Jerusalem Design Week 2022, as part of the Go for Broke exhibition which explores the dialogue between archeology and design, with an emphasis on findings and inventions, and objects and their stories.


all images courtesy of Dov Ganchrow

cartoon tiger RUGS made using 3D photogrammetry

‘Skinning’ arose in response to the nature of archeology and experimentation with how objects of the past can be changed, clarified and renewed. Product designer Dov Ganchrow uses 3D photogrammetry, a contemporary analytical tool commonly used by archaeologists that allows them to study and archive artifacts. It has an inherent technical feature that allows for a reinterpretation of two related humanoid craft traditions: skinning hunted animals and creating sculptural icons of those same animals.

The process and technology make it possible to scan through infinite animal sculptures and artifacts produced over the past 40,000 years. Digital 3D color artifact files (virtual objects with a realistic surface appearance) are acquired for the rendering software in two separate and linked groups of information: geometric/volumetric spatial information in a mesh, and in correlation the color information (UV map) on the surface. of that mesh. Textile designer and creative collaborator, Guy Megides, can then use the digital files to renew and realize the digital skin of the cultural artifacts in carpets. The collection includes digital skin designs and tufted carpets made from the skin of a cartoon tiger, a Vietnamese ceramic tiger model and a 40,000-year-old mountain lion statue made from mammoth ivory.

dov ganchrow guy megides 3d tiger carpets
guy megides teamed up with dov ganchrow to realize the tiger skins

dov ganchrow guy megides 3d tiger carpets
tufted tiger skin

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