Project Background The Andrea Aranow Textile Project is a two year old project to digitize and index a unique collection of 26,000 textiles and original artwork. The collection was amassed over a span of 20 years and over four continents and reflects a lifetime of passion for textiles. The collection is currently operated as a commercial archive by Blue Rider Design to provide inspiration to fashion and surface designers. The collection is housed in Portland and has been photographed and cataloged with a comprehensive, customized taxonomy using hierarchical tagging. The intent of digitizing the collection is to expand the collection's reach to a broader audience for more diverse use and to pursue academic/museum institutions for potential archive acquisition.
We are now focused on creating a browser-based application to demonstrate the collection’s rich history and stunning visual beauty. The application will feature faceted searches and image browsing; it will have an intuitive interface for users to search, browse and select items in the collection.
Technical Details The images and hierarchical taxonomy were created in Adobe Lightroom; the images and metadata are housed in DNG files. The application will run on a web browser, preferably HTML5. We have not decided on the final form of the product, whether it is a member-based access online or an HTML5-based app using PhoneGap or another format.
We are looking for talented, passionate developers to create a compelling web application. This is a self-funded project with a moderate budget but we hope the appeal of the project and working with a visual archive will be attractive.