Exhibit Featurette #1: Art from Coffee

You won’t believe your eyes when you first see these incredible pieces of art! They are definitely not your ordinary paintings. All of these paintings are made from coffee. Yes, coffee. The Coffee Drip Painter created by RIT’s own photography professor, Ted Kinsman, can paint portraits of people just by using some leftover coffee.


This printer doesn’t require any inks, but runs purely on coffee. However, it can use other liquids. Kinsman was inspired by his left over coffee every morning and decided to play with the medium a little bit more. To achieve different looks, the machine can experiment with the height at which the droplets are dropped, the intensity of color, size of the droplets, and the material being printed on. All of these will affect the outcome of the final image.


The printer is particularly great at printing photos of human faces once they are simplified. The machine is powered by a microcontroller and has memory to store enough for approximately an 80 x 100 pixel image. If you’re wondering how long it takes to print a portrait, it’s about an hour. The longest part of the whole process is waiting for it to dry, which takes about a full day.


If you want to see this awesome machine in action, be sure to come to Imagine RIT: Innovation + Creativity Festival on May 7th, 2016!



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