How to model folded/shaped fabric artworks?


I’m trying to figure out how to model a folded/shaped fabric artwork (see photos). It’s essentially a tensile structure, so I’ve been creating an outline in Adobe Illustrator that I import as a DXF file and then try to shape with Clothworks. But I can’t wrap my head around how to use the draping of Clothworks to shape it to precise angles and dimensions. Are there other extensions I should be using? Are there native SketchUp tools that can achieve this?

Any advice or tutorial videos would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Can you share the dxf file so I can figure out how to make it?

Maybe clothworks isn’t the best solution.

Hi Francis,

Thanks for your reply!

I’ve attached a DXF file and a couple of PNG reference photos of a different work that will hopefully be a little easier to shape. I haven’t actually tried to render the one that I attached to my message, but I thought it made a good example.

The installed dimensions of this shaped canvas (minus the ropes) are 88"H x 98"W x 24"D.

Untitled, 1972_black.dxf (98.8 KB)

Sorry, the DXF didn’t attach the first time.

As an idea, with Vertex Tools, QuadFace Tools and SUbD


Hi mihai.s,

This is incredible - thanks so much for the tutorial.

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I made this, first i did a low poly version of the dxf lines, i made a quad mesh and played wit the vertex using vertex tools and then i used the subd plugin.
Sin título.skp (2.9 MB)

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