Sunday, 10 January 2016

Cutting, rotating and flipping photo strips with stitch

As I was clearing my work table this morning, (much needed), I came across a small pile of strips cut from recently manipulated black and white photos of a tented theatre structure photographed in Australia last November.This pleasant discovery was followed by a 'what if?' moment (I really enjoy those) so I immediately stopped tidying (now there's a surprise) and arranged them on black paper, rotating and flipping the 3 cm wide remains of images until I felt there was something of interest happening. 


I then stuck them to the backing paper and (this is the real 'what if?' bit as I do the strip cutting and arranging quite often) joined them to one another with small lengths of thread to offer contrast with the structure of hard-edged metal beams and canvas and perhaps to suggest the tendrils of vegetation that were coiling themselves around and inside the structure.

This done, I'm now forced to return to tidying. I wonder what else I'll find?

4 comments:

  1. Well that is really beautiful! Love those images and what you did with them. Maybe the whole thing could be folded to become an accordion (concertina) book? Have a wonderful week. xo

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    1. Thanks, Connie. An accordion book was in my mind too. Before I stuck the strips down finally, I tried to make it stand but it flopped and fell over as it's made of thin photographs on flimsy backing paper. I'd need to solve the strength problem and construct something more robust. Perhaps this is the start of something ...!

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  2. Love this...what a great what if! Maybe I should tidy my studio more often :)

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    1. I should certainly tidy away my heaps of things more often ... And not just to find pieces of discarded photos!

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