Recently, a friend introduced me to Moo Cards and I was enchanted by the tiny pieces of mostly abstract art, so tactile and satisfying and usefully printed on the reverse with her contact details. I had of course seen and received artists' trading cards and printed business cards but these little cards had somehow passed me by.
Having seen them, I set out the other day to have some printed. I spent a pleasurable afternoon, sorting through photographs, enhancing where necessary and cropping in Photoshop and here are some of the results.
I found choosing a selection of small images to represent myself fascinating. It forced me to think about my work and how to represent it in a series of cards measuring 7 by 2.8 cm - tricky - and a very useful exercise as I've never worked this small before.
I often crop and cut pieces and form them into a grid but this was different as I wanted to select only one image of a particular kind and was not putting the small pieces together to make a whole. I really had to think out the essence of things.
As it turned out, some of the cards were much more successful than others, so perhaps I learnt a useful lesson about working small. The most successful were those that were simple, with strong contrast or brightly coloured.
In this post, I must apologise for the strange layout but Blogger just would not let me tile the images as I wanted. It was this or a long string of images one under the other with no possibility of seeing more than one at a time. If anyone can tell me how to achieve tiling in simple layout, I'd be delighted to know ...