I haven’t posted in about two weeks.. whoops. And I also have realized a lot of my most recent work is not posted! Stay tuned!
Thanksgiving break has come to a close and with it has come a bit of anxiety with a side of stress due to time (or rather, a lack thereof). There are only 3 more weeks left of the semester- I’ve almost made it through my first trial of graduate school! (I don’t want to get too overzealous though, there is a lot of work to be done).
This weekend I also am participating as part of the on campus art show. I have been prepping like crazy for it, making scarves and other craft oriented things. As much as I am looking forward to it on Saturday it has been a major distraction to my current photographic practice and I am keen to get it over with and get back to my main focus.
This week I am going to be experimenting with some hand stitching on larger photographs that I printed last week on campus. During my critique, some of my peers suggested that within the work I presented that I should combine my notions of collage, large printing, and hand sewn/craft elements into one and see what I can come up with. I am excited to spend some time in my studio this evening and do a bit of sewing on some of the larger images. I definitely need to grab some more embroidery thread though.
While thinking about the digital collage prints, I was wondering how else I could incorporate craftwork into these images, different than that of the more rigid, documented interiors of the domestic space. Immediately my mind went to quilting. I quilted a photograph once before and I truly loved the process, as time consuming and frustrating as it could be. I’ve been thinking about printing these large domestic interior images on fabric and then collaging them in a manner similar to that of which I have done through digital processes but now with sewing. I am excited to give it a shot and think it could really elevate the imagery in a way that I have been hoping for. My main concern is finding an outlet to print them on. Because the images are all mainly at 24″ to 44″ wide, I cannot adhere the fabric to a piece of poster board and feed it through the Epson 9890 as I usually would. They’re just too large The fashion department does have a brand new fabric printer so I am waiting for an email response on gaining access to that as a resource. I don’t think outsourcing the prints at this point will work with the time associated with shipping and what not, but I may have to splurge on costs and order from spoon flower with expedited delivery.
Cheers to new ideas and exciting work to come!