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Placemarker for A4

Thinking ahead about ideas for A4 and 5, I am currently planning to do something based around some of the 3D shapes and pop-ups I have been making recently. I’ve had to put this aside, as in give my cutting machine to a friend temporarily in order to remove the temptation of using it while I do A2 and 3 as it was taking up all of my creative capacity. She helpfully described what I have been doing as skill-building, which made it all feel a little more positive in relation to my coursework. I would like to return to it for the next assignments though. In the meantime, here are a few images of objects I have made recently. The particular element of them which intrigues me is their flimsiness in real life despite their apparent solidity in images. I also like the superficiality, as in everything is on the outside. In the 3D shapes, the inside is empty, while with the pop-ups, the subject is only seen if one looks at it straight on. From the sides, one sees the flimsiness of the structure and the fact that it is clearly a façade. The digital self can also be considered in these terms, which will be my subject for study.

For information, the plans for all the shapes have been downloaded and redrawn via Pinterest. However, I am hoping that soon I will be sufficiently adept that I can design my own patterns and shapes. I have the technology, and just need to be brave enough o start using it.


Still playing with different layer effects, and a big coincidence or two

I’ve been playing around with templates lately, and discovered a treasure chest which I had already downloaded some time back, and had forgotten. It was a file of Photoshop actions that built a grid of squares, rectangles or triangles. Since I’m looking at grids just now, finding this was manna from heaven. Here are three of today’s experiments – the first has the grid offset in the style of Hannah Whitaker, the second uses two different edits of the same image in a straightforward grid pattern, while the third has a 3D effect on the back layers only.

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Fig. 1 Offset layers (2018)

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Fig. 2 Grid layers (2018)

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Fig. 3 3D inverted layers (2018)

I love the geometric shapes, each one of which is individual, thus allowing me either to apply my chosen altered image or effect to one triangle or to any specific grouping of them. In the images above, I only used two versions of the same image, both of which can be seen in my previous post on this subject. In the image below though, each triangle had its own unique image associated with it, and I am pleased to be becoming nearly  adept enough in Photoshop to create the patchwork shapes which I’ve been hankering to play with for a couple of years now, but didn’t have the skills to make the grids.

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Fig. 4 Cambodian sunsets (2018)

On a couple of different subjects, I am still playing with handmade books in different shapes, such as this below, which has foldable cut-outs and gives the effect of two physical layers – background and foreground, using a template I found on byopiapress’s Blog and which originally came from a workshop given by Hedi Kyle, a Canadian book artist. I also found a link to a comprehensive tutorial on making different book covers by Kyle, which I am putting here for future reference:


Here’s a first attempt. I was to be able to size it up and down, particularly down, so as to be able to make books about half this size. This one is based on an 8 x10″ image.


Fig. 5 3D Australian outback (2018)


I have also been researching handmade papers and how I might possibly use them for printing photographs, in preparation for my papermaking course next week at Bath College. While looking for information on how to coat handmade papers for printing, I came across the work of Lindsey Beal, who is an artist who works specifically with the media of alternative photography and handmade papers. Her website, which is full of potential ideas is here: https://www.lindseybeal.com/ I can see that the papermaking course, along with the analogue processing and cyanotype ones I am doing next month is going to lead to a whole new area of experimentation.

And just a final note. I was looking through some of my father-in-law’s stuff, which is currently being stored in our garage and came across this tin box. It was apparently the sort that was given out to soldiers during the First World War, and it would originally have contained cigarettes, for smoking and for bartering.


Fig. 6 Box of delights (2018)

Inside, was a little treasure trove of cigarette cards and a very old stereoscope. My partner tells me that he used to play with it when he went to visit his grandmother. He said that one could collect the cigarette cards and when you had enough, you could send away for the stereoscope. Bearing in mind that I had been speaking with tutor Jayne Taylor recently about 3D images and she showed me some that she had made using a stereoscope at this month’s Thames Valley Forum, this was a wonderful find, and a hint that I should carry on exploring the possibilities of 3D work.


Fig. 7 Cigarette card stereoscope treasure trove (2018)

Note to self: At some point, you are going to have to stop looking at ‘How’ and start thinking about ‘Why.’ All this practical research is fascinating, but won’t get your coursework and assignments done.


Fig. 1 Woodward, H. (2018) Offset layers. [Photograph, digital collage] In possession of: the author.

Fig. 2 Woodward, H. (2018) Grid layers. [Photograph, digital collage] In possession of: the author.

Fig. 3 Woodward, H. (2018) 3D inverted layers. [Photograph, digital collage] In possession of: the author.

Fig. 4 Woodward, H. (2018) Cambodian sunsets. [Photograph, digital collage] In possession of: the author.

Fig. 5 Woodward, H. (2018)  3D Australian outback. [Photograph, paper sculpture] In possession of: the author.

Fig. 6 Woodward, H. (2018) Box of delights. [Photograph In possession of: the author.

Fig. 7 Woodward, H. (2018) Cigarette card stereoscope treasure trove. [Photograph] In possession of: the author.


First experiments with layers for Project 1

Today has been very productive. Not only have I made a test version for a new style of book – the carousel or star book, but I have done some interesting work in Photoshop using 3D layers. Here’s a quickie of the book. In due course, I plan to make a much more delicate version using photographs and washi papers, but it certainly has some potential.

Below are a series if images I made using layering and 3D effects. The original three images used, were these:

and below are a number of different iterations, each more complex than the last.


Anyone reading this will need old-fashioned 3D glasses to see the last two properly, not the newer version for cinemas. The effect though is fascinating – the figure either seems to stand out or hang back from the background, depending on which way round you wear the glasses, and I am now keen to find out whether one can layer on top of the 3D effect to give the appearance of a layer in front of the image.