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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.