April, who you’ll see working at The Scrap Box on Saturdays used calendar pictures of some trilliums, an iris, and an orchid to make a photo collage on transfer foil. This collage was made by taping a sheet of transfer foil to a cardboard backing. The flower pictures were cut into strips, rearranged, then glued to the transfer foil, leaving vertical spaces for the shiny bronze to show through. She made another montage with a photo of some autumn trees in full color.
Another way to make a photo montage is to weave multiple images together. Someone donated a box full of snapshots and I chose two of them. The die-cut machine at The Scrap Box can be used to cut 1/4-inch wide strips. One photo was cut into lengthwise strips, and the other into cross-wise strips so they could be woven together. The strips of each photo were arranged in order on a work table. The horizontal strips were kept in order by placing Post-it notes across the middle of the “warp” photo. Once the strips were woven, tape on the back keeps the weaving in place. One side was woven first and secured with tape on the back. The Post-it notes were removed without marring the photo. The other half of the picture was then ready to weave.
The completed woven photomontage was mounted on a sheet of self-adhesive foam, usually available in The Green Room at The Scrap Box. The exposed sticky “frame” around the edges of the woven photo were sealed with strips of color transferred from our transfer foil.
The four views of the earth picture was woven with strips of color samples. Note that your strips can be of various widths. Or you can print one photo two ways: color and black & white then weave them together. Or weave a photo with a drawing. Below are some examples of professional artists exploring this technique. Click on the pictures to see their impressive work.
Hope you are inspired!
“Having seen so many photos, both historical and modern, of our lovely Mt. Hood here in Oregon, I was inspired to try something different. These images are the result of me hand weaving two images together. I print both a sepia and color copy of the same image and slice them up. I then hand weave the two images together and mount them onto acid free mat board.”
Park explains, “Writing a text, like weaving a fabric are an endless experience as both the text and the fabric can stretch infinitely. I’ve gotten the same feeling when walking in Seoul streets… I use positive 16mm movie film that I cut and load in a large format camera. When processed the result is a mosaic of films, like a detailed patchwork that composes an inextricable labyrinth where the eye can get lost.”
Each photograph is a combination of photographs mixed with a mat-weaving technique that was taught to him during his childhood by his aunt. The photographs are large C prints that are cut up and woven together to form the images you see. Infused in each photograph is a piece of his cultural identity.
Sarah Sense received a BFA from California State University, Chico (2003), and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, New York (2005). Sense’s visual art practice is weaving photographs with traditional Chitimacha basketry techniques, commenting on complex familial constructs of American history and contemporary society.
Sarah Sense used Kickstarter to fund her series called “Weaving the Americas.” The video below includes scenes of her work and of how she weaves her large art pieces.