I finished embroidering the printing plate for my Arrowmont project. (See below…and read THIS post to see collage inspiration for this embroidery.) So, during my Reunion at Arrowmont, I will take this stitching on fabric and create prints on paper using a printing press. (Using a real press for my printing process is unexplored territory.) I plan to run this through several times on the same piece of paper, creating multiple layers on top of each other. Before I leave for my trip (which is next weekend), I plan to print this at home using the method I’ve already developed to get a couple of layers started to take with me. I think I’ll go start now! 😉
Embroidered Printing Plate – Size: 30″ x 22″
I started my collages today for the Arrowmont Resident Artist Reunion. It took more than a week and a half to filter through and download all the pictures I thought were good enough to pull information from. All of my collages are put together in the computer using Photoshop. Since I’m just trying to achieve a composition, I’m not worried too much about edge detail, so forgive the roughness of the collage image. Here is the most successful one for the day.
Mrs. Profitt, Me as a child, Mrs. Reagan (Aunt Lizzie)
I made the above collage using the following photos:
Gatlinburg's first health clinic. Also, where I lived when I was a resident artist at Arrowmont in 1994-95.
Mrs. Profitt was the housekeeper for the Boy's Dorm (left) Mrs. Reagan (also know as Aunt Lizzie) was the Housekeeper of Teacher's Dorm and also an accomplished weaver.
Aunt Lizzie spinning yarn most likely for her weaving.
Me as a child.
I’ve decided to imagine my own history by bring photos of me into the collage. I’m not trying to rewrite to forget. I have very fond memories. I’m only trying to connect to a history that intrigues me, the past of my family. Sewing myself into my family’s memories makes me feel closer to them and connects me further.
I’ve decided to start printing larger. It was quite the challenge. I need a flat surface to work on, so the floor had to do. The only problem is, there are very few places in my house that are big enough to put large paper on the floor that gives me room to walk around it. However, I was able to squeeze it on my studio floor. (Barely!) I had to work on the surface from the top and bottom, and I had just enough room to stretch my arms to the middle with my paint brush. Whew! I’m happy with the results. Here is a picture of the blank paper before I started, to give you an idea of scale. The paper is 52″ x 65″. The first two are meant to be hung together as are the second two.
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It is time to finally organize all my family photos into collections that go together. My goal here is see if I can learn more information about these experiences by looking at all the photos of the same event, rather than looking at each photo individually.
What has taken me so long to do this? Honestly, I can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. However, a part of the reason why is because I do not have the whole collection of photos to work with. My brother and sister have a good bit of the collection too. However, I have my part of the collection, and a collection of photos that we have not gone through to divide yet. (the “undivided collection”)
So, the first thing I did is mark the backs of the “undivided collection” with blue tape, since I would need to mix this collection with my own.
Then, I looked at each picture and put it in a pile according the their size and shape. There were small, medium and large, square and rectangle, and some with or without a serrated edge. Also, I had two separate piles for photo booth portraits and studio portraits.
I took each pile and looked on the back. Most of them were unmarked, but some of them had numbers stamped or written on them. I quickly realized that this told me for sure which pictures came from the same roll of film. Since some of the photos did not have numbers, I looked for the clothing that people were wearing to see if the photos were taken at the same event or on the same day.
Now I’m working on putting xeroxes of each group of photos in my notebook. I will use these copies for drawing on, looking at, and analyzing with notes and ideas. I’ll post notebook pictures later.