The American Crafts council gave artists forty vintage photos to recreate into art work. Before I started the project I had preconceived notions of how to use the photographs. However once I received them, I was drawn to the proportions and texture in Ann Pixley’s handmade paper piece.

The project developed into a 3 stage exploration; archiving, recording, residual.

Inspiration

 Ann Pixley's paper piece

Ann Pixley's paper piece

The project made me consider the process of archiving. Ann Pixleys piece felt pertinent to this theme with her use of ‘tags’. I decided to create a modern interpretation of her element by cutting all the photographs into tag shapes. Systematically grouping the tags into light, medium and dark created parameters which formed abstract images.

 Colour graded tags

Colour graded tags

 detail

detail

'tagging' - vintage photo's on mylar

 Folded tags from vintage photo's

Folded tags from vintage photo's

I found myself inspired by the off cuts from ‘Tagging’ and made narrow strips. I used the same formula of grading the pieces light, medium and dark. I applied them to a strip of mylar to create the work, giving it a woven fabric like quality.

 Colour graded strips of photo's

Colour graded strips of photo's

 Detail - residual

Detail - residual

Residual - Strips of Vintage Photo's on mylar

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