Family Photo Collage

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Happiness is creativity! I have been working on and off on a very pleasant little project that's been in the works since last year.

Last year my family and I had an amazing time looking through family photos. I took some back to Nashville and scanned some of them in for future projects. I've fiddled around with these images for months but was never totally sure what would happen to them.

I felt very passionately about the images themselves and had a little idea of the overall feeling of the piece I wanted to create, but struggled with the exceution and how to bring it all together. With subject matter that is so personal and so special to me I really wanted to make sure that I got it right. 

 Detail from the weaving/college I created for  Hand's of Hope 's Winter Gala.

Detail from the weaving/college I created for Hand's of Hope's Winter Gala.

WIP-Collage

After creating a woven, collaged, and embroidery piece for a charity auction at Hands of Hope in Southern Illinois, I got incredibly inspired to continue with this combination of mediums! I got out my print outs of my family photos and started to play around with weaving them together.

I was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked out! In the past I've cut photos into small pieces and collaged them together to create a layered effect, but this weaving technique is much more organic and effective. 

After securing the back of the woven paper with masking tape, I decided to use the technique I experimented with for the Hands of Hope Project and sew the weaving together! 

 My favorite thing I own in the background -- my beloved Mystery Twins painting titled by  Ryan Heshka !

My favorite thing I own in the background -- my beloved Mystery Twins painting titled by Ryan Heshka!

Unfortunately, the thread that I was using was vintage and had lost a lot of its strength so the thread was breaking and skipping stitches. I was pretty disappointed at first, but then realized that this gave me the opportunity to go over the empty hole with the thread and stitching of my choosing! This is what really opened the door for some exciting opportunities and I'm thrilled with how fun it was to make!

I'm still finishing up this piece because I keep changing my mind about the thread, but I can't wait to share the finished piece -- and start on the next one!

The theme of family and creativity -- empowerment -- will continue. 

xoxo

Anna