One of my niggling obsessions is adding physical texture to images. I have worked with die-cutting and embossing photographs, the degree of success obtained with embossing depends on the type of paper that the photograph is on; sometimes I find the paper sliced through rather than embossed. There is much still to do, especially with instant photographs and I am diverging slightly into using the technique with other papers to see what is possible, and to try out different ways of mounting prints or making collage.
These pictures are using a corner of an old map, printed on both sides, which I embossed with a fleur de lys-ish pattern. Things that I like about it:
- adding texture to a map that has contour lines (seriously, how cool?)
- the way the pattern stands proud on one side and is in relief on the other
- it somehow gives more to look at, and the photographs highlight elements that I just didn’t notice on the original, like those tiny blue ink markings
- if you get the light right you can see the front and back printing at the same time
- it is ridiculously tactile, I just want to touch it
- it brings a regular pattern to an irregular map
- it reminds me of Anaglypta wall-paper, the way I could read a room with my fingertips
Thank you to Clare for the corner of the map and for making the creative space available.
- I’ve ordered a photobook that contains blank pages for die-cutting, will try it in the machine when it gets here.
- Also embossing some pages
- embossing photos of different types and recording the results.
- look in charity shops for old maps and atlases. Possibly for books that can be die-cut too.
- It works well with light – lampshade? Lightbox?