Tuesday, 22 January 2008

After Swoopy Photos we have Swoopy Scans

Susan - thanks so much for the award. I'm honoured. So much so that I am trying to stop calling you Arty, even though that is how I think of you. Your husband sounds really romantic. Clive is good at getting cards with proper words, too.

Today we had the morning off and celebrated by taking my trusty Bernina in for a service. I have worked it so hard lately that I thought it deserved one. I'm gearing up to start a new body of work based on the Above the Earth book.
I have an idea for a series - the titles are there: earth stories, earth mother, earth elements and so on. Clive suggested 'The earth moved' but I have treated that with the contempt it deserves.

I have scanned and printed a few images, as the book is so heavy to have on one's lap. Tonight I shall work on some drawings. Have you ever played 'swoopy' games with the (flat bed) scanner? They are a bit like 'swoopy' photos in that you move the source as the scanner is in motion. I find the just moving the book up and down slowly gave me this result - original image below and swoopy one below that.

If you wiggle the book you get an image like this.

Making a negative image works well here.

Quite fun - have a try.


arlee said...

OOOOOOO!!!!! I'm not allowed to go near the printer anymore for textile work--i'll have to sneak to get to the scanner now :}

Dorothy Gibbs said...

Have you ever tried doing that with your hand? Creepy!
I can't bear to look at mine but I did save them! grin

artisbliss said...

Maggie, you can call me whatever you like. I know who you mean. I've just gotten brave and tried bondaweb or the US equivalent in my printer and ironed one piece onto metal shim--I love it!

The WestCountryBuddha said...

What a brill idea! Must give it a go.

embexelli said...

Wow Maggie...this body of work is going to be good! Lunch soon for progress report! Love Clive's title suggestion! I have one...'Middle Earth, left a bit, right a bit'.

Pat said...

Thanks for this it is great fun Maggie,(of course it is very creative as well!!!) it brightened up a dull afternoon playing with this and displacement maps.

artisbliss said...

I have a question and since you know everything stitchy I'm going to ask you. I understand I won't be able to use a hand needle felter on soy silk. Is this correct, and if so why would an embellisher work if a hand felter wouldn't? Isn't it the same principle, just one uses a machine and the other your "armstrong" power? I'm not talking about wet felting but felting soy silk onto a backing.

Becky Mairi Farrell said...

What a fantastic idea, I have to try that! THanks for sharing.

MargB said...

Oooh! Ooh!

I love swoopy games what great fun - I have only ever done this with text and it is not nearly as beautiful! Thankyou