Just thinking last night that the mandalas could easily be turned into cross-stitch patterns, in the style of Diane Meyer. http://www.dianemeyer.net/projects.html. There is something very attractive about the merging of two arts which use the same basis for their production (fabric square/pixel). I have a piece of software that will transform an image into a cross stitch pattern, so it is a possibility. Just not sure I can spend the time making the actual work. It takes Meyer many hours to do each image and I am sure I am slower than her.
However, this has the side effect of making each image no longer replicable, which removes it from the genre of disposable photography into something else. I need to look into the different ways in which photographs have been made unique, not because I want to sell anything, but because I am interested in the materiality issue of image making.
(On a technical point, I have been wondering how to produce the formal gridwork of holes in the photographs, and reckon that it must be done on a light table with a fabric or paper grid underneath the photograph. I tried it and the photo paper was too thick, so decided to print a grid and then prick the grid holes over the photo using that).
Here’s an example of my recent thrush mandala, and the cross stitch pattern I have generated for it.
The software I used was the free pic2pat one which can be found at https://www.pic2pat.com This is a great tool, as you can choose all sorts of elements of the final piece, including size, stitches per inch and number of different colours used. One could embroider the whole thing (which would take me years) or pick out a section/sections to do in the same way as Diane Meyer. A further possibility is to use my gold thread to expose some of the patterning.