Quick note on another iteration of the mandala work

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. P1610668-Editv2.jpg

P2P-6223166 cross stich thrush mandala

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.


9 thoughts on “Quick note on another iteration of the mandala work

  1. Catherine

    that looks a beautiful pattern. Think your idea of just embroidering a section of it is a good one though given the intricacy and time it would take you. Have you let go of the idea of the patchwork now?


  2. Holly Woodward Post author

    That’s a fabulous suggestion, Stephanie. I had not come across her work before, but it resonated strongly with what I am doing. I’m not sure I understand about the color code though – she seems to use only red in the images I have looked at. Do you have any link for an explanation, please?


    1. Holly Woodward Post author

      And on that basis, black must mean negativity for me, silver is space and blue is freedom. Thanks for pointing out Benitah’s colour meanings to me, as it has opened up another avenue for my ideas.

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