Friday, November 25, 2005

Choosing Images

I got to the stage with my Gold Madonna where I had to choose an image to put in the middle of all that beading. I have been concerned about copyright issues with some of the images I've looked at because, although most are more than 100 years old, the photographs of the images are not, and may be copyright protected. I decided to look at photographing images I have in my house and using these in my projects.

The first image is my photo of my Virgin of Guadalupe statue, one of those mass-produced popular statues, I bought her at a stall near the border in Tijuana. She has a bit of the Barbie doll look to her, but I changed the photo from color to sepia, and I think this has some possibilities. The second image is a photo of a small plaque I bought when I was pregnant with my daughter. It's a reproduction of an unidentified icon, and it has a lot a personal meaning to me.

It occurred to me Debra, that with your virgin collection, you've got a lot of images around you. Have you thought of using any of those?



Debra Spincic said...

I photographed some last Christmas but not for fabric work. It is a good idea and maybe I could do that for one of the upcoming pieces.

I got a new Madonna while in Corpus Christi. She is sitting with a boy Jesus in her lap reading a book. It has a name scratched on the bottom and makes me believe it was made in a ceramics class in the 1950s. She almost looks like chalkware.

This particular shop had some very pretty ones but I still balk at prices over $50. The one I bought was $12 so I couldn't pass her up.

I have gotten some more handquilting done but am not winning any races here on speed. I do like the naive way that I am just stitching whereever I want. It has to be done by next week at the latest. Other projects wait!

Debra Spincic said...

P.S. I definitely like the first photo.

Barbara C said...

I'm working slowly right now too. I'm finding I want to fill in the beading so that it is consistent across the surface of the piece, so this is pretty mindless work, but I like the way it's shaping up. I have seen virgens like yours in the 35.00 range, which seemed high to me at the time. Who knew these things would become so valuable.

Samantha said...

LOVE that first photo!!!