Submitted image (click to enlarge): Paloma.
Submission title: Paloma
Submitted by: Jonah Engle
Participant’s field of work/interest: Journalist
Participant’s Image Description: "This is my niece Paloma. She is one. What comes to mind is how at that age, people are changing so quickly, from one day to the next, both in terms of their behaviour and intellectual capacity but also in their physical appearance. Pictures by definition capture something ephemeral, but that sense of ephemerality is heightened when the image is of a child evolving and growing so quickly."
Original Dimensions: 3264 × 2448
Translation and weaving by Sophia Borowska.
Pointcarré weaving simulation (click to enlarge).
Translation to Weaving
I chose photographic realism approach for this submission, as Engle emphasizes the capturing of a specific and fleeting moment in the child’s development, in terms of the data she has absorbed.
Weaving structures - click to access full set of structures - available to WDRG members only.
Technique and Process Notes
The image lacks contrast at first glance, but through manipulation, I was able to draw out more texture and shading in the child’s hair and in the background, making for a more interesting weaving.
Threads Used: Warp is white 2/16 mercerized cotton. Wefts are black and brown 2/16 cotton.
Colour reduction for designing weaving (click to enlarge).
The horizontal floats of the brown weft in the child’s hair work against its naturally perceived grain. By hiding the brown weft in the face, I achieved better contrast and shading, but gave the face a slightly ghostly effect.
Number of Picks: 1086 + 160 px of tests
Woven Dimensions: 13” x 20” (tests = 2” of the height)
Weaving Density: 96ppi
Images of Final Woven Samples
FRONT (ABOVE), BACK (BELOW).
DETAIL (FRONT) - click to enlarge.