Cloth Prints

Discussion in 'Alternative Techniques & Photo Gallery' started by Pedra, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. Pedra

    Pedra TPF Noob!

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    I'm a second year photography student and I stumbled across this forum while searching for information on cloth prints and such, but lacking in luck.

    Currently I am working on a project in which my goal is to somehow transfer several negatives to a banner-sized cloth and add some other embellishments such as cords, an overlay, and the like. At first I thought cyanotype or a heat transfer process, but want a really good result.

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to what process and materials to use?

    This is my first time attempting anything like this, but I want it to turn out really well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    -Pedra
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    I've never done anything like that, but would love to have all the materials and time at hand to try. I think you have a couple of different options, the first being some kind of liquid emulsion - but I would think the fabric might absorb it too much and you might not get a stable image. Have you tried Polaroid image transfers? You ought to be able to get those to adhere to a cloth banner, and the process is probably much less messy than attempting a liquid emulsion.

    This is an ambitious sounding project. Do some research on things like sun prints, and polaroid image transfers. Only you know what kind of material your banner is going to be. The embellishments are probably the least of your worries, once you get a stable image.

    Sorry I can't offer more practical advice here! :D Good luck.
     
  3. Pedra

    Pedra TPF Noob!

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    Thanks much for the advice, I'll try the Polaroid transfer first. Hopefully it will work out the way I want it; I'll try a test sheet first to make sure it's good.

    Thanks again,
    Pedra
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