Vintage Photo Project: Christine Ramey

Vintage Photo Project: Christine Ramey

Christine Ramey I Want to Believe

I Want to Believe

Today's Vintage Photo Project is by mixed media artist Christine Ramey of Panama City Beach, Florida. Ramey has been making assemblage work since college and says: “It's so interesting to make these little pieces that tell an entire story in one look.” Here's more about her project: 

What do you make?
I am a mixed media artist. My style includes mixed media assemblage pieces using found objects and insects, which is what I used for this project. I also make mixed media paintings using vintage and new photographs that I hand tint. I then paint the canvas and attach the photographs using foam tape to give a three dimensional look.

Why did you want to participate in the Vintage Photo Project?
When I read that you were using vintage photos, I knew this project was right up my alley. I really love taking vintage pictures of people and putting them into a story that comes entirely from my imagination. I have to say that using these specific photos was really a challenge, but I love my final piece and am so happy I could be a part of this project.

How did you use your vintage photos?
These photos were, of course, the inspiration for my piece, I Want to Believe. Having two people with these crazy headphones on made me immediately think of mind control and aliens, so that's where I started. The photos looked brand new when I got them, and I knew I wanted them to look old and grungy. To get this look, I cut them out and used alcohol inks to age them, which worked out very well.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration often comes from the photographs themselves. I have one photo that sparks that crazy thing we call imagination and it usually takes off from there. Sometimes, when making my assemblage pieces, inspiration is sparked by a found object, usually a beautiful insect. Whatever the piece, they usually have an entire back story in my mind.

What is your favorite/most read art, craft or design book?
It usually depends on my mood, but right now the book I turn to the most is Dusty Diablos by Michael DeMeng. I love his work and am fascinated by his stories of his trips to Mexico. I also love looking at all his found objects. It's so amazing what you can find in the trash or on the side of the road.

The Vintage Photo Project is a participatory challenge in which duplicate copies of vintage photos from the American Craft Council Library's archives have been transformed and re-imagined in myriad ways. View more Vintage Photo Projects.