Vintage Photo Project: Janice Paine-Dawes

Vintage Photo Project: Janice Paine-Dawes

Janice Paine-Dawes Through the Lens of Time

Through the Lens of Time

Today's Vintage Photo Project is a collage by fiber artist Janice Paine-Dawes, who creates 2D work by primarily using found and salvaged fibers. Be sure to check out the process photos included above to see how she rusted the images. Here's how she created her piece: 

What do you make?
I am a fiber artist. I work with commercial fabrics, hand-dyed fabrics, and other threads and fibers to create an image.

Why did you want to participate in the Vintage Photo Project?
I have been stretching creatively to use unconventional materials in my fiber art.

How did you use your vintage photos?
I removed all the identifying text from the reverse of the photographs. Then along with the photographs, I rusted them to age them and give them more texture. I layered the text on muslin and stitched it together to make a larger fabric. The photos themselves were then used as separate design elements along with fabrics to create the composition.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from a suggested theme or the materials themselves. I've always said I am seduced by the cloth. When dyeing fabric with natural materials such as rust, an image may come forward that becomes the basis for the completed design. I work intuitively and let the design morph into what it wants to be.

What is your favorite/most read art, craft or design book?
National Museum Tokyo, part of the great museums of the world published by Newsweek.

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.