I started with a photo I took of some pages of an antique machine shop instructional book. It's got all kinds of mysterious graphs and nice geometric lines. You can see a plain page above, and below, I snapped a photo of pages folded and then with a little strip of paper starts to get some more possibilities for manipulation. It doesn't really matter so much what you start with though because it's all about manipulating later. But the more intricate the original photo, the more complex the result will be.
Here I just cropped, did contrast and filter stuff and mirror imaged it to form a pattern...
Multiplying the images to form a pattern...I would love this pattern on a skirt in a really small scale. It would look maybe like a traditional Indian motif but up close look all digital. I love that.
I have a little insight into the issue now as I have been getting some supplies and reading a little to learn. I have a LOT of psychological baggage around what sewing means. I have this ridiculous brick wall built up in front of it. Sewing machines have always been very awkward for me because I often use things in weird ways. I used to think it had to do with right-handedness/left handedness, but it's beyond that. It's a backwards/forward kind of thing that is hard to describe. Just to give an idea--when I first started using a computer mouse, I had to turn it upside down to use it. It was my instinct to use it in a mirror image way. So I like machines and tools that are very flexible in the ways they can be used and a sewing machine is very rigid. The time I'm spending on it now is pretty much to teach my body how to acclimate.
But there's also the memories of going into those horrible spiritless sewing stores as a kid and flipping through those big pattern catalogs filled with awful clothes. Nothing ever looked interesting or beautiful, and there didn't seem to even be anything pretty in the entire store. Just boring, boring, boring--like a non descript church basement with a dropped ceiling and flourescent lights, a million folding chairs against a wall, faded construction paper cut outs of some bad lesson flapping on the wall.
Clearing the cobwebs is in order. Or using the cobwebs. A cobweb skirt, perhaps.