To create woven photographs, I will be using the Free Prints app to have photos of my students mailed to me for (almost) free! 😎 Check out the app or find another snazzy way to get the photos cheap. I'll take one photo of each student (or have the student take the photo) then I'll edit the photo on my phone so that I can adjust it to black and white, and save a copy. This will give me two photos of the student- one in color and one in black and white. I'll load the photos I want to the app, then wait a few days for them to ship to me.
Once the photos arrive, we'll draw parallel lines on the back of the photo. On one photo the lines are horizontal and on the other the lines are vertical. This can be measured with a ruler (the example is one inch spacing) or the lines can jus be estimated.
Cut carefully on the lines and notice how the image already begins to change. Play with the spacing and see how you can create optical illusions with space.
Then begin sliding the rectangles together to create the woven image. I started with one vertical rectangle (over, under, over, under) and continued until all the rectangles were interlocked and snug.
This could be altered a million ways. Students could combine a side profile photo with a frontal photo. Students could weave their face with an image from a magazine or another source. The width of the rectangles could be changed. Explore and see what happens!
Also check out artist and photographer Greg Sand - he has several examples of woven photographs.