2020 WEEK 15: Textiles

“The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair.” – Louise Bourgeois

In keeping with the current stay-at-home orders that so many of us are under, the photochallenge this week should be very easy to accomplish around your home. We’re going to look for inspiration in textiles. To be clear, I am using a very broad definition of textiles to include: fabric, yarn, thread and/or anything made with those three elements.

Filigrees Embroidery Design #1 by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero
Filigrees Embroidery Design #1 by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

There are lots of ways to approach the challenge this week. Most obvious might be a close-up of detail and texture in an item such as a quilt, afghan, sweater or embroidery. But I encourage you to think beyond the obvious and think of the unique properties of textiles, such as the drape (how a fabric hangs) or the translucency of sheer fabrics. Or you could take a photo of the creation of a textile through sewing, weaving, knitting, embroidery, etc. Or you could take a photo of someone using or wearing a textile. (DIY face masks are particularly topical at the moment, but scarves, sweaters, wraps and other clothing are all potential ideas.) The choice is up to you.

2017 WEEK 09 - Red by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero
2017 WEEK 09 – Red by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero

Don’t forget to pay particular attention to the lighting as you take your photo since textiles tend to have a lot of texture that can be enhanced with side-lighting.

To recap this week’s challenge:

  • Take a photo with textiles as the main subject.
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday, April 5 and Saturday, April 11.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo:  #2020photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2020 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About thedigitaljeanie

I’m a self-taught photographer and way back when I used to love taking photos, but I allowed a business that I started in 2004 to take over my life and my photographic repertoire was reduced to quick product shots and how-to tutorials. When I joined the PhotoChallenge in December 2015, I was looking to rekindle my creativity and bring some joy back into my photography. I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back. I believe that photography can change the way we see and interact with the world around us. Some people may think that I hide behind the camera, but I feel that I experience the world in a much more intimate way when I am creating a composition in my viewfinder. In those moments distractions disappear, my mind focuses and I am fully present. It is just me and my camera capturing a moment in time that might otherwise go unnoticed. My background is as varied as the photos that I take. I’ve trained and worked as a software engineer, a massage therapist, an English teacher in Vietnam, a photo restoration artist (which is how I learned Photoshop) and for the past twelve years I have run a small software business with my husband where I have been published in numerous books and magazines, appeared on PBS television, created designs for fabric, quilts and machine embroidery and won awards for some of my quilts. It should come as no surprise that I am intensely curious about life and love to learn new things. I am blessed to live in the beautiful state of Colorado, USA in the Rocky Mountain foothills outside of Fort Collins with my husband and cat. You can find me online at: Photos: flickr.com/photos/the-digital-jeanie/ Day job: KaleidoscopeCollections.com Facebook: facebook.com/jeaniesa

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