Sunday, April 22, 2012

Crewel


Crewel, originally uploaded by margotwood.
Imagine if the world we lived in was built and sustained by a network of threads, creating a weave, that was built, maintained and manipulated by women called Spinsters. Being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But Adelice isn’t interested. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the 8th in my series of photographs inspired by young adult books. This photo was inspired by the upcoming (on sale in October!) book CREWEL written by Gennifer Albin.

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There's a story behind this photo, so bear with me. Somehow, through all of you awesome people who have helped spread the word about my photo project, Gennifer Albin found me on Twitter and said something along the lines of "Oh I wonder what she would do with Crewel!" and that my friends, was the beginning of this challenge.

I contacted Gennifer and from there she was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of her book and I proceeded to read and fall in love with it. It's a story that borders on sci-fi and dystopia with such a cool idea that I was really excited to try and figure out what I was going to do for a photo for this.

The book has some beautiful imagery. From the art deco lounges, to the descriptions of the oceans and especially to describing the weave and the looms. I imagine that getting a clear picture of what these two things are might have been a challenge for Gennifer but she handled it gracefully.

I originally thought about recreating a scene from the book, but decided that since it doesn't come out for a few months, it would be better to instead create a photo that I felt conveyed the essence of the story. I wanted the photo to be beautiful but also mysterious and hopefully spark some interest in finding out more about this whole "weave and looms" business.

To achieve this photo, I combed through Manhattan's fashion district and visited several fabric stores. I wanted to find a reflective, sheer fabric that could be stretched. I found three different ones, bought a few yards of each and then went home to take the test photos.

I was originally going to do this shot outside and use natural sunlight, but this test shot came out so well I'm not really sure I need to redo this! I would, however, LOVE to still recreate a scene from the book, especially a scene with my favorite character Cormac. So when you end up reading this book, try to think of a scene with Cormac that you think would be great for a photo because there's a good chance I'll be doing it!

24 comments:

  1. I think this is the first time I haven't read at least part of the book you're photographing, so I'm not bringing any of my own expectations or visualizations to this. And zomg I loooooove this shot! Regardless of what the book/photo is about, this is visually lovely. Then you add in the threads and the scifi/fantasy tone, and it's just magical! Great work, Margot!

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    1. Thank you Kristan!! You should definitely check it out when the book goes on sale. Gennifer has a real knack for world building. Now, when do I get to do a photo for your books?

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  2. It's an honor to be part of your photograph series.

    I have a few ideas for some Cormac shots if you ever make it out here. Union Station!

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    1. Oh I definitely want to do the station scene, when they eat. I have my older sister starting to scout for great art deco / 1940's outfits for the scene. I'm definitely doing it!

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  3. Wow. I must seem so flaky because I flit from photo to photo thinking "this is my favorite..no, this one...no this!" I just adore your style. I'm definitely checking out Gennifer's book. It comes out a few days before my birthday. And birthdays are kind of crewel after 30. :)

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    1. Oh I see what you did there Sarah. Nice pun! And yes you should check out the book, but it's frustrating because the ending is REALLY AMAZING and I'm mad now that I have to wait for the 2nd book to come out. Le sigh.

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  4. I love it!! And I agree with SarahWedgbrow who says she has a hard time determining which photo is her favorite....I love them all! This one is so great, with the sparkles, and the light, and the tautly stretched fabric adding tension to the mood...magnificent!
    Also, I will be buying and reading Crewel. You and the author both managed to convince me without ever saying actually saying "Buy the book." I love to be manipulated this way, truly!
    Magically done :)

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    1. It's the best way to be manipulated! Hehe, I jest. But seriously, it was a good read, and I'm eager to find out what happens in the next one in the series. I loved the main character, Adelice.....saw a lot of myself in her.

      Thanks for your kind words! Now I just have to figure out what to do with all that fabric....

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  5. This is GORGEOUS. I think it's my favorite of your series so far. The colors are so vibrant. I can't wait to read CREWEL!

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    1. I can't wait for you to read it either! I'm so excited to talk about this book with other people. And I can't wait to read your book, Born Wicked! :)

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  6. The last two in your series have been based on books I have yet to read and I have to say... They totally pull me in and want them NOW >.< You have a wonderful way with images and such a great imagination. When the whole series is done .. unless its awesomely never ending, I WILL be getting a set of prints from you!

    Amazing!

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    1. I'm trying to decide if I should offer something more than just prints. Maybe bookmarks, or post cards or something. I loved your red riding hood post cards. :)

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    2. bookmarks would be lovely! and I could add them to my framed collection ;)

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  7. Love your eye and how you interpret each book! This is a great series of photos.

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    1. Thank you Mary! Any suggestions for what I should add to my "to-be-photographed" list?

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  8. It's beautiful! Captures the book very well.

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  9. Another beautiful photo. And the best part, they make you want to go read the book.

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  10. Love this! Can't wait to see more of your photos. Just found your blog through TLT and now I have a new book on my TBR list and an awesome blog to follow.

    Great job! :)

    -Britney at I Eat Words

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  11. I just want to gush gush gush over your blog and not stop! You have such a great eye, such good taste in books, and obviously unique ideas in starting this blog in the first place! Remind me to beg for you as my cover designer when I start publishing, and to hire you if I ever start my own publishing venture. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so honored you found my blog and like this series! There'll be more photos coming soon! Oh and if you ever want me to do a photo for the cover of your book YOU GOT IT. In fact, that's sorta why I started this project, because one day I'd like my photos to be on covers of books!

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    2. My own book may be awhile, but I am totally serious, and next time I'm talking to some writer/agent buddies, I will definitely mention your blog to them!

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  12. Crewel was one of my favorite books of 2012 and I think you did it so much justice. I raved about the same things in my review about how the imagery was unreal and so totally beautiful.

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