It's been a busy few weeks of work, but I finally have a selection of my photographs printed and made up into my new lampshades.
The idea to develop a range of lampshades has been ticking over in my mind ever since making a one off for a good friend of mine, as she was in the process of redecorating and could not find a ceiling pendant shade that suited her needs. It set me thinking that I have a number of photographs in my collection that would be suitable for conversion into lampshades.
The idea of making the lampshades myself also appeals, as I love the practical side of making, as well as the creative side of photographing. This seemed like an ideal combination of the two, to create a beautiful, and alternative way of displaying my art, that didn't require free wall space, or expensive framing to do it justice.
It is an interesting exercise choosing a suitable photograph to convert into a lampshade, as not all photos will work! It is important to remember that the image will be back lit and this needs to enhance the photograph.
Once I had a small selection earmarked it was then a case of choosing the materials I was going to use for printing. My first lampshade was printed onto unrolled canvas & then mounted onto the frame. It's a relatively expensive method, but it does look good! With further research I found printable fabrics, which I am now using as standard, and produce a great effect but without the high price tag of the canvases.
During the development process I also discovered some very cute lantern making kits, which I have also created and can be used as table decorations, bedside lights or just as great gifts.
All these are now for sale on my new Etsy Shop http://etsy.com/uk/shop/NaomiRJDesign
Please have a look at my range so far.
They will also be available to buy on my website soon!
I have some more ideas for some new designs so please keep a look out for more to come.