DIY: Creative Uses For Photocopies

DIY: Creative Uses For Photocopies

Keehnan Konyha
Oct 7, 2008
Left: "Chair-chair Pad" by Chenhhui Su; Right: Detail from Monique and Richard's SF apartment

There's been some discussion recently about the pros and cons of working with photocopies and facsimiles for projects in your home. Where ever you land in the debate, xeroxing remains an inexpensive process with huge possibilities, and we thought we could take the opportunity to show a few interesting applications we've collected over the past few months. After the jump, a roundup of some of our favorite uses for photocopies and ink jet prints...

In the images above, Chenhhui Su uses a silkscreen of a xerox to dress-up less than stellar chairs, and Monique and Richard altered what was originally an expensive Cole & Son wallpaper using a blueprint copier!

Left: Detail of wallpaper by Jenny Holzer in The Fabric Workshop & Museum in Philadelphia; Right: file cabinet covered using photocopies, from Domino

Here, some of Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays were installed in their original colors and formation in the Philadelphia Fabric Workshop & Museum; this filing cabinet was decoupaged with photocopies of a classic chinoiserie print.

Left: "Tableaux Cloth" by Mark Cutler Design; Right: Handprinted wallpaper by Deborah Bowness

Mark Culter's "Tableaux Cloths" use simple silkscreening techniques and canvas to mask what were originally uninteresting tables, and Deborah Bowness' hand printed wallpapers employ a xeroxed effect in their tromp l'oeil of everyday objects.

Left: "Verona" cabinet by Anna James; Right: Detail of "Curtain Wall" by Simone Decker

Finally, Anna James' "Verona" cabinet takes digital images of graffiti and applies them to a classic period piece, and artist Simone Decker transforms indoor space by using large scale fabric prints of images taken outside.

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