Madcanvases – Custom Photography Collages

An experiment in black and white photography


Madcanvases, a digital design company from designer-photographer Mandy Adamick, focuses on original and custom photography collages that are printed on a variety of mediums including wood panels, ceramic tiles, canvas pillows and slate trivets.  Her distinctive black and white designs include just the right splash of color.  They stand out when on their own, but also create a statement when displayed as a collection.

Mandy is a self-taught digital artist, using her own photographic images as a base before manipulating them into an abstract, layered design. Her pieces focus on the well known landmarks of the city and the architectural aspects within.Madcanvases

We’re excited to welcome Mandy Adamick of Madcanvases to the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago) on Sunday, December 2, 2018 (10am-4pm) along with 100+ of Chicago’s finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.

The final images are printed using a process called sublimation on different mediums such as wood and canvas. The process of sublimation turns the inks from a liquid directly into a gas when they are heat pressed onto the canvas. The ink essentially becomes a part of the fabric and allows the texture of the canvas to remain untouched, giving the impression of the image being dyed or burned rather than simply printed on top.

About the photographer:
Mandy Adamick is a digital artist who started designing collages with personal photographs of local landmarks around the West Loop in Chicago. She quickly expanded her Chicago collection to include over 100 iconic spots and that number is growing. She has recently begun to venture out to highlight sites in cities such as Milwaukee, New York, Boston and San Francisco.

Mandy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Computer Engineering in 2003. After moving to a new condo in the West Loop in 2008, Mandy was faced with the task of decorating a large blank wall in her living room.  She and her husband she decided that they wanted artwork that represented Chicago and their new neighborhood; however, they wanted more than the standard, big box store version of the Chicago Theater sign. So Mandy ventured out to take pictures of landmarks around the West Loop. After realizing that many of her photos weren’t the type to blow up for large format printing, she decided to try combining four or five of her pictures digitally into one design – and her style was born.

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Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing