Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Athens Asylum

While the Athens Lunatic Asylum sounds eerie, the facility was built as a state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital with an environment that resembled home.  The residents once maintained a dairy, orchards, gardens, herds and even fired bricks for the building additions.  Overcrowding in the 1900s led to less humane treatment.  Of the 1900 bodies buried in the grounds cemeteries, nearly 1700 are identified only with a number.  68 are Civil War veterans.  Bob and I would have loved to see the inside of the Victorian style buildings, now closed.  2012

I scanned a Kraft Halloween paper with the haunted house image, then printed the house onto my background patterned paper.  I also scanned a bird-swirl corner design transparency and printed it onto the same background patterned paper.


The image of the building is covered in vellum to give the opaque image.

I printed the 2 center photos 4 times each in varied sizes, then arranged them one on top the other with pop dots to add some dimension.  This is an idea I picked up from talented scrapper Keandra Willis.

Happy Haunting!

8 comments:

Amy said...

Wow....all the cool techniques you used....very inspiring!

Lisa said...

Love the pyramid look CIndy!! What a eerie and interesting place to see!!! Love the haunted house!!

Connie said...

Love the layered photos. May have to try that someday when I'm feeling adventureous. Great layout.

KellyCreates said...

I appreciated hearing about the humane treatment of the patients....hard to believe at that period in time. Very cool how you used the vellum and I loved the popped dimensional photos!

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

This is really a cool page. Love the 3D pictures. Hope to use the idea someday!

Ruki said...

so pretty!!! love how you used the vellum!!

Kiara said...

Cindy.. You are truly one talented lady.. You even scrap architectural n memorial buildings, which is amazing how you put the pieces together n complement them in layout. Your work is an inspiration to me..:) hugss

Heather Landry said...

I love the dimensional photos. It's awful to hear that so many graves are only identified by a number. I can't help but think of all of the families that don't know where their relative is.