A trick I saw at U of Minn used the acrylic painting Gloss Gel product (Gesso is opaque) where one if can get a coat dried on an object you can do a transfer of a picture to it...
The ceramic coating on old magazines like National Geographic makes it work best, they put a fine clay over the paper pulp to make the page ultra-smooth and accept inks that plain paper can't.
The way I saw was putting a fresh thin coat over the dried 1st coat and then pressing on the magazine page and letting it dry, then c a r e f u l l y rubbing away the paper pulp and most of the ceramic glaze to leave only the inked photo.
It's surprising that some of these can transfer a great image and some not-so-well, a lot of experimentation is required. Perhaps the magazine cover images work best as they are the richest in inks.
A quick scan shows many google hits, here is one: Transferring Printed Images into Artwork
I think the extra step of a first coat makes sure there is enough of the medium there that the image gets better bonded so a little careless rubbing or too-long wet time won't ruin it as easily.
Working with a curved surface may make it extra difficult, this process alreay has enough antique 'patinia' so the creases or pleat drop-outs may make some really unexpected results...