Archive for handmade paper

Brown Paper Packages tied up with String, What Would William Morris say?

Posted in ART, DESIGN, HOME with tags , , , , on November 22, 2009 by echostains

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, nor believe to be beautiful

I find writing my blog such a locupletative* experience.  I’m never really stuck for something to write about, well perhaps sometimes….   I’m always squirreling away designs, interesting websites and information.  I used to do this with fabric too.  I had loads of beautiful fabric pieces put away, always meaning to do something with them, but somehow, I couldn’t bring myself to cut them up.  I did eventually make some crazy patchwork cushion covers and a couple of patchwork quilts but I still have the more delicate stuff stashed away.

That's the spirit!

The same applies with handmade paper.  I have reams of it.  I love to look at it, I love to handle it.  I just can’t bear to cut it up.  When I have to cut it up though, I keep all the tiny bits in case they come in ‘handy’.  If I was in the War I would probably be one of those women who hoarded tins of pineapple chunks and sardines  (given my fondness for original packaging, this is not as far-fetched as it seems)

old fashioned Christmas...aw

All in all, I think I would have done OK during the War.  The black outs wouldn’t have bothered me,  this house is quite dark , in fact someone once called it a Christmas house, because it really comes into its own at Christmas.  I digress, as usual.  I’m going to have a clear out, I can feel it coming on…I am teetering on the brink of just going for it, no mercy shown, sentimentality cast aside and just getting RID of stuff! What IS the point of hanging onto these things?  Perhaps it’s a security issue.  I just know that no sooner have I got rid of something, then it’s the very thing I want in a few days time.  I want to have this house nice and uncluttered for Christmas, I could be gone for some time….

Power to the Word!

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Altered art book, Page 21 (Yet again!) Is there a Ghost in the House?

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , on April 9, 2009 by echostains

page-21-yet again! But why?

page-21-yet again! But why?

Continuing again with another page from my altered art book.  It’s a few weeks since I did anything concerning these pages.  However, I am at last getting to the end of the pages where I had already chosen words, so it should become easier.  The original words I chose were relevant for that time (er… a few years ago, as I kept mislaying the book!)

The words for this page are;-

‘She’d be laid out in her coffin, pink satin it’d be with blue trimmings to go with her make-up.’

Silver trains shake through the stone

Loungewear – Made for stars (label)

My mum chucked them out.  The whole lot.  She said they were dirty.

I don’t know

Some people

Eye leaking

Like it always did’

I found a label from some pyjamas I bought and thought it would be fun to add this to the page.  Pink satin with blue trimmings to go with her make -up sounds like Barbara Cartland doesn’t it?  Or perhaps Liberace.  It’s a pity we didn’t go to his place when we were in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.

liberace-las-vegas-villa

liberace-las-vegas-villa

One flamboyant performer’s house we did see was Turkish singer Zeke Muren.  We first heard him a quite a few years ago, in a shop on our first Turkish holiday. 

zeke-muren

zeke-muren

 This man  has such an interesting voice, we bought some of his music.  Two years ago, we went to Bodrun in Turkey and had a look around the late great Zeke’s house. 

Zeke statue in his garden

Zeke statue in his garden

 It was uncanny, it was as if he had just nipped out to the shops and we were snooping.  The feeling was particularly strong in the bedroom.  Some of his costumes were still there (they are very flamboyant) and also his car, well one of them. 

Zeke's car

Zeke's car

 His house is right near Helicarnassus, the famous outdoor dance place.  I wonder if he ever went in?  Apparently before his illness, he could often be seen around town, and no one hassled him. 

helicarnassus outdoor disco

helicarnassus outdoor disco

This is what he sounds like

and what he did

To  view the altered art book pages so far  The one I did already and forgot about……for this page is here and here.  I must LOVE this page or something, I can’t seem to get off it lol!

Altered art book: page 20 continued

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by echostains
page20

page20

 

Method used for this page was watercolour, then ink was inscribed (ok, then scribbled…)  I actually used a rubber stamp on this page, a leaf one.  I used some handmade paper, torn at the bottom of the page.  Ribbon was used and some plastic shapes embellished.  I love the colours used on this page.

Altered art book page 13 A deadly reminder’

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by echostains

 

page-13-altered book

 

page-13-altered book

 

The chosen words are: –

‘He listened to his father breathing’

‘And made plans for that lonliness’

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

The Egytians made plans for their  death.  They left nothing to chance.    Sometimes a whole lifetime was dedicated to their own rememberence:   Egypt is full of these reminders.

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

Memento Mori: this means ‘Remember you will die’ or ‘Be mindful of death‘.  The symbols associated with this reminder of mortality are skulls, clocks, hourglasses, flowers. Sometimes wine, books, musical instruments.   served as ‘vanities’, a reminder of worldly pleasures.

 

mosiac-pompei

‘and made plans for that loneliness’

What does this mean though?  Does it mean coming to terms with eventual death? It could mean a physical reminder that lives on when we are no more. Surely we live on in the hearts of people who love  us?  Why would we need a tangible reminder?

p13-skeleton detail2

p13-skeleton detail2

Sometimes a place or a memorial can act as a focus.  Like a gravestone, a grave, somewhere we can feel close to the person, as well as a written reminder for others, that our loved ones existed: a way of them living forever: enjoying everlasting life.  On a large scale, the Taj Mahal, India  reminds the world of the undying love of Shahjahan and his beautiful queen Mumtaz.

 

taj mahal

 

taj mahal

 

One of the Ancient Wonders of the Old World was The Mausoleum of Helicarnassus, Bodrum Turkey.  It started out as a memorial for the Persian King Mausolus, by his wife/sister Artimisia.  But when she died, became a mixture of all different styles as artist continued with their own ideas.

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

Media used; ink, card, gem stone, silk flower, fabric,organza ribbon (wings) and handmade paper stamped with vercemark and chalked.

to be continued……