Saturday, March 10, 2012

Creatively Made - Week 2

These canvasses are very 'loosely' based on Jeanne's Vintage Hardware Art tutorial.  She used a small 4x4 canvas and then mounted on to the frame of a door handle.  Whilst I looked everywhere for something similar, could not find anything.  Didnt have time to investigate antique stores. My canvasses are 7x5" and I decided to produce a series of three, using free sample images from Dover Publications and 'image transferred' them on to the prepared canvas backgrounds before adding charchoal, pencil, ink, Faber Castell marker pens etc.  I have used one of the images previously on the front of a journal, but am very 'drawn' to them for some reason.  Really like the style of the 1930's fashion.

As the project was nearing completion and I commenced adding more elements, it became quite an emotional journey for me.  I decided to add real vintage buttons which belonged to my mother.  They are so precious.  I then decided to write the 'button story' around the edges of the three canvasses.  Whilst it would be impossible for someone else to read and make some sense of the story, it  means a lot to me because I continued the story from one canvas to the next.  I have 10 siblings (6 boys and 4 girls), so nothing got thrown away if it could be reused for something else.  I was blessed to obtain a number of mum's buttons when she died (27 years ago).  Knowing that she handled the buttons and diligently sewed them on to one garment then another is particularly meaningful to me.

It was not until I transferred the images to the canvasses that I realised that mum would have been in her teens in the 1930's, so that is how 'the story' regarding the buttons evolved.  A lot of our clothes were sewn on the old Singer sewing machine.  Cannot remember having had any sewing lessons, it just seems like it is something I knew instinctively to be able to do and thus used to make a lot of my own clothes, clothes for my daughter when she was small and a lot of home furnishings.

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I dont usually add a lot of words, but somehow this work has sparked something in me.  The individual cavasses are titled story, time and wish.  I took a long time to think of what I am trying to convey behind the works, and it is simply that I wish I had had time time to talk to mum about her story, particularly in those early years.  We had a very busy household, so there was minimal one on one time, and I now know they are conversations which would have been good to have had . . . however, there are other memories to sustain me.

Really did not choose a good time of day for taking photos, but here are my three ladies lined up on the window sill.    They are actually more vintage and 'warmer' in real life.  Forgot to add in my explanation  that I looped two strands of wire around each canvas and then with a smaller gauge wire, threaded some beautiful fresh water pearls I had in my jewellery box - a necklace which was awaiting repair.

Close up of the buttons and sides

Close up of one the girls in the garden
I purhased a pack of vintage ephemera from 'somewhere' - cant rememer.  I found this old envelope (seen on the top of the canvas) and the post mark is 1935!

A better side view showing the old papers, music sheets, wires and pearl

a glimpse of the '3 ladies' in the garden

Title 1 (printed onto cream-coloured sticky back canvas) and cut out

title 2

title 3

Have found the perfect spot for the 'three ladies' where I can see them every day


Better colour depiction of two of the finished canvasses: