This was a baptism gift for my first godson. All the other godchildren before him were goddaughters. I took this baptism seriously. I felt that as an expression of my spiritual duties to the little boy, I wanted to make him something. This was the result. Various pieces of decorative paper, acrylics, oil pastels on canvas. This was framed with a silver plaque inscribed with his name and date of baptism.
The number 17 is a splendid number! This was a birthday gift from yesterday. Acrylics, oil pastels, charcoal, pages from a vintage dictionary, gel paste, stamps... I wished that it would bring with it many happy returns of the day. Happy Wednesday to all!
They have been through lots of meaningful journeys together, Mildred and her best owl pal. Mildred is a doll made from polyfil-stuffed canvas. The canvas was then glued with various pieces of decorative paper. Molding paste was then applied to her skirt in order to make stamp impressions. I used a brayer tool to apply paint to the skirt. Pages from a vintage dictionary, punched in the shape of butterflies and flowers were sewn together to make up her hair piece. Her face and hair are all hand painted. So are the details on her dress. Her owl friend is also made of polyfil-stuffed canvas, with various pieces of decorative paper glued on. His eyes were cut from pages of a vintage dictionary and decorative paper. I also incorporated some architectural applique, a keyhole scrapbook detail and a key with the word "journey" inscribed in it.
Here are close-ups:
The Owl and...
I made the mistake of not knowing that UPS's over night deliveries end at noon on Saturdays. Mildred and her owl didn't make it to their destination, but they're on their way there as we speak. I am hopeful that they get their share of the spotlight there.
1760 Sunday House in Good To Know NO. 5... The topic: art/design school: do you need to go? Does it make a difference if you do? Read my two cents', together with many other inspired and talented designers, artists and crafters. See a preview here. Get your copies here. Amy Ng's Good to Know project is worth watching out for every month or so. It's one of those rare occasions where we get a peak into the process of some of our favorite artworks' creation.
We are Spiritual, the latest coloring book by Yael Frankl, features 1760 Sunday House, among her etsy idols, Danita,Marmee Craft and and Hieidi Burton. I am thrilled to be in such lovely company! These little coloring books are available here.
There's something about living in an urban environment. I miss the overwhelming population, what seemed to be an unlimited amount of bus numbers, a rainbow of train colors: pink to get there; purple to head up north; brown, west; the small, isolated "secret" parks and patches of greenery. Most of all, I miss the anonymity of being in the city. When all you are is a face in the crowd. Only when you bother to look and actually see across your train compartment or break your routine to look up from your book and realize that someone's been studying your face since they boarded the same bus does your world get an interruption: perhaps a reminder that there are always people to share life with. All you have to do is to reach out. But artist Sophie Blackwell, in her series, Missed Connections, celebrates the temporal and fragile nature of such urban interactions. "Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down," Blackwell writes in her blog. Here are a few more of those Missed Connections: