Wednesday, 4 November 2009

"Someone like you and all you know and how you speak"...

Hello Lovelies...
wanted to share with you this piece I made for
cat of Raggyrat. Cat sent me a letter her Father had written to her, an envelope with the year of his birth, date stamped and a couple of pics of her Dad as a child. I put together the jigsaw together! As I explained to Cat, it's quite difficult putting collage together this way, because I normally find the components as I go along. But with this, I have the piece together in the first instance. Cat seems to be happy with the result and I enjoyed making it, simples!
I did a little more embroidery today and went rather mad with the camera!
I have been mostly.... playing with textures and the mix of paper and lace.

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As you probably already know, my day job is at a local College and I would also like to show you a few books that I borrowed from their Library. They date from the 30's and 50's and it is wonderful that they are still kept on the shelves to enjoy.
This is a new artist to me, Ben Shahn ~ Graphic Art by James Thrall Soby.


Below ~ I really enjoy the spare use of line and then the small architectural detail of the far right.
The next book is in French ~ I have put pics below of the title

Just stunning... gentle, muted, soft pallette....


Third and last book, dated 1930 ...
Just a few of the images from the book...





Very special books, I'm sure you can understand why I feel so happy about finding them!
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Last post was entitled 'For each a road. For everyman a religion'. Ian Brown's F.E.A.R. and 'cus I love it so much, here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgI1ovaYrl4, (embed disabled) just in case you fancy taking a look. I really enjoy this video because it gives a real sense of London and the early morning atmosphere.
See if you can guess the song title of today's post ;-)
Thanks so much for stopping by. x

28 comments:

Gina said...

I love the images from the French book. They illustrate my recent drawing module - The figure in the Environment - perfectly, especially the old lady in the kitchen. Your collage is beautiful Viv... as ever!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Oh the wood cuts. Wow what speical book lucky you!!

bad penny said...

thank you - wonderful images

mimilove forever said...

I'm loving the personalized collages missus, had a wee tear when I saw the one you did for Love STitching Red x

Now are you getting any actual "work" done at that there college?! x;0)

(and congrats on the article...nowif I could just have your autograph please, preferably on one of your purses...)


xx

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

i love that collage - the letter was so sweet and what a great way to display it.

omg that green scottie dog button is gorgeous *jealous*

Tara said...

I loved looking at these book images! I also really love the muted colours you use in your work. I've got really into varying shades of white lately and find your work really inspiring. :)

JP said...

the collage is lovely like the one you did for Carolyn - they are just right

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Hi Viv, the collage is lovely as are your current embroideries.

Have really enjoyed the book illustrations, especially the woodcuts, and would love to own 'stormy seas' - not surprisingly, I suppose. It's something to do with the colours and suggestion of movement. BFN. Lesley x

ANGLESEY ALLSORTS said...

Thanks for sharing!
x Vicky x

Clare said...

What lovely images..the french one is my favourite. The piece you did with the photo and letter is just beautiful, what a lovely and precious thing.

Gunnels blog said...

Lovely collage as usaul, Viv!

lilylovekin said...

I'm glad you went crazy with your camera, I enlarged each photo of your embroidery and studied it carefully, it is wonderful. And what fabulous books, I would be hard pressed to return them!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Ah, well of course they Are the KINGS (my favourite!) and you are the Queen, it's official I have crowned you over on my page!

Beautiful work as always!
those books, wow, I love those illustrations the red wallpaper makes me want to skip all around my kitchen!

You are bad, no return address! Naughty! I insist!

Loads of Love Sarah x

twiggypeasticks said...

Gorgeous collage, what a fantastic idea. The books are stunning.
twiggy x

cocoa and blankets said...

oh oh oh ...just wonderful I love love love those books...I would drool for eons...love and massive hugs H ps something to make you titter on my blog..I think you will like the post...

Mixed Media Martyr said...

I love the old woodcut images and prints. They have busy look to them that speaks to me. Wonderful!

Margaret said...

fab collage Viv, you have such an amazing eye for what 'goes' a truly beautiful keepsake. the books have me drooling, especially the muted colour pics, lucky you! Mx

penny patten said...

Love your collage piece, and the book looks interesting.

sinnlighet said...

I love this post.....and your wonderful header!!

Peace & love from Agneta in Sweden

Raggy Rat said...

i am loving my collage
and its nice to hear that others do too ...
its such a great way to remember my old dad ... who didnt get to be so old
fank owen 1948-1999
thanks viv
cat xxx

Lyn said...

I think these illustrations are fab! what a shame they are not more well known, well they are now, thanks to you!
Love
Lyn
xxx

ooglebloops said...

I am now a follower - I love (and covet) your garden studio!!! Great finds these books - love the 30's!!!!!

cathyB said...

I love the images of the rooms from the books - beautiful - does your local college know what a wonderful artist you are!

Nancy said...

I love the custom collage that you did. How do you attach the finished fabric to the paper background, or is it just sewn?
Nancy

Jackie said...

The books make me want to get drawing...oh well I'm sure we'll both have time soon!

Jackie said...

Oh and congratulations on the article.Fantastic.

Kitschen Pink said...

What a feast! Beautiful embroideries as ever and OH those woodcuts! And that owl... ooooh! t.x

Raggy Rat said...

viv
i have your work at the framers now, i was parted from it this weekend
when i fianlly get it back, ill photo it for my blog and blog you back !