This is a piece I made a few weeks back. I had finished the collage itself but couldn’t settle on the words for it. Then, after watching Grease one night with my nephew (his choice of movie – I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate or not for an eleven-year old, but then I remembered that is exactly the age I was when I first watched it all the way through) I kept getting the “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” song in my head. Not the saucy slumber-party version that Rizzo sings, but the sad, navel-gazing one that plays when Sandy is watching the car race. The bird-lady here seemed to be channeling that mood and feeling, so I went with it.
The original mirror had actually been cut from the lady’s hand, so I had to go searching through my cut-up books to find another one of the same size. I got lucky. That mirror looks like it belongs there – I don’t think you would know I had used a different one from another picture. Small triumphs can make your day. And those skinny little legs and toes were nerve-wracking to cut out and adhere too – they were pretty fragile, especially once they had glue on them. But, she survived, intact, and ready for some self-appraisal and soul-searching. As anyone would do, if they were a stork wearing a dress 🙂
Thank you for stopping by – hope you have a lovely week x
“…In a noisy world like ours, the best gift to have is a quiet mind. In a dangerous world like this one, the best gift to own is a calm soul. In a life like we are placed in, the best gift to receive is a serene outlook. May we have all three of these gifts…”
A post-Easter bunny for you today, with a quote from Beatrix Potter. This collage came together so quickly, with a minimum of fuss. I panicked a bit, towards the end, thinking I was going to get all the words on. But I managed to just fit them all in (I really need to get better at mapping these things out before I start them…). I love the vintage bunny, and it was a change to work with the pink tones too.
Another day, another collage! I actually made this one a few weeks ago but forgot to post it. I really like the sentiment – books are constant friends and, for me, a house without books is just not a home. Of course, being a librarian, I am surrounded by books all the time, so it is hard to imagine a life without them. My house would probably be a lot less crowded though…but that’s another story!
The bird-lady in my collage has a lovely dress (from a Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone book of prayers) and her head is from a vintage book of bird illustrations. She’s a Eurasian Hoopoe. And she’s pretty fabulous with her freaky-deaky feathers. You can read more about Hoopoes HERE. They’re quite delightful.