Sunday, November 8, 2009

MMM: Fashion

"I am Fashion"
MMM: ATC
My husband and I were taking a walking tour of Amsterdam a few years ago when we stumbled upon an incredible book fair / open market in the center of town. Among the goodies I had to have - including a tiny little book of Shakespeare Sonnets - was a 3-ring binder full of vintage post cards from the turn of the century. In it were treasures from all over Europe and in all styles of the time; from artist sketches to photographs made into postcards. The image I used here was taken from a 1929 postcard from the Netherlands and featured this lovely lady in what must have been a fabulous frock. When prompted to do a piece for Mixed Media Monday on Fashion, I knew I had to use this one. Included among the Gesso relief (behind image), crystals, white ink, feather and melted wax is the following quote by Coco Chanel: "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Ah, gotta love her . . .
By the way, my sweet husband bought the whole binder full of postcards from the book fair vendor when my back was turned. I didn't know then what I would ever use them for, but I knew that I loved them. I mention this because I am happy to share them with you if you would like. All you have to do is tell me how. I am not as computer savvy as some of you, and I do not know what steps to take in order to share them through this blog. If you do, please let me know by leaving a comment and I will be happy to start posting them. Also, if I do not respond as I normally would this week, please forgive me. But that same guy who bought the book of postcards is taking me away (no clue where) for our anniversary. I'll let you know more when I get back next week . . .
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9 comments:

Lori Saul said...

This is so beautiful and what a lucky lady you are - the postcards sound fantastic- a lovely, expressive entry!

Amy said...

I love the feather addition..she is full of fashion and spirit..she has a great smile upon herself!! I love the saying too.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Kristin!!!! what a sweet husband...to pick up your cool postcards and to take you away on a fun filled getaway for your Anniversary!!! I hope you have the greatest time ever!!!

You can scan your postcards to share them here as Jpegs..they sound amazing!!!

have a great trip!!!

Hugs
Diana

Kristin said...

Thank you Diana! I will give that a try as soon as I get back: I really appreciate your help! Kristin

Hermine said...

Its gorgeous

WrightStuff said...

What a lovely romantic story. That's such a great quote isn't it! Imagine being that confident in your talents!

Faye said...

Lovely piece, Kristin. The story behind the postcards is so touching and sweet. And happy anniversary to you!

Kris Dickinson said...

How wonderfully fun this is!

Beth said...

I love the combination of colors, and the layout is strong.