Saturday, 18 August 2007

Midsummer Nights Dream for Lucinda


It was a dismal day weatherwise here in the Scottish Borders. First it rained, then it rained some more and finally someone up there decided to tip it down by the bucket load. Two coats and 1 pair of trousers were soaked through after walking the dogs twice, even Troi's coat was left wet through. So I withdrew to my studio and indulged myself by finishing the pages for Lucinda's album. Her weather conditions at the moment put my situation into perspective as she lives in New Orleans and of course is waiting to hear what is going to happen with the coming hurricane. She assures us that the albums will definitely be evacuated with her if it comes to that but lets all hope it won't, so soon after Katrina. It must be immensely stressful waiting to see what will happen next.
Lucinda's album is dedicated to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights' Dream and the quotation on my spread 2 is the one I've decided to illustrate. It reads as follows:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight

On page one you can see Titania with her crown and surrounded by her fairies (she is the fairy queen after all). The background is one of my fabric/paper collages using a lot of flower napkins in the process.


On page 2 you see Titania herself, now asleep (fabric image from Altered Pages) with 2 more bits from the collage and the quotation itself. I achieved this with a combination of digital altering and good old fashioned cutting and pasting. The gold bits at the corners of the page are from Lost Art Creations and I can't for the life of me remember where the fairies came from. I've had them for quite some time.
There is also a lot of beading going on on both pages.
I just hope she likes it and that in due course I can mail it to her at her own address in New Orleans!

2 comments:

Debby Harriettha said...

Frieda your pages for Lucinda are incredibly gorgeous!! WOW!!! This journal is so beautiful. Lucinda will be thrilled when it makes it's way home to her.

Studio Panorama said...

You do such incredible work. Love this one.
Bev Froese

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