Saturday, 10 May 2008

Vive la France Gothic Arch

Quel honneur!! I've been chosen to be the hostess for the Gothic Arches Challenge this week and I had so many ideas that it was quite difficult to make my final choice.
But I just had to honour a country close to my heart. I've been a Francophile all my life (although I ended up in Scotland eventually after moving out of The Netherlands! How did that happen???). I love everything about this wonderful country, the language, the landscape, the historical buildings, La France profonde and the sunflowers and of course the people.

France is also the first European country which addressed Human Rights in its Declaration of 1789 during the French Revolution, under influence from the USA. Many of the current European laws about human rights were heavily influenced by the French version. One big difference though, in 1789 it were only the hommes who received these rights despite women playing important roles during the Revolution (they did not just knit underneath the guillotine!).

In these more enlightened times we femmes also count!!

I used one of my paper/fabric collages as background. It features some French themed paper napkins. The transparency is from a vintage French book published in the 19th Century. I scanned this into my computer and printed it out onto a transparency. The text is from the same book.
Hope everyone will enjoy our visit to France this week!! Bon voyage et vive la France!

21 comments:

Femmy said...

Beautiful arch!!!

Mandy C said...

fantastic frieda! love your arch :-)

carylsrealm said...

Beautiful beautiful arch!

Karen Owen said...

Frieda, your arch is gorgeous and very inspirational too! What a terrific theme!

sija said...

Fabulous arch again!

filetta said...

great arch ! It really represents France! Bravo

Kris Dickinson said...

Love all the wonderful details!

Kersten said...

Lovely work, Frieda. Thanks for taking us back to France!

Anne S. said...

This is fab!! I Like!!

WaldfrauAlexa said...

wow
this is really great !!!

vintage wil said...

wow this is so beautiful !!!
very nice colors .

Kelly said...

fabulous! great theme!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Totally awesome! Love your background.

stampingbalou said...

Frieda - merci bien pour cette challenge - j´aime beaucoup la France et il me fais beaucoup de plaisir de faire mon arche...

I love your arch - it expresses your love to France totally - the chosen images, the colors - just perfect !!!

KardKrazy said...

Absolutely stunning inspiration for us this week...thanks for the challenge!

Tova said...

Beautiful work on your arch !

Heather Robinson said...

Bravo, Frieda, for both the honour of being hostess and for the fantastic theme. I immediately thought of Les Miserables when I saw your arch. You have inspired us.

Mary-Beth said...

Your French collage is just gorgeous!

aino said...

Nice work. I like this shape.

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for offering up such a wonderful theme as well.

Debby said...

Gorgeous arch Frieda, great theme.
Debby

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