Monday, 30 June 2008

N is for No Woman, No Cry


After yesterday's break, I went back to making Abby's next page which had to feature a song starting with N. I had nothing whatsoever in mind but suddenly found myself humming the No Woman, No Cry song by Bob Marley so I suppose my subconscious mind must have been working overtime and this is what it came up with.

I always imagine people sitting on ranch house porches for this song (check out the full lyrics on line!) and I had a fabric with great images of these already. As a background I choose a fabric which went well with this in colour and which I originally bought some time ago in The Netherlands. It's a vintage brown/blue check. This was ironed onto Fast2Fuse and machine quilted with blue thread using the lines in the check. The fabric houses were stitched on as well as a transparency of a similar porch house (from Altered Pages). Now I needed a woman who looked like she could be about to cry which I found on the Alphastamps Emotions fabric sheet. I added a tear drop shaped bead.

Before I went any further I had a bit of a think about why she should be about to cry and I decided that it would be her past life in seedy bars and other sad events in the past, like getting involved with a dismal guitar player and you can imagine the rest. I knew I had this photograph somewhere and finally managed to dig it up. I think it came with a lot of vintage ephemera I once bought on Ebay and this was just the page for it. I also found some text about learning to play the guitar. You will notice that in both cases I used the original. Sometimes that's the only thing that will convey the right athmosphere. And it's not as if I don't have tonnes of originals left!!

I printed out the refrain of the song out on paper which was antiqued with Moon Spray Gold and stitched on. A vintage button and 2 charms forming the word NO were the final touches.

1 comment:

Lenna Andrews said...

I really like the sepia tones you used for this, Frieda. Your work is typically more colorful, but this fits so well. I also enjoy reading your process and thanks for the tiome that takes to do. I believe my brain works on projects subconsciously too, and figures things out for me when I am not even aware. Ha! Now I am singing Bob Marley in my head, which is altogether not a bad thing : ))

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