Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Greyhound Spread


While the scissors were in my hand I took the opportunity to make another spread in my Sketchbook as well. Scavenging to my heart's content I found some old wrapping paper with images from Edinburgh, an old greyhound calendar as well as a beautiful picture of a French cafe. This came from a magazine advertising Nespresso capsules which I normally not even unpack but deposit in the paper recycling bin unopened. But as a scavenger I opened it up today and was very impressed by the quality of the paper and the beautiful pictures. What a lot of expense to advertise capsules that I would buy anyway. Coffee is my great weakness, I have to have the proper stuff and possess an espresso as well as a Senseo coffee machine. And if all that coffee is bad for me, I really don't mind giving up a few years of my lifespan for the pleasure.

The personage featured is Emperor Wilhelm II from Germany and I gave him a monocle as well as a postage stamp issued during a time of heavy inflation in pre-war Germany. Imagine, a stamp worth 1 million! The text also comes from an old calendar and reads:

With eye uprais'd, his master's looks to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man;
The rich man's guardian, and the poor man's friend,
The only being faithful to the end.

(George Crabb, from The Borough, 1810

1 comment:

Lenna Young Andrews said...

well, this is just awesome, Frieda!! I am certainly enjoying being in the viewing seat for whatever you will come up next with for this new sketchbook project . . . it is refreshing to watch you dive in to more paper collage work! You are un-stop-able!! : ^ ) xo lenna

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