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Victorian times and now

After a research intensive weekend, I came to my studio today with lots to do. I was looking into Victoriana, art/craft movements in England and America, patterns of domesticity from the Victorian times and now, generations, family, memory, sentimentality, and I can keep on going. The idea with all this research is that something that I read about will gel with my process, work, etc... I'm trying to work outside of painting right now and see what happens.

Using photographs that I took of things I found in my parents house, mostly to do with my mother (family pics, my grandmother's tea set, my mother's sewing kit), I traced authentic Victorian wallpaper patterns that I found in this amazing online archive. I then cut the patterns out with my handy little xacto blade. These are 11" x 17". I am hoping to go really big with these, but not before I learn how to use the Rapid Prototyping machine at school.

These are broken teacups with text transferred from a Victorian newspaper on how to be a lady.


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I like this. It speaks to themes of fragmentation and vulnerability....

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah Chasen

I like the teacups idea. -Jamie

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie & Kamil

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