Thursday, 7 June 2007

Crusade No.9 ~ What's That Smell?

I recently discovered Michelle Ward's Green Pepper Press Street Team and was immediately hooked! Each month Michelle provides a creative challenge and artists respond to it. June's is about scent and the power it has to evoke time and place so, as this is something which has been rattling around in my brain for a while, I thought I'd join in.

Two things happened the day I started these journal pages. The first was that the song As Time Goes By began playing on some weird sort of interior loop in my head, so much so that it became the theme for what I was making. The second was that my 18 year old cat Schrodinger, who had been with me since she was just a few weeks old, died of heart failure, and these pages took on a whole new signifigance for me.

So the little envelope contains a tag with scented wax from the candles I am burning in my studio dripped onto it (thanks for that idea Michelle!) and stamped with the date. Tucked into the page pocket is a little print of a painting I did of Schrodi several years ago. I also got to play with my new toy: a set of letter punches which I used to stamp the metal shim with a line from the song.

Click on the image for a larger picture.

16 comments:

  1. Francesca - thanks for jumping in, glad to meet another crusader :) These pages are terrific, and so special...sorry about your kitty. Love how you tucked in your scent.

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  2. Love your art work!

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  3. I'm so sorry about Schrodi, I can imagine how you feel. Beautiful work and all the more special because she is featured in it.

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  4. sallyt-Imagine This2:01 am

    What a wonderful tribute to your beloved Schrodinger. I'm sad for you. Love the little wax scent hidden in the pocket. Like a little love hidden in your heart. I'm enjoying your blog.
    Sallyt

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  5. So sorry about Scchrodinger (cool name for a cat!) - our rabbit just died, its so awful to lose a pet.

    I really like your art journal page. Lovely that it features Schrodinger.

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  6. It is so sad when we have to say goodbye to one of our "furry kids". It is so beautiful that you could add a memory to your journal pages.

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  7. Lovely work, I especially like the punching on the shim. I'm so sorry to read about your kitty, but so happy for you that you had her for so many years.

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  8. Love your layout, it's absolutely gorgeous! I'm so sorry about your cat, it's so hard to lose a pet. What a wonderful of remembering your cat through art.

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  9. Wonderful tribute to your pet friend, really like this layout!

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  10. Thank you all for the condolences, it's much appreciated, and for taking the time to leave a comment :)

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  11. What a lovely pages you made to remember your Schrodinger.

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  12. Lovely pages, great work and thanks for sharing. ;)

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  13. steff4:05 am

    These are great! Is that photo from Metropolis? I had to watch it in class (2 hours of a silent film in clas?...whew!), and all I could think of is collaging the lead woman! Great pages-your art is beautiful!

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  14. Thanks Steff, I think the photo is just an old costume one of Pierrot and Pierrette, but you're so right about Metropolis - awesome collage material there!

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  15. I'm sorry about Schrodi. Your page is really wonderful and meaningful.

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  16. sorry for your loss...
    love the way you added scent to your pages

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