As the week of temporary childless-ness draws to a close, (the boy returns from France tomorrow with a large bag of muddy washing no doubt) I am having a look back at a piece of work I did a wee while ago. Did try to find pictures of my wedding stationary but without any luck. Couldn't find the samples I kept either which is no wonder when when you see the state of my craft room.
Anyhow, the piece I want to tell you about is called Purple Peek. It is purple and there are bits to peek at. I know, making up names for projects is a skill which I seem to have.
It is based on a rubber stamp I have of a nautilus or maybe a fossil, who knows. I also had a lot of badly printed images of shells and the like which came out purple due to a printer malfunction. Being the hoarder that I am I had kept these printed pages. There are never any mistakes in art, just pieces waiting for their moment to be born.
I wanted to keep the colours simple and so opted for black and white to go with the purple. The design was not deliberate more of a discovery because while I was punching some circles out of the purple paper I put the piece of paper with the hole back down on my desk and noticed that it had left what looked like a little port-hole showing the image underneath to peek through. That is how the whole idea developed. Some areas are actually holes showing the page underneath, and some are 'fake' holes.
I also wanted some movement to the piece so I made little cards to pull out from little pockets. More peeking. I bound the pages together and used some shrink plastic stamped images of the shell as decoration on the binding thread. Together with the beads they also form a neat end to the thread to stop it fraying.
And there it is - Purple Peek. Another blast from the past which kept me amused for a few hours making and has encouraged me to do something similar again.
See you soon, well, after doing all the dirty-boy laundry that is.