Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CAKE



Tag Tuesday's theme is CAKE ...  When Valerie, the Tag Tuesday coordinator asked me to choose a theme, I am not really sure what I was thinking... it must have been morning tea time... so I said "cake" . Then of course, when the topic appears to be easy it is difficult to feel inspired, but I was the tag designer  of the week, I really had to come up with something ... 
Tag 1 is a play on the words "The icing on the cake" . I have had some cupcake scrapbook paper which I have had for years, so felt I had to use it for this theme regardless. It made a good background for my black pen drawing of a cake and a skater tentatively balanced on top of the icing... I drew the cake and the skater separately on sketch book paper and then cut them out and glued them to the background. Really a very simple tag created from paper with a felt tipped pen. 
My second tag refers to Marie Antoinette of whom I was reminded as Bastille Day is only a couple of days away. The saying "Let them Eat Cake" is often attributed to her. Historians have now determined that she could not have said that ... "Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quote would reflect the princess's disregard for the peasants, or her poor understanding of their situation.
While it is commonly attributed to Queen Marie Antoinette, there is no record of this phrase ever having been said by her. It appears in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, his autobiography (whose first six books were written in 1765, when Marie Antoinette was nine years of age, and published in 1782). The context of Rousseau's account was his desire to have some bread to accompany some wine he had stolen; however, feeling he was too elegantly dressed to go into an ordinary bakery, he recollected the words of a "great princess" ( from Wikipedia)  
I would like to think in her position, she might have said "I'll eat my cake!" I have depicted Marie Antoinette, as a fiery redhead (a pen and watercolour drawing), determined to have her cake and eat it!
. The third is the simplest of all this series of Cake tags.  I covered a cardboard  window template with a page from a recipe book to reveal a woman obviously beating up the mixture almost ready to put in the oven. The image is from a magazine, so this tag is literally a 5 minute wonder!  
Hope you will also visit Tag Tuesday to access the links to the many tag artists who will also be interpreting CAKE over the next fortnight. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wednesday's Children and Others.


STITCHED UP is now in its third week of exhibition and breaking all records of visitors - such an overwhelming response - so it is inevitable that a few people have had their photos taken with Wednesday's children,  the stick doll installation.... First of all, Ben, a member of the amazing installation team at The Lock-Up. Thanks for taking such care installing 'the girls' - the digital laser level worked wonders and did I hear you talking to a few them? 
Ben from the  installation team The Lock-Up 

Wednesday's children up on the wall. 

Then, of course , my own family - not all positive critiques, but you can't win them all! 






 Many of my friends have been really supportive.... they have even visited a few times. Here are some of my Rotary friends on the opening night.

Members of the Rotary Club of Wallsend-Maryland - Clarice, Cia, Sandy, Wilma, Christine 
 Unexpected visitors even dropped by last weekend - the Treasure Hunter team from ABC 1233 Radio. On Saturday mornings, teams in the studio and on the road, solve cryptic clues to find special red envelopes hidden at various locations in and around Newcastle... Guess where one of the red envelopes was?
Anne Kempton, Co-Curator, Stitched Up, ABC Treasure Hunters, Jessi England,  Director, The Lock Up

Wednesday's children provide a good backdrop for photos and many visitors have taken the opportunity to have their photos taken in from of them. The installation may be broken up after this exhibition, so don't miss out on your  photo opportunity.... the exhibition is open until 6 August. 2017.