Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A ribbon wrapped around a bomb

I've been thinking a lot about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lately. It began when a friend suggested I watch the movie Frida with Salma Hayek. That led to my getting a book of Kahlo's artwork out of the library. And since I've been spending a lot of time on Polyvore lately, it only seemed natural that I create a set (collage) on Polyvore inspired by Frida. I call it A Ribbon Wrapped Around a Bomb. (Blog post continues after the collage; please scroll down.)

A ribbon wrapped around a bomb

"The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb." Andre Breton

If you're not familiar with Kahlo's life, let's just say it was quite tempestuous. She experienced a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. She said about her art, "My painting carries with it the message of pain."

Frida Kahlo is known for her self-portraits. "I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best," Kahlo explained.

You may want to explore your own library or look online to learn more about this fascinating woman whose strength is apparent in both her work and in the accounts of her life.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Postcard Fantasy

First there was Pinterest. Now there is Polyvore. Have you discovered it yet? It's a site where you can make electronic collages, and I've been having a blast with it! Expect to see lots more collages on my blog. But quickly now -- go check it out for yourself! You may just find it addictive!Postcard Fantasy

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year circa 1910

This is a sweet vintage postcard from more than a century ago. It is much cuter than my photos suggest, but hopefully, you can get the idea.

The postcard is addressed to Miss Nellie Knickerbocker, Lenoxville, Pa. And the postmark bears the date of January 4, 1910.

The message on the back intrigues me. Here's what it says:

Nellie, will you please be so kind and send that telescope (satchel) on the next stage and we will pay the charges.

Attend to it at once as we would like to use. Send it to Papa - to Clifford.

Lovingly, Kate.

So who are Kate and Nellie? Sisters, perhaps? And why is it postmarked Lenoxville if it was being mailed to Lenoxville? (If they lived in the same town, presumably nothing would need to be sent by stage.)

I guess we will never know...