Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kim's final contribution to Alicia's book-The museum of forgotten things.

It's finally finished! I've been flat out in the studio for some time now finalising the piece for Alicia's book, "The Museum of Forgotten Things". Well fear not it hasn't been forgotten, just required such a vast amount of time to finish it! In accordance with the agreement to keep much of the last of these pieces to ourselves for the present (as they will form part of an online exhibition in the near future, more on that later), I have only posted a few images for your viewing pleasure.

What I can tell you about however is the story.

Alicia's book came with a tale to start us all off and each of the participants in the collaboration has built on it.

From Alicia we have the story of Hester. Hester has recently passed away at the tender age of 97. In the notice of her death recorded in the local paper, attention is drawn to the fact that Hester's husband Richard died in somewhat tragic circumstances years before in a fire that broke out in the barn on their property. Amongst Hesters belongings are diary pages where she confesses to causing the fire that killed Richard. It is also noted that Hester's remaining relatives are a sister and niece by the name of Anna Trumble.

On to Deb's contribution to the piece and we find out Hester has had a lover! You old dog Hester! LOL! Deb does a fabulous job of adding to the piece with lots of fun interactive bits and pieces that you can pull out and touch, making support pieces for the story for the museum.

Now to Lisa Sarsfield's contribution and we find out about a child, or two. It seems that Hester finds out she is pregnant after the death of Richard and has a child, a little boy, Thomas who perishes in infancy. Not long after this Hester engages in the affair which Alicia alluded to in her original story with a young man named Hans. The affair peters out but leaves Hester with a child, a daughter named Charlotte, who she gives up. Hester is filled with regrets but believes the child would have a better life, and so we move on to Lisa Jurist's piece.

Lisa's gorgeous work focus's on Hester and Richard's relationship. The love the two obviously shared so deeply at one time and the sins of Hester in committing Richards murder. You see Richard was having an affair and Hester caught him, hence the scene in the barn and the fire that results from Hester throwing her lantern in anger at Richard. It's a brilliant piece Lisa, one of the best I've seen. No-one does mixed media collage quite like this lady!

And so it comes to me. Where do I take this story and how to wrap it all up?

Enter the book of secrets.

A sneaky peek from inside.

Mixed media fun with copper wire, beads, fabric and resin papers.

secret pockets, fabric leaves, and a few images on transparency as well.

I'm going to leave you all hanging. (I'm so mean!)

If you want the goss and a few more images from the piece you will have to jump over to my blog to catch up.

I can't wait to show you all the whole kit and kaboodle, as we say here,
but it will have to wait for the big reveal coming soon to an internet connection near you Ha!

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