Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday's Fit



No I haven't been lying around idle. Betwee my birding, gardening and working I have been inspired by this book.  I found it at the library and it has awakened a muse that I had gently stirred this winter.
This winter I had bought some frames that are like shadow boxes because I have wanted to do something like this. My father died so many years ago when I was very young he was too. He died at 49. I have very little to show of his short tenure in my life. I do have some fond memories and this collage is what I came up with. I a very pleased with the outcome. It is one of those things that means a lot to me but will probably be a puzzlement to others.
It took quite some time for me to dig up the little bits of ephemera to add to this. While doing so I was inspired to do another with his parents (my Grandparent) in mind. I never met his Father and only remember his Mother at one meeting.  Never the less my Aunt kept the communications open with me for years. I will always thank her for that. She gave me a silver spoon that she said was given to my Grandparents when they got married. She told me it was tradition to do so. This isn't the actual spoon but when I find it, it is in this house someplace, I will replace the stand-in. This is the only photo I have of them. They appear to be standing on the steps of a large building. I wish I knew the story.
So as you can see. I have been tripping down memory lane lately.  I hope you have been having a  pleasant trip someplace lately too.

16 comments:

studio lolo said...

These are wonderful...so packed with love.

I did take a trip today! I'm 120 miles away taking care of a blog buddie's dog :)

The hardest part about it is how much I miss my own!

Have a super weekend.

Teri C said...

Oh Lisa, these are both so wonderful and beautiful and heartfelt! So wonderful.

Laure Ferlita said...

Lisa, these are gorgeous! You have a dormant talent for this! So much work goes into something like that, but love makes it all the more fun.

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story too!

sukipoet said...

I own that book and find it most inspiring. Beautiful, painful in some ways, collages. So good to tell your story this way!

Lynn said...

I adore this kind of memorbilia. I have things of my late father too and will one day (hope not too distant) will put them in such a collage and box. I LOVE the photo of you and your dad fishing. So sweet.
The spoon tradition is wonderful too.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

These are fabulous. I should do something like this with some of my memories. Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Oh, these are just so touching and beautiful, Lisa! You did a great job in arranging the elements...and they are priceless items! I really should do something like this for myself and my siblings in regard to my father who passed away in 1998. My Mom and I could work on them together...thanks for this grand idea!!!

Mim said...

These are beautiful and so creative

steviewren said...

I really like both of the collages. The fact that they are of your relatives makes them priceless.

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful loving pieces Lisa...What treasures you have made for both mind and soul...:)

soulbrush said...

i did a course on line about this, very moving stuff. great thing to do now and then.

ArtPropelled said...

Looking at these collages I can feel how meaningful they are to you and that makes them almost sacred.

SandyCarlson said...

Your collages are sensitive, beautiful, intriguing. Wow!

PAK ART said...

I have a hard time doing collage but I love looking at other's. I'm going to check out that book, maybe it will help me to move out of my comfort zone a bit. Thanks for sharing!

christine said...

I am just marveling at these. They are beautiful and what a wonderful way to put memories into a piece of art.

Katiejane said...

This is so nice, Lisa. Such a wonderful way to memorialize your dad and his parents. How thoughtful.