Monday, 27 January 2014
Quotes and Lyrics - Dazzle
Silence and Dazzle are the 2 words for this fortnight's challenge on the Craft Barn blog. As I had opted for an easy option last time I decided to stretch myself a bit and go for the slightly more complicated word - dazzle. I found a few quotes that I could work with but this one by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps clicked with me. This is the quote in the context in which it appears:
'The Girl of the Period, sauntering before one down Broadway, is one panorama of awful surprises from top to toe. Her clothes characterize her. She never characterizes her clothes. She is upholstered, not ornamented. She is bundled, not draped. She is puckered, not folded. She struts, she does not sweep. She has not one of the attributes of nature nor of proper art. She neither soothes the eye like a flower, nor pleases it like a picture. She wearies it like a kaleidoscope. She is a meaningless dazzle of broken effects.'
Pretty powerful stuff! The quote is from a book called 'What to Wear' written in 1873 and it is amazing how relevant it is today. 'The Girl of the Period' can only be Cara Delevingne, the current model du jour who is gorgeous but this is not her best look! The image is the one that appeared in many papers and magazines last week when she ended the Chanel fashion show as 'The Bride'.
The page is quite shimmery IRL as I brushed Perfect Pearls over the crackle effect stamp and the stencilled circles. The flowers in the corners are stencilled with Ferro paste - I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. I took Cara's blue sparkly eye make-up as a starting point for the background colours and highlighted it with rock candy Stickles.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's entries this week.