Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Wreck of the Hesperus





The Take A Word prompt this week was MEN. I love doing these challenges because it really gets my mind going in ways I may not have expected.  It somehow brought me to one of my favorite poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which then lead me to my favorite poem, The Wreck of the Hesperus. I started out attemping to make a fabric book cover but ended up making a fabric book that contains my beloved poem instead. Now I can easily open up my book and read it often.
The image of Longfellow was taken from online and printed on Lutradur Mixed Media Sheets. I bought these a while back but wasn't exactly sure for what use. They worked perfect for the photo and printing the poem. I used Peltex to stiffen the pages, and just played around with how to bind my little book.
I am really happy with the way it turned out and my favorite nautical button found a good home.

30 comments:

Healing Woman said...

Your book is absolutely wonderful. I love the stars, the old man digital and the chunkiness of it. What a great job you did with "Men."

Judy said...

Wow, Katie, what a stunning interpretation for the challenge, such beautiful work!

Grannie Annie said...

This is just too wonderful Katie...The Wreck of the Hesperus is one of my favorite poems also and you have made a book to cherish forever it is just fabulous and so beautiful...I LOVE IT!!!

Lori Saul said...

Wow-what an amazing fabric book- so beautifully detailed Katie- a gorgeous bedside piece or anywhere special. Your art depicts the tale so expressively- a tribute to the poet!

Yvonne said...

WOW, Katie, this is FANTASTIC!

Ozstuff said...

Katie, I am bowled over to know that you have used my modest little challenge as an inspiration to do something so great! What a fantastic idea to create such a treasure - a fabric book that houses your favourite poet and poem with the added advantage of being so tactile and delicious that an extra dimension is added to your enjoyment when you open it. I can't think of anything better to do with one's art. Superb in every way. Fantastic!!

Junibears said...

Brilliant! What a gorgeous take on the word Men! I love your work and you have outdone yourself this week.

We have the saying in our family, if you are looking a bit windswept or unkempt, you can be sure someone will say...'Blimey! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus!'

johanna said...

this is such a great, great piece!! i love touching fabrics, and the elements of this book are just gorgeous!

artymess said...

Katie this is a lovely piece and what a great way to have your favourite poem to hand..........thanks for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments too...x

bad penny said...

WOW ! Katie this is amazing. I love the idea of this challenge - must try !

Femmy said...

great take on the theme!!

Jackie said...

Wow, katie! Your book looks amazing - incredible work! What a creative idea.

jackie said...

Thanks for visting my blog. I am particularly impressed by the huge quilt, what a lot of work.

Willy said...

What a gorgeous creation, Katie.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wonderful fabric work, it looks great.

Pipiluciana said...

Wow! I love it!! So creative what you did, I love how you tied in the stars and moon fabric and the sand dollar, it fit perfectly with the poem. I love the book creation idea. I think you need to make many more of these for different themes!
Great work!!!! You rock!!

indybev said...

Oh, my dear Katie, what a lovely thing you have created. I picture a guest in your home finding it on a bedside stand. What a treasure! Every single detail is absolutely perfect. Standing ovation from my part of the world!

Sue said...

This is amazing Katie, a work of art but with a practical use too - just fabulous x

stampdiva said...

Amazing fabric art. Little wonder you are pleased with the outcome, it is incredible. Lynne M

Fabric Art said...

Katie your fabric book is gorgeous, love the idea with a fabric book with poem in, thanks for visit and nice comment on my blog.
Anni

Lizbethem said...

This is totally wonderful!

dutchstamptramp said...

How gorgeous and special

Christine said...

I loved your idea, much more personal than a book cover and so special as it hold your favourite poem...

William said...

Holy cow. That is just awesome!

Michele said...

katie this is gorgeous! i love the way you wove together the literary and the visual. the fabric is really rich, great use of the image & the theme. thanks for visiting my blog! stay safe in the weather. xo

joanna said...

Hi Katie! thank you for visiting my blog. what a beautiful piece you've created!I also love your altered doll!!

Luisa Migon said...

A great art work!

d said...

Hi, Katie! I loved this book! So criative and beautiful! You really have a gift for this things... Congratulations!
Dora

Eila A said...

Katie, all your creations are most wonderful - so imaginative, so original, great things to see! Thank you so much for your kind comments on my Journal of a Dyer blog! I'm sorry I haven't posted anything there for a long while, but after New Year I'll start posting again. And you are most welcome in Finland - we have the Medieval Fair next August again!

GERI CENTONZE said...

What a wonderful piece - I love it!!!