Monday, 28 September 2015

My 1920's Book- WIP

Well, here it is, as far as I've got.  As I said, this was a challenge. The 20's would not be my personal decade of choice for a subject, so I found it hard to get my head into  the right place.

My cover was originally, going to be some sort of geometric flowery thing, then Frances mentioned the silk I'd dyed for my cover looked like stockings! Light bulb moment and complete re-think! I did a sort of reverse applique with some tea dyed sheeting and ......

.....What's this you say, lace, and beads, and girly type things? What has happened to Jules, and her traditional austerity!?  Luckily, having decided to be completely 'not me', there are lots of wonderful laces and beads to be had  at Frances' workshops!

As luck would have it I had some thread which was also the colour of stockings! I embellished the laces with Chinese Knots,  added buttons - (which are old, probably 1920/30s) made a teeny 'pearl necklace' and  used rose petals  hoarded from some dried buds. I bonded the silk  cover to pelmet vilene for support.

Frances gave me some vintage blue lace and  1920's little matte sequins, so I could make the garter.

Now the inside is another story! I'd already made my pages in paper,  convinced I'd want lots of straight lines. You guessed it, as soon as I saw everyone else's books and ideas,  I wanted  to do fabric, but  alas, it was too late, so  I pressed on.

Here are the pages  I've started so far, they aren't complete,  I want to add more stitching and fabrics.
The inside cover is lined with tea dyed sheeting, and the pages are painted wallpaper lining paper.

I did do a lot of reading up  beforehand, and found out some interesting things which I didn't know. My idea was to create a sort of scrap/sketch  book progressing  through the decade, showing how embellishment changed through cultural influences.

 So, in  the very early 20's, organic design and Art Noveau was still very much in vogue, and the Great War was still  uppermost in minds.

Beading  was everywhere, be it clothes, accessories or household items. It became really popular, with lots of magazines devoted to it.

 I made the tiny bag previously, but it didn't 'fit' my book- so I've hidden it in the envelope!

When Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, 'Egyptmania or Tutmania' took hold  of the West and had a major influence on styles through most of the decade. The picture on the left is my interpretation of a Palmolive advert,  headlined 'The Re-incarnation of Beauty'!

 The infamous bob was also a result of the passion for all things Egyptian!

 It wasn't until 1925  that the Paris Exhibition heralded the onset of Art Deco and the Age of Chic.

I had to include the Year of the Flapper - as those radical styles influenced the embellishment of the popular - especially the passion for pearls.  The inventions of new plastics and fake pearls meant now that jewellery could be worn and afforded by many women,  not just the rich.

This is an interpretation of a Vogue cover,  it just says 20's to me so I put it in!

That's it so far. I suspect this one will get put away for a bit, but it has been an interesting challenge. I learnt quite a bit about myself and what I want to do through the process of creating it, plus of course having a wonderful time!x


margaret said...

this is a great challenge you are taking on and it is looking very good, loving the garter!

Tammie Lee said...

oh my, there is so much detail
imagination, fun beauty in this book! It must have taken a very long time! It really is a gem of a piece!

crazyQstitcher said...

What a really joyful book. You've covered the decade so well. I love everything you did.

Andy Lloyd Williams said...

Fabulous Jules. The1920s is my favourite period fashionwise so it is lovely to see your imaginative pages/illustrations. Many hours of work. Thank you for showing it to us.

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Wow! I wouldn't have known what to do with this challenge, but as always, you blew it out of the park with your amazing talent. I love it all!

Rachel said...

It's a great success - well done indeed. There's a great deal more scope in the Twenties than you feared, isn't there!

Anonymous said...

Love your water colour ladies and really admire your stickability. I'm rubbish at getting on with things which aren't in my sphere of interest!

Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers said...

Your drawings are gorgeous! I love lots of little details, like the pearls along the edge of the page and the inclusion of the crochet on the page where you mention the organic nature of Art Nouveau - and it really does fit there. Since this is so different from what you normally do, I guess it will take a while for the subconscious to get moving on the ideas, and as you pick it up and add to it gradually it will be lovely to see how it develops.

Valerie Gardiner said...

I love this book, you must have had a lot of fun making and filling it, the cut out pages add a new dimension too!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Jules this is an amazing book. I love it. It is truly a work of art