Today I had a late start but now I am working, working, working frantically before I have to dash into the rain and pick up the boys at the bus stop.
Just finished this image which was an important one for the Bride and Mother of the Bride at the last wedding I did which was full of lovely Scottish traditions.
My first solo exhibition in University during my art school days was called Wedding Bells...it was an installation piece inspired by a musty little book I found in a thrift shop that captivated me. I sewed a rice paper replica of the dress I would wear for my upcoming wedding then tediously glued on little pearls like the actual dress and suspended it. The whole ghostly piece was covered in soft graphite writing of wedding quotes and wisdom I found as I contemplated this big leap I was making so young. Around the walls of the gallery, on the walls I wrote this poem with China Marker...little shelves were hung with the things I would use for my day to fill these bride requirements. (I still have that paper dress, crumpled in a big ball and wrapped in plastic and tucked in my momentos box...one day I will pull it out.)
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
As for the sixpence part, this is why...
And a Silver Sixpence in your Shoe. [for luck]
Historically (i.e., dating back to the reign of Elizabeth the First in the 16th century), the Lord of the Manor where the bride lived would give a sixpence as a wedding gift. Later, the custom evolved to that of the parents of the bride presenting a sixpence as a dowry gift. Since Victorian times, however, it has become more of a good luck charm to bring wealth and happiness to the marriage. -wiki.answers.com
By the way, the sixpence is traditionally placed in the bride's left shoe. I am not sure if I did this or not, I have forgotten!
Anyways for Jen I wanted her sixpence image to be something she could print on a canvas and hang like a piece of art to signify that special detail on her big day. Hoping this brings her bliss.
p.s. I apologize yet again for not having a brilliant eco-Friday post to share, the first week back to school has been full and since my little fender bender my head does not have it's normal stamina for research and writing. I will make it up to you one day!