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« on: January 16, 2008 06:28:10 PM »

Here's my entry for the papercrafts challenge. It's a mini shrine/concertina book made with two mini canvases and hand printed paper.

This is a shrine to my love of music and singing but also to my childhood. I miss the freedom and innocence and happiness of my childhood, I feel like I am losing that as I get older, even as I gain my awareness and compassion for the troubles facing the world. this is a requiem for my childhood, for my innocence and my ignorance.



The front view of the open shrine.



The back view of the open shrine.



The closed shrine.



The closed shrine.



The front niche



The back niche and velum window



The velum window (from the back)

The sheet music I chose for is sections from Gabrielle Faure's Requiem. I instantly knew I had to use the score for this challenge because it means so much for me. I was lucky enough to get to sing it as part of a combined school choir and just fell in love with it. Not only is it beautiful and lovely to sing and has all the attatched memories of my time in the choir but it is just such a meaningful, positive requiem. The score was scanned and then printed onto tissue paper, velum and the hand painted paper and then decopaged onto the painted canvases and concertina insert. I found that the mini canvases had these lovely niches in the back of them so I untilised them in the design of the shrine. The images of the girl on the piano and the angel of music were copyright free images found online. For the nices they were mounted on panted chipboard.

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 11:56:48 PM »

That is so beautiful and meaningful...I absolutely love it. I'm interested in your creative process with this... Did you have this project in mind before you heard about the craft challenge? Or was the challenge what started the wheels turning in your head to put the different elements and story together? (If you made it before you heard about the craft challenge you don't have to admit it!  Wink) Which came first, the desire to make a shrine specifically or the desire to create something dealing with music and your childhood?

I don't have personal associations with sheet music in my history, so there's no heart in my entry; it's just something I made for fun, and seeing your entry reminds me of how much more rewarding it is (to me) to create with purpose and meaning. It really does show when you're working with a medium that really speaks to you, like sheet music did for you. Great work.
And did I mention it was beautiful? Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2008 09:28:48 AM »

This is a beautiful shrine and a touching post.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2008 02:52:02 PM »

Very beautiful. I love the colours you've used!
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008 05:44:47 AM »

Beautiful! I love the colors, the images you chose, and the personal touch.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008 08:24:10 PM »

Lovely and so personal. The story with it makes it perfect.
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2008 07:28:21 AM »

This is really gorgeous! Great idea, great work. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2008 04:44:37 PM »

That is so beautiful and meaningful...I absolutely love it. I'm interested in your creative process with this... Did you have this project in mind before you heard about the craft challenge? Or was the challenge what started the wheels turning in your head to put the different elements and story together? (If you made it before you heard about the craft challenge you don't have to admit it!  Wink) Which came first, the desire to make a shrine specifically or the desire to create something dealing with music and your childhood?


This project really suck up on me. I heard about the challenge and wanted to make something for it and was really stuck on ideas until I was cleaning out my room and found the score, and then the canvases, and the ideas just grew from there, even the images were things I had saved to my computer before hearing about the challenge 'just in case' and they really proved useful. It wasn't until I was about halfway through the project that it hit as to just  what I was doing and why I was doing it.

Thankyou everyone for your kind words.

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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2008 05:09:54 PM »

Yes, I think the colors on this are just gorgeous. Very nice job!
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2008 05:39:41 PM »

I love your use of the canvases and your colors are beautiful.  Smiley
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