The ephemera: natural history image of blackbird, old sheet music, christmas postmark
NB :In researching “Calling Birds” I discovered that in the older versions of the song The twelve days of Christmas , it is four Colly Birds referring to blackbirds but it has been changed in the modern version of the song to four Calling Birds.
As the map of her mind began to form she was encouraged by first her family and then her teachers to think deeply and make connections. Her mind map then formed many paths, intricate and interwoven leading to a future full of possibility.
The ephemera: vintage photo, old map of Marseille.
Zoé Portejoie….tu nous apportes de la joie,,,mais ce n’est pas du tout à cause de ta beauté éblouissante…mais non, c’est surtout à cause de ton esprit généreux, de ton coeur tendre et de tes pensées réfléchies.
Old family photos and keepsakes languishing in the bottom drawer, treasured yet rarely viewed. With a little imagination and some help from Photoshop, you can easily create something worth hanging on your wall that has meaning for you.
My mother and her pal at 8 years old in 1933. In the back ground I layered a picture of my great grandmother’s house from the turn of the century with two pages from my mother’s autograph book from 1937. One page from her own mother and one from her pal Mae. I decided to chop the photo to allow the word mother to peek through. There are in fact the three generations of mothers represented here. I scanned all the documents so I did not actually chop the photo and still have all the original family documents.
My grandmother’s message to my mother
You will pass through this world but once. Therefore any good that you can do or any kindness that you can show to any person, do it now. Do not defer it nor neglect it. For you will not pass this way again.
My mother at aged 21. My father was courting her. He loved this picture and kept it on his night stand all through their married years. In the background I layered a letter he wrote her during their courtship with a picture of my father and his cousin building the house that was to become our family home. This piece represents both my parents and our family home. I use Photoshop Elements to layer pictures and text. I like that I can choose the opacity and light in the layering.