Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Survival Of the Pointyest



SURVIVAL OF THE POINTYEST
12ins x 12ins digital collage
click here for larger version

The Postal Strike is over and so yesterday we received a bumper crop of mail through our letterbox, including a plump package from Barbara Morrison who lives in Holland. Barbara and I have been participating in my friend LaWendula's Monthly Paper Swap, over at her blog: Woven Letters. However much I love internet communication, nothing quite compares with the rosy glow inside that a package in the post imparts (so long, of course, that it isn't from the Inland Revenue or my accountant) and I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened my present from Holland. Barbara's creative work is quirky and eclectic and her choices reflect that spirit, including, amongst other items: a (specimen) 20 Euro note (bah!); a Dutch beer mat, a strip of rub-on vintage newspaper transfers, lots of pretty papers old and new and some fun, kitch newspaper cuttings. Barbara and I have agreed that rather than post a photo of the raw materials, we'll blog the things that we create with our papers. Above is a collage created with the first thing to capture my imagination. Barbara may have thought that I'd be inspired by the photograph of the Alhambra Palace, but as I'm still in an "if it doesn't move, stick a pointy hat on it" mood, I was moved to create something with the image on the other side, depicting Man's descent from the Apes. No disrespect to any of my gentlemen readers, but as a female of the species, I feel a frisson of annoyance that it's always a man that we see on these charts. Maybe I'm being a little unkind here and the choice was made simply because it's easier to hide the male "Naughty Bits" behind a carefully posed leg. Whatever the case, these chaps need taking down a peg or two, so pointy hats they shall have!
Thanks for the inspiration, Barbara and thanks LaWendula for a great idea.

Woven Letters
Barbara's blog
Stop press!!! Since first posting this collage, I have discovered the the artist who created the newspaper-cutting Evolution illustration was a gentleman named David Gifford and he has also done a female version. David, thank you, and I take it all back! Please can I play with that one too? David's clever work can be see HERE

12 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

oh...my dear Lumi!! you have the old girl in stitches laughing! thank you so much for this lovely piece. I quite agree that they deserve pointy hats!
what a nice thing to create with the pieces rather than show the gift. I think I shall adopt that!
I really needed a laugh today! thanks so much my dear! xo

Taluula said...

Wonderful job Lumi, very creative.

Bea said...

LOLOL That made me laugh and yes I used to wonder why it was always a man until I realized that women came already with pointy hats and wings. We didn't need to jump up on land from the water, climb down from the trees, etc. We were perfect when we were created. The mistakes were made on the other one. :)Bea

Seth said...

As a representative of the male species I have to say that I am not the least bit offended. In fact, I think this is brilliant!!

lynne h said...

lol, lumi! between bea's comment and your art, i am laughing!! this piece is absolutely delightful!! you always hit everything so right on the head!

thinking about you and your mom...

xo

Barbara said...

This is so funny. I nearly collapsed. What an imagination.

Kim said...

Ahh yes, clearly the man with the pointiest appendage is the most evolved, ROFL! Love this Lumi, what a hoot!

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Well, I commented this on your flickr before reading this and I had a totally different perspective on this piece. Here's what I wrote there . . . "Oh, you know why I don't just love this. I adore it with great passion! This piece illustrates the Tumble Fish philosophy of the evolution of how man (and woman and child) SHOULD be - wings, hat, and carrying a fish. Is this for sale? I think I need this. Like I really, really, need this. This is the perfect illustration of what is in my head. My all time most favorite piece ever! Wow, wow, wow." So you see, I took this as a great optimistic outlook to how man should evolve into wearing pointy hats and wings and fish as these are my favorite things. I think, the world would be much more enjoyable if we adorned ourselves in this way and upon our collective understanding of this theory and practice, we would achieve great enlightenment and solve all of the world's problems. Wouldn't everything be much more fun if we all had these things? Can you picture people in the market or government officials in their offices gesturing with their floppy fishes, etc. Hmmm.

Alberta said...

Girl, you are absolutely not right in the head! But you ARE amazing and talented and soooo funny. You're the best, Lumi!

Gaby Bee said...

Your work is just so inspirational. Love this creation. Great job!

vintage moon studio said...

Fabulous collage and oh-so-appropriate -lol! Thanks for the laugh... Deb

deb said...

love it, am laughing uproariously! You rock!!Long live the pointy hat...