This story is about truth, beauty, freedom, but above all things, this story is about love. Moulin Rouge
For this project I returned to one of my absolute favourite themes, Paris, especially Vintage Paris. This altered matchbox is being entered into the following challenges:-
More Paper Than Shoes – Vintage Paris
Supplies: fabric, a piece of metal and acrylic paint
Items I used for those requirements
Supplies: fabric – organza and lace. a piece of metal – metal flower and fan acrylic paints – cream, blush pink and copper used to paint the matchbox and to paint lace
Surface – large matchbox
Technique Crackle – Distress Crackle paints in Vintage Photo and Tarnished Brass and Crackle Glaze applied to decorative paper element in matchbox drawer.
Vintage Udfordring 5
An Altered Item – large matchbox
The Shabby TeaRoom
A Little Bit of Metal – metal flower and fan
The French Cupboard
Creatalicious – Vintage
There are no instructions for this matchbox apart from pointing out that the Eiffel Tower is made from beeswax (Art Mould) then painted with copper acrylic. Painted lace panel to form a canopy in the drawer. Silicone glue was used to enable me to build up layers inside the drawer. The gold organza I cut into a long strip which I then tied around the matchbox cover before tying into a large bow.
This Is A Story About Love but the twist to the story, this is not a romance involving a man, the love element is Paris herself. The front of the matchbox cover shows the woman in her latter years as she reminices on certain stages of her life.
A woman whose life was dominated by Paris and the Moulin Rouge, a place she called home and where she wooed the audience, also a place that would consume her life. The drawer of the matchbox depicts this stage of her life
The back of the cover
depicts her as a young woman, from a privileged background and what appears to be an air of innocence but she is also at a point in life whereby certain decisions can alter a life’s path. She is already planning her life in Paris and not the life expected of her by her family.
This matchbox can also be viewed in reverse but I like the idea of the woman looking back at her life. Whether she is fondly reminiscing or looks back on her life with regret – that is for you to decide.