Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Homage to Fornasetti: a spread in my Hands AB

This is the post I had planned for yesterday, then I got all caught up posting those fun giveaways. I hope everyone had a fun time with it, and thought it was a nice change of pace.

One of my favorite artists is Piero Fornasetti, the Italian painter and interior decorator. He is probably best known to altered artists for his engravings, specifically the woman who it seems every rubber stamp company copies. Fornasetti created more than 500 variations on the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, whose picture he found in a 19th century magazine. You can see his son's web site and read about Fornasetti here.

I used my large face stamp as a background, but I never quite got a good image. It's hard to tell there are 8 faces on the pages, especially since the book doesn't fit on the scanner. After I stamped the images on the wonderful paper that was light as air, I adhered it to the book. I added a Fornasetti image to the left side, then a thumbs up, thumbs down image that I stamped one of Lina's eyes in white on the right. It was the closest image I had that could compliment the real Fornasetti. I call this two page spread Homage to Fornasetti.

7 thoughtful remarks:

Mar said...

cool composition

Donna: said...

All of the hand spreads you have done this one is really an inspiration. I will have to find your fellow Fornasetti in English someplace. - D

Seth said...

I like this one. And the background faces are a great addition!

Cindy McMath said...

Love this Elizabeth! I must say that the central image on the left with part of her face obscured really does it for me - as you know I often have part of my ladies' faces covered with a butterfly or something (I'm sure Freud would have something to say about it, but I just like it, and think it adds some mystery, and I think the hands do the same in this case).

My hands are clapping!

Cindy :)

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Such an interesting post, thanks for the Fornasetti link, very nice!
Your pages turned out beautifully, always fun reading about your process too!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

This is brilliant Elizabeth!! When I enlarged your photograph I could really enjoy all the elements of this piece. You did an awesome job on this!!
Hugs, Carol Anne

La Dolce Vita said...

nice work and thanks for the link. love Fornasetti!