Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Armchair Traveler

Since making the Journey: Destination book at Artfest, I've been thinking about making some insertions and tags, that could be attached to the front of a book or top of a box.

This one was made with that idea, but it could also be used as part of a keychain or necklace design, I guess. Or even a connector piece.

I wanted it to look like an antique souvenir of Paris, maybe a bit worn and scratched, like enamel that's been rubbed in heavy use, on a piece that has been used a lot.

The back is solid black, I guess it could also be a handbag charm. Or used on carryon luggage.

It reminds me of an old enameled copper plate, found in a deep bin of a flea market, well worn but still visible, with the Eiffel Tower's image on it. Maybe it used to be on the corner of a leather steamer trunk that traveled across the ocean to the World's Fair.

Bon Voyage - even to the armchair tourists who only travel on the Travel Channel. You can travel over to Etsy to see it in more detail ...


SueBeads said...

I love it, Lynn! I love how the image looks ancient and worn.

sharon said...

It is charming Lynn, that painterly quality again , but you have given it character!

SummersStudio said...

I love that "ghost" image of the eiffel tower. It is like memory. You can see it in your mind but the edges and details have blurred.

LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

When I was a child, I lived near Paris and started school there, so I'm very attracted to these type of images, they feel familar to me.

I had a big black leather steamer trunk with a brass emblem on one corner, etched with the manufacturer of the trunk, that's what I was thinking of when I made this little rectangular tag.

In my mind's eye I can see what it looked like when it was fresh and new, and then the sea journeys and railway trips that caused it to have the scratches and wear ... I'm such a romantic sometimes!

Judy said...

It's just great with the perfect antiqued look.