The Craft Project

Re-creating Vanity Fair

Stampington has a challenge out to create a piece inspired by classic literature.  After giving it some thought I decided to try and create a piece honouring Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray which I’m reading at the moment.  It proved an interesting challenge as Vanity Fair is truly a novel without a hero – very few of the characters have any redeemable characteristics at all…in fact the only two who do are Amelia who is really the most useless girl ever personified in fiction (but she’s nice) and Captain Dobbin who gets stomped on much more than he deserves.

In the end I centered the piece around Becky Sharp – however evil she is, she is the most important character in the book.  I tried to express some of the books events and their influence upon her or her influence upon them with the rest of the piece.  The silhouette in the foreground (my favourite part of the piece) is cut from a copy of the page of the book.  Her dress is made of satin, lace and ribbon.  Her hair is made of embroidery floss (and a lot of modge podge).  The women in the background are drawn in ink, while the paint portions of the piece are done in acrylic.

Regardless if it is chosen by Stampington or not (Tyler doesn’t understand why anyone would want to create a piece about the Victorian era and has loudly expressed that opinion throughout the entire process of creating this piece) it was an interesting challenge to attempt.  Now I just have to wait until the courier place opens tomorrow to send it off.

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