This weeks photography challenge is Fray, a word with several connotations and therefore very open to interpretation. I had to think about it for a day or two, and I guess that’s a good thing! I have chosen frayed textiles, because textiles are my ‘thing’ (or one of them…) and I also love the concept of Wabi Sabi, the beauty of imperfect, old, worn out things.
All of these things have been ‘rescued’ from the Op Shop/thrift store where I volunteer one day a week. All too gorgeous to discard, even though they are beyond use. The fabulous ’60’s fabric was a cushion cover, but look at that print! The colours! And the flamenco doll – she’s pretty armless, but what a face! I had to bring her home, and one day I’ll figure out what to do about her missing limbs. The piece of pale satin with the hooks and eyes is a very old pair of ladies knickers, made long before the days of elastane-powered stretchy underwear.
All of them are frayed, and all of them have a beauty and a value far beyond any newly minted item with the function they once fulfilled. Well, I think so, anyway!
This weeks photography challenge is “Juxtaposition” – “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast”, which is a fun topic, open to interpretation. I guess that’s why it’s such a favourite and much used word in “artist’s statements”…sounds good, could mean anything…
Such as, a piece of lace, and an on-going textile project juxtaposed over the glass panel of a door, and backlit by the setting sun.
Or perhaps one Johny-Jump-Up in a tiny jug of cornflowers.
Less cheery, this is a view of High Street Ararat (not her best angle, admittedly), with the juxtaposition of the fire cloud from a very large bushfire in the Grampians. I took it with my phone on my way to work 17/01/2014. Later that day, with wind changes, burnt leaves and bark, and ash, from the fire fell around our house, fortunately all cold. A lot of houses were burnt in the Wartook Valley, but Hall’s Gap, evacuated in the afternoon, was lucky, yet again, and was open for business by the following week end.