Saturday, 4 February 2012

My sketchbooks, and trips down Memory Lane

I have been collecting images in sketchbooks for a long time, ever since we were taught to do that at art college, and as a result, I've found that I've become ridiculously attached to them.  I have them dating back to 2003, and they are full of clothes, clothes ideas, colour combinations, drawings, exhibition programmes, entry stubs, nature's colour combinations, poems, and pretty much anything that grabs my eye.  I'm embarassed to say that if the house were to burn down, these are the things I would like to save. 

Every time I go through them, I feel like it's a conversation with a friend.  I remember why I liked the image, and what possibilities it represents to me.  On this particular page, besides the fashion, is a photo of a cabin on the west coast of Canada that Gorgeous Husband and I spent a weekend at, courtesy of a neighbour of ours who owned it.  It was sweet and quaint and rustic and in the middle of the woods.  The outdoor loo had a stained glass window in the door, and outside there was a hammock strung between two trees.  We could sun ourselves on the rocks nearby and see the ocean.

I remember we had to hike a distance to get to it after we disembarked from the ferry, walking over ferns and hearing the crunchy pine needles and bracken underfoot, and I was grumbling about "how far is it anyway?"

It was such a kind gesture for our neighbour to allow us to use it, especially as it had taken years of living across the street from her before she dropped her reserve and became friendly.  It only took about 15 years.


Jean said...

Love your books! Wish I'd kept a record like that. I do have old address books with sketches of clothing I waned to make. I realize that I eventually did make most of them. Not bad!

Have a lovely weekend!

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Hello Jean,
Thank you so much for your comment. I am really impressed that you've actually made some of the things you sketched. I have way too many inspirations to follow up on, but still love looking at the images and collecting new ones. I'm working on a project at the moment, so that will be nice to see it to completion.


Rosemary the Shopper said...

Hello Jean-- thank you so much for your comment! I'm impressed that you made many of the ideas you had sketched. I've not touched the surface of what appeals to me, but I love looking at them and collecting more.


The Style Crone said...

All the way back to art college! Now I know something new about you. How much fun to page through memories going back through so many years.