Sunday, May 31, 2009

If you remember, a few days ago I wrote about Victorian Follies ... well, I just came across this exquisite example of a follie being used as a shelter for a public water fountain! Isn't it just beautiful - and so fanciful and wondrous. The man is restoring the gold leaf (which is why the top looks so much more golden than the rest of it). I haven't been able to find a photo of the finished folly - but be sure to click on the photo, so that it will grow and you can examine the details. I am particularly fond of the plaster details over each entrance arc.

These are some of the work I complete this week. As always, you can get a closer look by clicking on the photo for a larger image.

"It's beauty that captures the attention"

"Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails"

"Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe. If you believe clap your hands"
"The way to avoid housework is to live outside"

As I was searching out photos of Fanny Ward (below), the original Tinkerbelle on stage in J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan, I found this lovely photo of her. It's not hard to see why the producers thought she would make a believable beautiful and ethereal fantasy creature!
I'm certainly glad that they didn't cast this Tinkerbelle instead, aren't you?! But, I have to give her (him?!) a certain amount of admiration for making the most out of $1.37 worth of material and Reynolds Wrap!

...what kind of coffee are you serving?!
Well, we're off to return Blockbuster movies and choose a few more...I'm hoping "Taken" and "Valkyrie" are in stock. I want to see them both. Then I think that I need to clean up the studio so it's nice and fresh for me to start a new mess tomorrow!

Go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥


Leslie said...

Well, you never cease to provoke and amaze. Thanks.

Do tell my if you like Valkyrie, thinking about it me own self..

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I don't know what's better---the poor man trying to do the gold leafing, or the woman being spanked over the coffee!!! Oh Tristan, you find the things I have nightmares about!!!!! (the gold leafing of course.....Gary doesn't drink coffee....would be the other way around!)
Anyway, I really needed that pic to brighten on hurting, rotten day!
You're the best!


Anonymous said...

O.K. Tristan... I take issue with the coffee ad....
"I am Woman Hear Me Roar!!"
Need I say more??? LOL!!

As for the "Reynold's Wrap Kid" I have one statement..... "Don't go out in a thunder storm!! ROFLMBO!!
Love the Post!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU ARE AWESOME! I love that collage with the fairies! Oh, you always inspire me to "go and make something beautiful." Thanks so much for taking time to always visit me, I am a slug next to you! You are a pro. Anita

Pattee said...

I love your work Tristan... and I've seen that add about coffee and other adds like that from the 50's at a site called Oddee.

What patience a person has to frikin gold leaf a "follie"

Your are amazing at finding just the coolest things.

Frippery said...

I took a gold leaf class for restoration. It is actually kind of a meditation to me. But I am not about to hang out on a ladder restoring a folly, as lovely as it may be. I actually am shocked, as well as amused, LOL, by the coffee ad. My, have times changed! Your work is absolutely inspiring. Thanks for the congrats to my girl. Wait til I show HER the coffee ad. Kids her age would be, to use a Tristanism, Gobsmacked!

peggy gatto said...

You post the best images!!!

Baroness Bijoutery said...

You amaze accomplish so much in such a short time and the work is always beautiful...Great post...

Paula said...

I adore those fabric collages you are making ... fantastic!

Gabriela said...

Hello Tristan,

Love your post! Awesome photos!

~ Gabriela ~

Nancy Lee Malay said...

I love visiting your blog, Tristan! And that coffee ad - PRICELESS!

Anonymous said...

Ah, Tristan, I love looking at your site each see what delights are in store! you never fail to thrill us..i would never be any competition to you, but
sometimes i wake up at night.., gee , what could i make?...this would be great in a collage or..oh yes, i remember this would be perfect!
haha..only in my dreams... always something beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the mini tapestries. They are so detailed. I didn't scrap at all his weekend plus my craftroom is a mess - maybe this week. You have inspired me to go in there and make something beautiful :)

Valarie said...

Your new creations are wonderful. I must break down and own something from you soon. My creations today will be painting the bathroom. I guess that's creative, huh? Have a wonderful day.
xxoo Valarie

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

You are so prolific! I love the colors and the photos and the way you have tied it all together. Thanks for the large click on images too.
That folly is so petite! I would love to look out my window and see that in my yard. (If I had a yard!)

rebecca said...

you are a

f e a s t!!!

Ingrid Mida said...

I have some post-Paris blues but coming to your blog always makes me smile. You've been busy creating beautiful things. I took a closer look at the embroidery on Fanny's dress. It is exquisite.

Coastal Sisters said...

LOVED the picture of Fanny Ward.

What a lovely woman she was.


Anonymous said...

ooops, again...Tristan, i just noticed today on your Etsy site...your collages there are in shadow boxes... Will the ones you show in your blog here in frames too? I must have one ..but, waiting to decide which one! I love the vintage dancing gals and follies things!

Becs said...

Hey Tristan! You are such a great should write a book! Please let us know about those movies, I want to see them both also and haven't yet...

Great pieces, that from your collage camp?


Sue said...

How beautiful is that follie! To restore the gold leaf on it though...yikes! what a job!

I've said it before and will your new style of collages. And - I clapped my hands!

Great vintage ad, one of my favorite parts of vintage mags.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

Thanks for asking gypsylulu. No, these pieces are complete with hanging apparatus and sleeve. They're too large for shadow boxes! Also, I believe one of my favorite parts - the texture - would be completely lost behind glass.


Anonymous said...

Oh, great, Tristan...I was thinking they look too large for the shadow box...I'm in agreement...lots would be lost under glass.. when the piece is designed with the various fabrics!
I'll be watching for mine! lol!

The Blogland Diaries said...

I love your blog. What a gorgeous gazebo over that fountain. Your mixed-media creations are lovely.


Pattee said...

Where are you Triste???
I miss you posts....

Lici de Souza said...

wow, exceedingly captivating ...

pamelahuntington said...

REallY enjoyed seeing your blog.. found it through Gabriela Delworth's
Glitter party... I live in CT.,too!
Great to meet you here...

lynda said...

Tristan- your stitchery is great- I love your softer piece.