Sunday, December 16, 2012

les marionnettes


I was falling asleep listening to the beautiful music of polish composer Zbigniew Preisner for the movie "La Double Vie de Veronique." The music is almost disturbing in its beauty.


La Double Vie de Veronique happens to be one of my favorite movies of all times. It tells the tale of two women, who look the same, who feel the existence of each other, but live in two different parts of the world.


Veronique falls in love with a puppeteer and the marionettes have a deep meaning in this movie. As I was falling asleep, the idea of creating hand carved stamps inspired by marionettes came to me.


And how nostalgic it is to call this series "les marionettes", because my favorite song growing up was a song named "les marionnettes." The song is from 1965 and sang by a french singer named Christophe. I would make by dad rewind the cassette tape (remember those?) over and over again and would never get tired of it.

I have so many new ideas and projects for 2013. I can hardly wait to start them all!


49 comments:

Cristiane Marino said...

Ai Ana, que coisas mais lindas!
Essas marionetes estão um mimo, uma delicadeza....
Amei a bailarina.
Gostei da sua reflexão nostálgica.
Bjs

Robin Larkspur said...

Wonderful memory to share with us. I love your Marionettes, and how happy you sound for your new projects. That is definitely a contagious thing!!

Adam said...

nice art

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Stamping has clearly inspired you! Love the marionettes!

Red Shoes said...

WOW!!!!!!!

I LOVE these!!!!!

What a great way to express your love for this music!!

What is the composition of the blocks you use for carving? When I leared linoleum block printing some years ago, it was indeed linoleum on wooden blocks. This looks more like soap stone...

~shoes~

Cloudia said...

fun!


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Sulky Kitten said...

You're so creative, Ana. I love these. When I get what I think might be a good idea, I forget it instantly!

Christine Altmiller said...

These are fantastic! The music truly was an inspiration! I still have more cassettes than I can count.....

Sherri B. said...

These are so beautiful, Ana - I especially love the second one because it reminds of my daughter (who dances). It's amazing how dreams can inspire us creatively - you have me curious about this music, so now I must go look it up! :)

Jane of The Jewels said...

Really love these! You are so creative and inspiring :)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Beautiful marionettes, Ana! I love when you show your carvings...still in love with the red and blue elephants...

Sofia said...

Lovely story, Ana! I am sure the stamps are the beginning of a great collection.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love how you did a tutorial without all the explaining - your photos were perfect! I had never thought of making a stamp from soft wood - you make it look so quick and easy. Thanks for sharing!

Zena said...

Lovely post, the stamps are so pretty. Have a nice week Ana xx

Nadia said...

What a beautiful movie! Thanks for sharing, Ana! You can watch the whole thing on Youtube (without subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goTRivxWeIU

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You are wonderfully creative! Love these marionettes. Looks like there are a lot of exciting things waiting for you in 2013. I hope you share some of your art with us!

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh so beautiful. I can see that your muse is bringing you some awesome gifts.

Em said...

Beautiful stamps. I am so looking forward to doing this. Soon, I think, actually.

I have an idea of something I would like to do. So still inspired by this!

Leenie said...

Music is a great muse. Your new stamps are great. I'll have to check out that movie.

BamaTrav said...

Why do women fall asleep during movies? xo

Francie M said...

So charming and such a wonderful way to greet the new year!

Riot Kitty said...

Those are gorgeous! I wish I had your talent.

Ileana said...

Your creativity and the inspiration I get from it...it's almost like you're sharing your muse with me/us. Amazing stamps and artwork and once again, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see more of your ideas come to life.

Stew Crowther said...

Great work!
So much fun!
Stew.
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alteredstatesstudio said...

i love your new homemade stamps!! and the story that goes along with this is wonderful! i love hearing a story of a child who loves something so mature, creative, and inspiring....

Annette said...

Your stamp creations are great as your stories. Have a good day my dear and keep creating those wonderful stamps.xoxo

AntiquityTravelers said...

Fantastic effect with these! We were just watching Mirror, Mirror yesterday with the kids and there is a whole scene with marionettes - so clever the way they did that scene. Actually a great take on an old story

Alexandre Fabbri said...

We meet again...

Alexandre Fabbri said...

One of your butterflies flew my way...

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Wonderful stamp carving and I like how you made them into puppets.

Alexandre Fabbri said...

Shall we chat on my Chat page? Perhaps, you might have a question...? Do you know the significance of room 287?

Createology said...

Your carved stamps are very creative and I love the way you have turned the figures into marionettes. Thank you for the inspiration. And for visiting my blog. Holiday Bliss...

Alexandre Fabbri said...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7yb7k_christophe-les-marionnettes_music

:-)

Alexandre Fabbri said...

That's fine. By the way, the hotel room 287 was at L'Horset Pavillon in a quiet street at 36 Rue de l'Échiquier, Paris, Île-de-France, France. It is now the Provinces Opera Hotel. If you want to, Ana (and only if you want to), you can add yourself to my Guestbook with your website address if you wish or not. Anyway, have a good evening. :-)

beth said...

wait. what? you make your own stamps? wow, is there anything artsy that you don't do :)

brilliant !!!

kala said...

Veryyy cute one

tossan® b&w said...

Sou fã de marionetes. Sou fã do seu blog e sua arte. Feliz Natal.

Clare said...

So Gorgeous, your inspiration inspires me to listem more closely to the sounds in my life. I loved your story about the Christmas Party, it is what Christmas is all about. I am lucky to be in a little mixed media art group with Jenny, her faces are superb! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anthea Lau said...

these illustrations are so cute - love it!
would you like to follow each other?
A
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NatashaMay said...

Totally awesome idea! Love these stamps. :)

Susan said...

Love the new stamps you've created. I'm happy to know that your office party was a huge success.

Jeanie said...

You are so creative it makes my heart sing! And thanks for telling me about this film -- I'll put it on my must see in 2013!

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Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

I love the inspiration for these sweet stamps! Precious and beautiful. your 2013 sounds wonderful!

Karoeza said...

what a great stamps!
thanks for visiting my blog, you're so kind.

denthe said...

Isn't it great how ideas sometimes just come to us!? Your stamps look lovely, and they're extra special because of the memories they evoke.

Ricardo Miñana said...

Unas marionetas con arte,
gracias por compartir.
que tengas un buen fin de semana.
¡Feliz Navidad!
un abrazo.

Meera Rao said...

Beautifully creative and a nice story to go with it :)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

great inspiration, i feel!
i wonder what the new year will bring to your planning...
have a jolly good start to 2013!
n♥