Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Back to my self

"Beautiful Quotations"
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho

I have been using upcycled books in some of my collages over the last few weeks and have found some beautiful quotations. Even cutting along a line of text and selecting two or three words just sitting on their own and they take on a new meaning, or seem to be more intense. At the moment I am using "Cranford" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell and having read the book first finding these little snippets of words that inspire me gives the story a whole new slant.

What are your favourite quotations?
(I really enjoyed "The Comffy Chair" An interesting story about a road trip taken by three friends to collect a reclining chair)


Sylvia C. said...

Your new etsy shop looks great!
I hope it goes swell!

I love quotes.. here are a few fav:

be as you wish to seem

life is not about finding one's self-- it's about creating one's self.

Love what you do. Do what you love.

best to you, dear!

Sylvia C.

Megan Coyle said...

I think thus far, this is my favorite work of art that you've done. The bird is adorable, the text and mixed media elements all work together so well, and overall, it's just fun to look at. Hurray for collage :)

and thank you for your kind words :)

ei! kumpel said...

Today I mentioned you and your blog, on mine ;)

LornaSmithStudio said...

Act 5 Scene 5: Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow (Spoken by Macbeth)

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

(I only know Shakespeare literary quotes!)

Louisa Rose said...

hello Laura.
I saw a pair of your lovely earrings on the front page of Etsy just now :) Hope it all goes well and you get lots of sales from it. Take care
Louisa Rose
p.s What a beautiful collage

Anonymous said...

Beautiful collage! Hmm... I have a lot of favorite quotations. One of them was a post I did this past summer:

In a quiet, pleasant meadow,
Beneath a summer sky,
Where green old trees their branches waved,
And winds went singing by;
Where a little brook went rippling
So musically low,
And passing clouds cast shadows
On the waving grass below;
Where low, sweet notes of brooding birds
Stole out on the fragrant air,
And golden sunlight shone undimmed
On all most fresh and fair…
…’T was a clover-blossom, whose fluttering leaves
Seemed beckoning him to come;
It dwelt in a sunny little nook,
Where cool winds rustled by,
And murmuring bees and butterflies came,
On the flower’s breast to lie.

-Louisa May Alcott

Mmm... :)