Tuesday, 21 June 2011

BIT OF A RANT ...!

I'm back! .... thanks to a new gadget called a card reader which means that I can once again upload photos from my camera. I was reading a magazine (a pretty rubbish one) waiting somewhere the other day, and an article asked "would you have a facelift"? I was pretty cross about this question, since it was asked on the basic assumption that all the readership would eventually aspire to such a procedure. Gggrrrr, red rad to a bull - which prompted this page.
I'd prepared it ahead with an offcut of scrapbook paper, and then laid Tim Holtz tape across it, and decorated the panels with blue lines using my water soluble crayons. The face is, of course, a Stampendous image which has always reminded me of me .... especially when in a grumpy mood! But honestly, the suggestion that I would WANT to embark on major surgery just to have my perfectly normal 50-something face tidied up to someone else's idea of what it should look like made me want to ROAR (you know that thing - I am woman, hear me roar). Even if I could afford it or was that vain ... I still wouldn't do any such thing! I'm proud of the way experience has shaped woman I've become and think our society should value that. I won't be having bags of silicone shoved up my chest either, and as for shaving my pubes .... get real!
Sorry to be quite so grumpy, but honestly ... this sort of rubbish makes me want to break into very unladylike language. My face has lines from a life well lived, and that's normal for a mother and grandmother like myself. I'm proud of that, not ashamed of it, and so should you be!!

Phew, now I need a lie down with a stiff drink ....

9 comments:

Artyjen said...

Glad your camera problem is mended :) With you on the facelift thing...although I do confess to using a firming cream on a saggy bit of throat!!! But that is as far as I am prepared to go ;)
xoxo Sioux

Julia Dunnit said...

Surgery to conform to someone else's ideal - not me either! Enjoyed the rage it got you into, and like the page it produced!

Sandra Hall said...

Here Here! A great page Rosie and a touchy subject for some in this society...I'm with you on the 'age gracefully, no intervention' thing (although I do wear a bit of make-up to spruce meself up now and again!) x

muriel said...

Hello from France! I love your page (that blue!!) and I quite agree with you about the lines on someone's face being the result of a well-lived life. I much prefer them to the faces on which you read nothing.

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Wonderful journalling ......could not agree more. I really dislike how as society we are so obsessed with how people and things look.. you carry on ranting...

ben... Titbelsoeur... mais sans sa princessôptipoâ ! said...

I never leave comms on your blog, but I follow it daily, as I LOVE your art pages !!!
thanks for this wonderful sharing !

alexa said...

Oh, I so needed that - some good forthright speaking! As someone whose face is really showing the years, I am taking comfort from the wisdom and experience angle. Was it Eleanor Roosevelt who said: "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art."? Here's to us - further along the line, of course :). Thank-you!

Linda said...

Love this Rosie...great page, great rant.
Thank you putting into words what we all feel:-)

Tracey said...

Honestly I think I am going to lose a few hours today - your blog is such an inspiration, I have just taken my first foray into the world of art journalling and I am so inspired by your style - fantastic xxx