Sunday, 3 March 2013

Fed Up? Oh you betcha .....

This page was prompted by the vote on Women Bishops being lost here in the UK ... I was shocked by the result because I really thought we would get it, in fact I was confident, even though I knew it was likely to be close.  Its clear now, some time later, that the result owed a lot to the fact that people who were in favour of women in the episcopate felt they had to vote against a bad piece of legislation, which I DO understand.  Its just that at the time I was SO blooming cross ....
That's why I made a page about it - well that's what keeping an art journal is for, right?  To work out difficult stuff as well as celebrate and record better stuff.  This is a background made with my trusty Caran d'Ache crayons ... and its only now that I wonder if it looks vaguely gynaecological?  Just me then ...
This set of (clear) typewriter stamps have been in my stash for some time, but I've only ever used them on scrapbook layouts.  For some reason it felt right to use them here - maybe I didn't trust myself to do tidy writing when I wanted to explode?  Could be, although maybe wobbly angry writing could have spoken volumes ...

Then I started to do all the twiddly bits of writing and decorating.  I like using this Stampotique head, it represents me when I'm not exactly at my best!  Anyway, like me, I think she has a certain freakish charm ...
And as you can see I got all sorts of stuff off my chest and had fun doing it too.  Where would I be without my journal, I honestly think I'd go (even more) bonkers without it, so quickly has it become an absolutely essential part of my life.  I work in it pretty much every day, and feel a bit odd when I don't, even if its just to paint a background or something.  After a few early experiments I first started
keeping a proper journal in August 2010, and have now filled six, and am just starting out on the seventh.
I love seeing them all on the shelf, with lots of ribbons and all manner of stuff tied onto the spiral bindings, not to mention each having a little tag with the number.  I use the blank journals which have a plain white gesso cover, so each one is decorated differently and individually.

I rather like this page, it records some genuine pain and anger that it will be instructive to look back on ... and I'm hopeful that this summer will see some new (and much improved) legislation put to the vote.  Come ON sisters!!

6 comments:

Barbara Hagerty said...

Rosie, I love this page! What a great protest piece, and so much fun to look at with it's royal purple and flowing text around the organic shapes and swirling lines!

viv said...

Rosie, I know what you mean. It was a total let down.

Sandra Hall said...

Great page Rosie! I too was shocked at the outcome of the women bishops issue. I can see that you've worked through it :) The typewriter alpha stamps look great too.

Rosemari Roast said...

I like this page too ~ the art of it AND the expression too!

Ingrid Dijkers said...

Lovely work Rosie!

Anonymous said...

Our parish church is currently "inter regnum" and has been for a year. It is joined with the church of a small local village and they are absolutely against having a woman priest. Can you credit it? So that is proving a real stumbling block, as only one male priest has shown interest and he then backed out.

PW