If you read Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, you might tell a friend that it is “very romantic.”
If you read it for a second time, you might also say,
“It’s about her plain little heroine who is so strong.”
If you read it for a third time, you might add to your synopsis,
“And a man who softens his heart and finds peace.”
I love Jane Eyre and all the multifaceted themes in it’s pages. Nothing but bad fortune seemed to follow Jane for much of her young life. Yet for all of that, it did not break her.
What an unconquerable spirit Bronte penned!
I made this Jane Eyre wall hanging from reused materials. The stretcher bars were from old college work. All components of the art were stitched or ironed onto a scrap of canvas.
The little bits of upcycled fabrics came from all kinds of sources. They were household fabrics, scraps from projects, fabrics that were passed on to me. The shiny silky thread on Jane’s string of pearls was leftover from adding to my sister’s wedding dress.
I wanted to show Jane’s plainness by creating a governess dress, appropriate enough to the period.
I love it how Jane is creative, and so I included some of her tools. I could not bear to give her solid colored paints. She gave her paints life, so in the wall hanging her paints have prints.
The overall impression is rustic, simple, and feminine.
When I moved to a new city earlier this year, I entered this wall hanging into a fabric art contest where it was displayed in a public place. I am proud to say that it won first place. What a surprise!
What great encouragement that was to me, and now I continue to upcycle. Giving new life to old things just really warms my creative soul.
Join me this Friday for the first of my series of Halloween upcycles.