Beneath a vintage dryer bonnet, this lady - in search of pretty looks - appears to be in a zone of quietude. The moment I found this in my mail, I knew it was one of my favorites! E, the mailer, was unaware of the memories her mail art would evoke. Memories of:
- hours of my own beneath these humming bonnets - reading and awaiting transformation
- the look of my mother and grandmother and many other women beneath the bonnet
- my grandmother in this exact type of house/salon dress
- that exact relaxed look - beatific - on the face of anyone beneath these humming, warm-air-blowing bonnets
Around the pasted image of this lady sitting primly beneath her bonnet, E used rubber stamps to create a scalloped pattern on the brown paper envelope. And around her head, E affixed "thoughts" and images. E added color to the black and white image... I especially love the thick 60s eyelashes and the delicate colors she chose! But I wanted to free this lady from her thoughts and give her the peace so many women have found beneath the bonnet.
It took a bit of work, as E's mail art was of course a real envelope. Opening it in a hurry to get to the written contents, I tore the edge unevenly. To fix this, I separated the front and back of the envelope - using parts of the paper to repair the torn edge. E's stamps are always the greatest, vintage and/or interesting graphics, so I saved those. Then - to create an atmosphere of tranquility around the seated lady, it was necessary to paint over the thoughts E had given her. E's stamped scallops reminded me of clouds, so I painted white all around the lady under the bonnet.
And finally, to firmly attach the added layers of paper, I machine-stitched a few lines. And now, the mail art - mailed from E to me - is ready for a place on the wall of my studio... to remind me to take a moment to relax from time to time. Thank You E.