Sunday, February 24, 2008

Take It Further, February


For the theme, "What Can You Remember?", I focused on myself as a college student. I loved college, everything about it. And although I was always waiting till the last minute to study because I enjoyed my social life, I was serious, even excited, about all the new worlds and ideas out there to learn about. It was important to me to understand, to think, to read as much as I could. I definitely needed to lighten up (still do). The photos were mostly taken from a picture in the yearbook of me student teaching, an awful picture actually. Why the editors ran it, I can't imagine. But there I am, intense, naive, and boring those kids to death! It was so important then, and isn't now--and so the Bob Dylan line. There's not much to say about the construction of the piece. I scanned the photos, colored them on Photo Shop, and made this very amateurish collage. There's little stitching because I've packed up my machine, and the heavy weight of the fabric doesn't allow for hand work.

Thinking about this period was fun. By coincidence I just read a piece in my alumni magazine by a classmate and well known journalist, who described this era as the last time when college girls posed for photos in sweater sets and pearls, with their hands folded and their legs crossed. I'm not wearing pearls in the picture, but I could have been!

12 comments:

Vicki W said...

I like it! It's nice to focus on the positive memories. I liked college but I was too worried about getting a job. I wish I had loosened up a bit!

Deb Geyer said...

I love it Kay! It is awesome! Good job!

Penny said...

thanks for visiting my blog, you are a quilter, I am not but you are doing some lovely stuff.

McIrish Annie said...

We are on the same wavelength. I'm using a snippet of Bob Dylan for my February TIF. I guess he really did touch our generation. Your collage is great! and thanks for the tip on squaring up!

Liz said...

Nice job. Hasn't it been nice to look back and dig through our memories? Yes, Bob Dylan says it very well.

jenclair said...

I think about those words frequently...I, too, was often more serious and "grown-up" than many of my friends. It made for many nice complimentary relationships, but at some point in middle-age, I began growing younger, sillier, and stopped taking everything so seriously.

This is a great collage, Kay. Thanks for sharing! Your college memories started me thinking of old friends and good memories!

Nettie said...

You're very pretty in the picture. Can imagine you having an active social life in college. And understand completely about college being where the happy memories of youth reside.

Gwen said...

I was in college just a few years later, and was a serious hippie, after I almost flunked out from being a hippie.

I ended up with a respectable grade point, and loved my college years, loved the library, loved the museum, loved taking random classes. I have never done anything work-wise that is even slightly related to what I took in college, but I learned a lot and that has stayed with me.

I love your piece, excuse my long rambling...

Rian said...

It's a wonderful piece.

And I'm glad you lightened up...

Kim said...

I love the college collage! I like the layout and the touches of Dylan.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Kay, this is fantastic. What a great piece you put together and how neat it is to glimpse your past.

Karen - who still needs to lighten up and defines her best outfit as twinset and pearls! ;)

Old School Love, *karendianne.

Allison Ann Aller said...

There is nothing amateurish about this collage! It is fresh, spontaneous, and totally conveys your meaning. I love it.

Dylan is the greatest American poet since Whitman and Dickenson, IMHO. Very appropriate that his presence is here in your piece!

The Dylan song I remember from college is "Tangled Up in Blue" from Blood on the Tracks...the most romantics song I ever heard....