It was a dreamy weekend.
While last week was spent in a world of sepia photographs of
of the divine Miss St. Denis ... . . I stumbled upon another stack of
photos: postcards from the world of Lake Como, circa 1899-1915.
There began the dreams ... .
I relished each image, each canceled stamp, and especially the notes written
in a language unknown to me. I was peeking at personal relics of
the Golden Age of Travel, as technology opened up train travel
to augment the early cruises on steam powered ships.
Did you know that the engineering to dig tunnels through the
Alps was one of the major events that opened travel to the masses?
How remarkable to be able to venture out in the world ... .
and equally remarkable to send photographs on little cards to ones' friends.
These travelers didn't need lavish activities to amuse and entertain ... . ... .
simply sitting on a park bench beneath a parasol and gazing at the Alps
plunging into the cool waters of the Lake was quite enough. Then, perhaps a stroll
down the promenade - before returning to the hotel for an afternoon
As some of you may remember, I've been dreaming of Lake Como since much
earlier this year. See my posts here and here , to renew those dreams of my
longing for a place by this lake. My wishes were pretty simple: a lush garden
and privacy for lounging and gazing at the magical view.
This weekends' dreams acknowledged that I not only longed for the place ... .
I also dreamed of going back to another time.
It used to be enough to change our location for a moment, in order to refresh
our view. Todays' world has become almost universally harsh ... ..lacking grace and
elegance. We love our internet connected world , but it also brings much
of that harshness and unpleasantness to our doorstep.
Where to find Grace and Elegance ??
Hence : the longing to escape to Another Place AND Another Time.
This weekend I acknowledged that I probably won't be traveling to that
dream villa by the shores of Lake Como this summer.
No sending postcards to friends and family ... . wish you were here
and all that.
But wait .. . . I can create cards from my dream journey and send
them to YOU, my cherished internet friends - - --
and we can all travel to that dreamy place and time together!
These photos are the first cards I created to share ... . . to randomly
drop in the mail. Each one includes a photo of one of the vintage
Como cards, which I've embellished with my own mixed media layers
of stitched fabric/paper & golden paints.
I just need to know where to send them ... . . so, send me an email
with your mailing address , and I'll surprise you with
one of my Dream Cards . It may come next week or next month,
that's part of the fun - going to your mailbox and having something
lovely & surprising waiting , not just more bills and junk mail.
We can all travel to another place and another time
this summer ... . . or at least share a few dreams of
grace and elegance.
[mixed media art & photos: copyright Judith Thibaut]
[click on each photo to view LARGE & see the details]