At the beginning of the blog, I told you that you could challenge me. In February I asked you on Facebook and on Instagram which challenges you would like me to realize. You could propose a theme, a specific material, a process, etc. You could also ask me to realize a project for which I would explain the steps and which you could then redo by yourself.
Nikki and Mathilde, on Facebook, proposed the following themes: the spring, Valentine’s Day and an illustration which would speak about a news topic. Valentine’s Day arrived too quickly, I was not able to work on this theme. Next year maybe?
Therefore, I chose to keep these two themes: spring and a news topic.
For spring, I wanted flowers. I adore flowers, in a bouquet at home, in the nature, I like looking at them, photographing them, smelling them. When the lilacs season comes, I always go in the countryside to take some branches and have a beautiful bouquet at home. As a reminder of the lilac of my childhood garden.
The news topic came to me with a sad note and led me on to the topic of childhood. On February 18th, I began to read a book which was for months in my bookcase, the second book of the author Harper Lee, Go set a Watchman. On February 19th, she passed away.
In her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the story is told by Scout. With her brother Jem, and her friend Dill, she engages us in their adventures. Scout is a free and wild child. For me, this freedom and this carefreeness of the youth has a close connection to dancing. I believe that it needs a certain casualness and a lightness to practice this discipline.
Thus, this project is rich with varied, but still related influences. The cycle of life and death illustrated by the spring theme, and then the dance illustrating the sweetness of the spring and the freedom of the childhood.
We meet again in some time for a new challenge! Do not hesitate to tell me what you think about this first challenge and what you wish to see here :-)
By the way, this article incidentally fits the Urban Jungle Bloggers challenge of this month that I follow for a while now. Discover other vegetal inspirations with Igor and Judith!