Saturday, 18 March 2006

Ullabenulla

I always like to look at the site of anyone who has taken the time to comment on my posts and tonight, just before heading to bed, I had a quick peek at Ulla's blog which I had never come across before. It is nearly 5.30am and I'm still looking! Here is a detail of an Easter Theatre Egg that she made...



She does wondeful evocative illustrations too. Hark at me, the Ulla expert, I've only seen Feb and March pages so far!

She is inspired by so many of the same people as me that I looked deeper into her posts (instead of going to bed) and what a treasure chest of delights. It felt like going into the attic of some old house and opening up chests, cabinets, boxes and secret spaces to find all manner of forgotten and wonderful things. I feel it has enchanted me.

She has links to so many new and wonderful things that have somehow passed me by like Miss Clara a french paper artist who puts my own paper works to shame. Miss Clara has just the loveliest fairytale website which includes downloadable wallpaper for your desktop of the most gorgeous green shoe (as seen on Ulla's blog)! She puts me in mind of Tim Burton but better and very feminine and lots more texture and age to her work, which makes me love it even more.

Oh my goodness, I just discovered the 'original objects' section on the site. Someone pass the smelling salts and loosen my corset another SHOE! But now another dilemma, I gave up the jewellery because of Grainne Morton doing my ideal better than I ever could, and gave up my textiles because of Carolyn Quartermain, now I feel I should give up my paperwork because of Miss Clara. I don't ever give them up utterly, just the possibility of ever making a living from them. Oh her work is so intricate and beautiful but I can't get it to link just now so you need to visit the site to see.

Oh dear, I am almost sick with exhaustion and excitement it's all too lovely, and I have been lulled into a semi hypnotic state by the music on the Miss Clara's site. I must sleep, my back aches and I have no heating so it's about 5 degrees at the computer. Worst of all, visitors arriving at 2pm (till late) and then I have to work nightshifts over the weekend so probably very little blog posting or reading until monday, how hideous when there is so much to see and so much to show.

4 comments:

Paola said...

Oooh thanks for this. I've just had a quick peek at Ulla's site and it looks well worth exploring further.

Now. PLEASE don't get despondent. I've just been looking at Miss Clara's site and yes, it does have some exceptionally lovely things on it (I LOVED the 'original objects' - especially the lilac Cinderella ballgown). However, I did think lots of her stuff was verging, dare I say it, on the 'twee'.

Obviously I haven't seen much of your stuff but what you have shown does seem to have a more contemporary feel to it which I personally prefer...

cally said...

I know what you mean, it wasn't all to my taste but the bits that were REALLY REALLY were. I have a thing about pretend shoes. maybe because I just can't wear anything that isn't comfy, so if they are paper I can enjoy purely as things of beauty without people saying "why have you got a shoe on your shelf?"

I make paper dresses, small ones just now but I used to (and when I reclaim my house I will again) make full size paper dresses which were also lamps. No really wearable though Twiggy could have pulled them off, or rather, put them on.

The Miss Clara dresses were so perfect that I thought mine looked just silly, but it's a new day and I realise that mine have more in common with Ana Ventura's work which I still adore so I don't feel despondent today.

Ulla said...

Dear, dear Cally! You humble me. What an amazing post, I can't possibley live up to it... MissClara is my most favorite link too, I think. Her websight is soooo creative! I found her from a french magazine article. Send me your snail mail and I will copy it for you. I agree with Paola, some of her things are a little 'sweet' but she does speak to our fairy-side. Take heart, use her images for inspiration and let them lead you onto new paths. There is always room for more whimsy in this world...

christine said...

Miss Clara's site is dreamy! I just discovered Ulla's and yes she has some amazing links! Love you style and pretty things you are posting...

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