In the last few months I’ve been fascinated with the up and coming trend of Artist Trading Blocks (ATBs). Basically, the ATB take the Artist Trading Card (ATC) into three dimensions. While I have always loved seeing the amazing ATCs that my instafriends created, I never jumped on the bandwagon. However, something about the added dimension of the ATB. has made this trend irresistable.
One night during a typical netflix-while-crafting-binge, I watched the 1996 Jane Austen movie Emma, starring Gywneth Paltrow. A delightful quote captured my heart so much so that I was compelled to use it for my first forray into the ATB world.
Writing in her diary about her dismay over the possibility of Mr. Kinghtley loving Harriet rather than herself, Emma said:
“Dear Diary, Today I tried not to think about Mr. Knightly. I tried not to think about him when I discussed the menu with Cook… I tried not to think about him in the garden where I thrice plucked the petals off a daisy to acertain his feelings for Harriet.
I don’t think we should keep daisies in the garden, they really are a drab little flower.”
This whimsical line made me laugh out loud. To me, anything that invokes laughter and delight is precious. As a result, my ATB, Daisies, a Drab little Flower, playfully reflects this line from Emma. The black and white exterior, containing daisies made with pages from Austen’s Emma, represents the bleak outlook view poor Emma has when anticipating that Mr. Knightley loves Harriet. It also reflects the banality of Emma’s everyday life and the shallow black and white perspective she has in her early matchmaking, where she views matchmaking soley in terms of financial settlements and social ambition.
The inside of the box tells a different story. When one opens the box, it explodes in a riot of colors. The garden is alive with butterflies and bees. This represents both Emma’s change of perspective after learning that Mr. Kinghtley loves her and her growth into a better rounded character who can see beyond social position.
To be perfectly candid, while the daisy quotation was used in the movie, Jane Austen did not actually pen it. After some deliberation I decided if the quote is authentic sounding enough for a major motion picture, then it could certainly be good enough for me.
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