Friday Fictioneers: The Bunting


FF Photo Prompt Untitled by D Lovering 11 April 2014Every Friday authors worldwide gather around the virtual fireside of Rochelle Wisoff and share stories of 100 words, prompted by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. This week’s photo has been provided by  fellow Friday Fictioneer Dee Lovering.

Thank you, Dee.

Here’s the story Dee’s photo inspired, which is actually a poem.

The Bunting

The sun-bleached bunting rustles, brittle
as the bell of the abandoned village church.
Then, it recoiled rustling from the black-frocked
village tongues congregated to snip and snipe,
then hang the flayed red tongues in honour
of the day of the saint.
Now, the tongues abandoned hang languid, limp
as the pimps preying on the splay
of gay punters come from afar to tongue
abandonment out of bottles and under bellies.

(c) Ann Isik 2014
Coming in at 70/100 words this week.

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An End to Animal Testing for Drug Discovery?


An end to animal testing for drug discovery?

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Friday Fictioneers: Light


(c) Kent Bonham 2014

(c) Kent Bonham 2014

Every Friday authors worldwide gather around the virtual fireside of Rochelle Wisoff and share stories of 100 words, prompted by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome. This week’s photo has been provided by  fellow Friday Fictioneer Kent Bonham.

Thank you, Kent.

Here’s the story Kent’s photo inspired.

Light

I jumped at the invective, glanced away from the dangling spaghetti of cables to the spaghetti of veins on the back of the hand that came down gently onto my shoulder.
First day … annoyed an actor!
“Sorry, Chief.”
Chief shepherded me away.
Fresnels, trunnions, … the names’ll come, …”. He deftly snatched my swot sheet of lighting terms, scrumpled it into a ball.
“Chief.”
“… but the day’ll come, you’ll know lighting isn’t about lamps. There’s some actors’ll light up a theatre without a candle. There’s those you can light from every angle and they’ll still be invisible.”

(c) Ann Isik
100 words

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Art from Paper Coffee Filters


Coffee Filter Art VThere I was, tidying the kitchen cupboards  and I came across several boxes of unused coffee machine filters, of varying sizes. I use a cafetière now. I’ve had these redundant filters for years. I don’t like throwing things away even if I’ve no longer any use for them. This time round, I saw how I could use them as art papers, so up they went to the studio.

Look what I’ve done with them! They’re fans!

Fans have a variety of symbolic significances. I like this – that the small end represents birth and the blades, the many possible paths leading away from this beginning. Red and white on Japanese fans are supposed to bring luck, gold attracts wealth. Designs are repeated an odd number of times – odd numbers being lucky numbers, groups of five, particularly so. Fans keep evil away, were used in religious ceremonies. A closed fan between you and another is an acknowledgement of the other’s superior rank. In Japanese Kabuki and No theatre, fans are used to emphasise the stylised movements typical of these performance forms.

Coffee Filter Art V InvertedFirst, I slit the side of the filter and it unfolded it into the fan shape. I painted, stamped and stencilled four of the filters, on both sides, scrunched them then ironed them flat again and brushed them with hot encaustic wax. I scanned and edited them, and also used the invert filter, giving me, in the end, 16 images to play with, from only 4 coffee filters.

Coffee Filter Art IIIAt the same time, an email popped into my box from singer, musician and composer Rob Stevens. He’s just released a new suite of music: Megalithic Tons of Dog. I’d been in touch to ask him how he produced his lovely CD covers.

I saw how four of my coffee filters together formed a circle – just like a CD. They also made a cell and are perfectly appropriate for my Below the Line project.

Ah, synchronicity!

Coffee Filter Art II InvertedThese are very quick studies. I used watercolour paint from a new box of 24 tubes – a cheap find in my local Oxfam shop.

I’ll be building on fans, using my paper coffee filters. I love the fan shape.

Coffee Filter Art IAnybody out there used paper coffee filters for making art?  I’d love to see what you produced.

Ann

 

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Inspired Light II


Inspired Light II.

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Inspired Light I


Inspired Light I.

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Inspired Light XVII


Green Glass Bowl, V&A Museum

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Inspired Light XVI


Netherlands Wine Glass (Roemer) with applied prunts, diamond-engraved with the arms of the Dutch Republic, its seven provinces, and of William and Mary. Signed: Willem Mooleyser. Dated: 1689 (Wilfred Buckley Collection, V & A Museum, London) Prunt: a small glass ornament attached by fusing to a glass pattern (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

Netherlands Wine Glass (Roemer) with applied prunts, diamond-engraved with the arms of the Dutch Republic, its seven provinces, and of William and Mary. Signed: Willem Mooleyser. Dated: 1689 (The Wilfred Buckley Collection, V & A Museum, London)
A prunt is a small glass ornament attached by fusing to a glass pattern (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

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Inspired Light XV


Green Glass Goblet (Close-up), V & A Museum (Cell Clusters)

Green Glass Goblet (Close-up), V & A Museum (Cell Clusters)

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Inspired Light XIV


Glass Vase, V&A Museum

Glass Vase, V&A Museum

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