Saturday, July 7, 2012

HDH - Vile Vintage (see warning!)

Wow, I'm clocking in an entire day early over at Haunted Design House for the latest Monday Macabre - Vile Vintage - take something vile and make it appear vintage, or maybe use something vintage that would be considered vile! 

So, the only thing I could think of that was vile and vintage were post-mortem portraits which, for those innocent souls who follow me, are photos taken of loved ones once they've passed on.  (Please note this warning - there are photos of dead children below.)

I tried to keep everything Victorian era'ish.  I started with a plain brown slide mailer and gave it a quick black wash, then stamped a Victorian pattern using Brilliance ink to give it some background texture and then wrapped it in some beautiful grey satin ribbon.  The flower was made with hand-dyed loose petals from Michael's - they melt and curl nicely when you use a match.  I backed a pre-made frame with some flocked paper and a cross charm, which I added the stone to. 

Here's the inside:

The pictures don't actually belong together, but it seemed serendipitous when I found two different photos with twins.  I framed the photo on the left with black scrap and used it across the bottom on the right along with a small cross between the babies.  I accidentally broke one of the slides with my tea cup, but decided it added to feel of the piece and broke the other one as well. 

It's not really vile to me, but I'm sure someone is horrified on my behalf, so I hope that counts. 

Thanks for looking!


Sandi said...

I don't think I have actually known anyone to use these Victorian death photos in art!! Been ages since I have been for a visit...keep on creeping!! Hugs,

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

I think you have created a beautiful tribute to those innocents. Love the framing and can totally imagine this could be found in some Great Granny's attic. Thank you for sharing with us at MM @ HDH this week

Andrea C said...

LIke Croms said brill tribute and very hauntingly beautiful. Thanks for playing along with macabre monday this week x

Creepy Glowbugg said...

Such a morbid subject set into such a gorgeous display. Thank you for joining us this week at HDH!