Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Relaxation, 1973

I think with any generation, there are certain items that will always bring about a feeling of nostalgia.  For me, it's those lawn chairs from the '60s and '70s.

You know the kind I mean - the nylon-webbed chairs that always left an impression on your be-shorted legs, and which were quite uncomfortable, actually.  But for those of us who were born in the US and Canada between 1950 and 1980, whose parents didn't own at least a pair of these babies?

So when I found a picture of one in this fabulous Loblaw catalog from 1961.....

 I knew I had to do something with it:

I used watered-down acrylics for the background, and sewed the grass and sun.  But I wanted the lawn chair to be the star of the piece.  And yes, I did X-Acto out each of those tiny square from in between the webbing.  It took an hour, but I think it's worth it.  :)

I'm happy to report that this piece has already sold! :)  I have a few more photos of lawn chairs I can use, so I think I'll make more collages and celebrate this iconic piece of lawn furniture.

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