Take a song, any song…

That’s the Three Muses challenge this week. Marie chose “Eleanor Rigby” – a real Beatles’ Classic. I choose a song that has recently had a revival here in the UK, so much so, that my teenage DD told me it’s one of her favourites! Billy Joel’s – “Always a woman…”

Always a woman...

This is a recycled shirt cuff, painted with silk paints and tarted up with an encased image transfer onto duct tape, a little text, some netting and a scrap of vine leaf ribbon sent to me by the lovely Patty (Magpie’s Nest)!

I have been struggling with closures for my cuffs recently, so I can’t believe I didn’t think of uding a shirt-couff before – already has the buttons and the button-hole!

I was a Billy Joel fan all through my teens and 20s. I bought his albums, made my Mum listen to them, knew all the owrds of all the songs off by heart and thought he was a fool when he married Christy Brinkley – lol! But, the guy’s immensely talented and he pens a great tune… 🙂

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  1. Fantastic art work!

  2. Sandy

     /  June 9, 2010

    Wow this is great.
    Fantastic work as always.

  3. You are so imaginative, Rosie, who would have thought of ‘art on a cuff!!’ – amazing take on the theme in every way!

  4. I am chuckling away to myself, Rosie, because I imagine you sneaking around with a pair of scissors, cutting the cuffs off any shirt you come across!! What a great idea though!! A cuff is ready to go. It’s finished on all but one side and it has a button hole and button. What more could you ask for?
    I LOVE anything Billy Joel sings and the one you have chosen is a goody. I love your altered shirt cuff. Who else could make such a mundane item look glamorous and elegant?
    Wonderful artwork, as always.

  5. Have you considered writing a book, my friend? Your store of creative ideas seems endless, and such fun to see. I love your cuff!

  6. Sing us a song you’re the piano man… That’s my favourite!
    An altered cuff! Wow, there is no stopping the imagination of this girl. I’m very impressed Rosie. What will we see next week??

  7. taluula

     /  June 9, 2010

    Rosie, my mouth is literally watering at the sheer beauty of this piece and what a fantastic bookmark it would make too. You are one of the most resourceful people I have ‘never’ met and you have illustrated your song perfectly. Who would have believed you could make something so wonderful with a shirt cuff! Ha ha can you tell I love it.

  8. Whow…what a great creation.
    Love the colors and the image you used.

  9. Fantastic creation!!!

  10. Hi Rosie!!!! I am really loving all of your fiber art lately!!! what a great piece…and a perfect song too!!!

  11. Great song and great piece, Rosie!

  12. Leave it to you to find a lovely use of the leaf ribbon (they are coming out now in different colors too). I am SO inspired Rosie, clever you to use an actual cuff … if it holds still long enough … alter it 😉
    There really is not a Beatles song I do not Love!
    Wonderful colors and creativity … as always!

  13. Wonderful take on the theme. Lovely song!

  14. Jacqui

     /  June 9, 2010

    This is lovely

  15. Absolutely FABULOUS!!! Your cuff is exquisite. Love every bit of embellishment!!! Hugs, Terri

  16. Fabulous and gorgeous work, what an amazing piece of art work
    jay x

  17. Gorgeous work,and whod’ve thought of using a shirt cuff,i wouldn’t lol,love it!!

  18. Great song and what a beautiful work!

  19. Wowww, this is a dream! I love the colours you’ve used and the mood you’ve created. Lovely!

  20. What a great idea! wonderful stuff!

  21. Luci

     /  December 29, 2010

    I’ve known about packing tape transfers for awhile now, but I’m really curious about your duct tape transfer. Can you point me at a tutorial, perhaps, or explain how you did that, please?

    (I found you via your post this morning at Cloth Paper Scissors — great work!)


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