Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Did you ever have to make a diorama? As defined by Webster, a diorama is: a scene, often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc., in front of a painted background.
As interpreted by me: it's like your own little stage in which you are the scene and set designer, the writer of the story, and the creator of the characters, without having to deal with the egos and idiosyncrasies of thespians. What more could you ask for in living out your dream to hold the next Oscar?

This creative process was always fun for me as a child. I think I remember doing it with houses and dolls on a shoe box level early on in life. Designing little rooms and make-shift furniture out of everyday items was a meaningful way to extend my ideas of re-purposing and reusing far before it was fashionable and needed as a gift to the globe. Building little vignettes was out right a childhood enjoyment.

A recent visit back to my old room at my Mom's house revived this idea, and my 2008 Diorama was born. I titled this little vignette "Be"...because I think it reflects all the quirky, odd, vintage...stuff I like. As always, there is a lot going on in this make believe world. One 'drive by' look at this and you will certainly miss something. In each little box or area are lots of great finds...including some great words for thought. Five dioramas in a diorama...all representing a person and how they (once again my belief in "more" is always better with "more"). Upon asking the family for their husband thinks the little wifey may be slipping something into her morning coffee, and my lovely offspring thinks I've slipped to the 'other side'....I would agree 'slipping' is involved, but let's just let


Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

I used to do the same thing with shoeboxes when I was a kid. Forget dolls, I was always making little rooms and furniture with found objects. For me it was more fun to make something than to "make believe."
Your diorama here is wonderful--so much to see and a wonderfully artistic compostition of elements. :)
Have a great day!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

WOW, you are amazing! I love what you've created and the story you tell.. I'd be head over heels to see this in person. Art on, Monica :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Laughed out loud at your reference to slipping over to the other side. And I love your father's term "gaudy gorgeous". I may have to borrow that sometime. How are you doing? ~ Lynn

Whitney Johnson said...

I can also relate to your childhood creating style. I never played with Barbie dolls - I just made houses and clothes for them! What a wonderful idea. Your diorama is fantastic.
Happy Day :)

Recycled Rita said...

I love it!

Roberta said...

I absolutely LOVE this art piece! What a wonderful idea. So beautiful, I love art that tells a story :-)