A few days ago I read on a wonderful paper-cut artist's blog, Fog & Thistle that she's working on a shadowbox of the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic and love story. I love this story, my adviser in school had written books about Hanuman and was an expert on the Ramayana and the Hindu pantheon (he recommends this version here). Her post brought back such great memories of the time spent reading and discussing its twists and turns and all the little and large digressions that the story holds.
found these b&w photos here. I wish I knew who took them
And then of course also memories of India: the toymakers I sat with and worked with day after day in Benares were well versed in creating gods and goddesses from little pieces of wood, lacquered in bright colors, so that children (and later tourists!) could learn the ancient stories, sort of like what Rachel is doing with her shadowboxes. I took a few of my little figurines off their shelf and photographed them for her. They reminded me too, although I see them everyday, of my love for all things small and intimate--of the pieces I collect for my work and the little stories (les historiettes!) that I try to tell through my work.
Just want to remind you to enter my giveaway--the gift is a tiny story as well--I'll be so happy to pass it along...