Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pockets


(Please click on picture to enlarge)
The magic started the first time I saw the librarian stamp a date and slip the white lined card into the paper pocket that was glued into the book.
I remember her closing the four books and handing them to me, it felt like Christmas and I couldn’t wait to go home and enjoy my gifts.

When I read the Three Muses theme this week ...pockets ...the first thing that came to mind was the library card pockets.
Today they just scan across a bar code, it just doesn't feel the same.


Credits:
pocket template
my photos and postcards

picture of girl from Dover
fairy brown book from
artfreebies

30 comments:

Ozstuff said...

This is a truly wondrous piece of art - elegant, exquisite, thoughtful, stunning .... I am running out of superlatives. As well as being all those things, it really hit a nerve with me. I remember, as a child, waiting with baited breath while the librarian placed the card in the envelope at the front of the book. Librarians had a way of doing it with a flourish and a little bit of drama! As you mention, now it is all about bar codes and the vision of a librarian zapping a book is not nearly so thrilling!
A standing ovation from me for a stunning piece of artwork.
(Unfortunately, my aprons are not works of art! They are practical, unadorned and made of any quick drying dark fabrics which won't show the stains!)

indybev said...

I love this! In my library we scan the bar code and the machine spits out a slip with the return date on it, which we're to put in the pocket! I know because I just checked out Pat Conroy's newest book (South of Broad), oh joy. We have to do our own zapping. I put the slip in the book, but not in the pocket, and when I walked out the door all the bells blasted, and I had to return to find out what I'd done wrong. How did that machine know I didn't put the slip in the pocket, I want to know! Anyway, your entry is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

This is a beautiful piece, love all the collage elements you've used - stunning!

Janet said...

Beautiful!! At our library we can check out our own books with a self-service bar code reader. It just isn't the same!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Louise, this is such a stunning & magnificent piece!! I am so inspired by your art...truly beautiful!!
Hugs,
Carol Anne

"MOI" Freubel said...

Hey Louise.
What a find !
I love reading your thoughts 'behind' the theme and your image is so full with carefully found elements and pictures.
Bravooo !!

Lori Saul said...

Ah- the library pocket! Wonderful work here and a great take on this theme!

Amy said...

ah,yes I do remember library pocket's..to bad they don't use them much anymore..I always loved reading the names of everyone before me that has read that particular book!! Cute themed idea

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your pocket art is gorgeous...beautifully created!

Storybook Woods said...

Just dreamy, and a wonderful use of paper pockets. Clarice

José said...

This touches me! The reading lady, the romantic cover and of course the paper pocket. I almost forgot about them. But your beautiful piece of art took me right back to the library of my childhood. If you don't mind I make a copy and put it in my inspiration map. Just to look at when having a creative block.

AliMayes said...

This brings back so many memories - not just about the library pockets but the book itself - all those Andrew Lang Fairy books in different colours filled our bookshelves when I and my sister were children. Absolutely fabulous!!!
Ali xx

Taluula said...

Oh my goodness I had forgotten all about those pockets in the front of library books, and your lovely piece has brought back a flood of wonderful memories.

Your artwork is truly stunning. Kudos from me.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How wonderful!! Just fabulous....

I do remember the pockets in the library books.
Hugs,
Penny

WrightStuff said...

It's such a charming piece - really full of fairy tales! I love the title of that book - I must nip down to the library and see if they have it - barcodes for me too I'm afraid, and grumpy librarians!

Martina2801 said...

Louise, this is phenomenal! I am blown away.

Diana Evans said...

wow!!! wonderful work...lovely details...

Eila A said...

Beautiful artwork, and a beautiful piece of childhood memories! Libraries and reading are such wonderful gifts for all of us, and your piece is a great tribute to them.

terri d. said...

I use to feel the same way when I checked books out at the public library. Your entry is stunning!

LiLi M. said...

As usual your artwork is amazing Louise. I love the combination of all beautiful things. I especially like the story behind pockets as it triggers me too.
I was so eager to become a member of our local library. My mother would let me when I could read and from that day I started 'eating' books. I loved the stamping of the dates, everything! Nowadays we have to do everything ourselves over here, check in the books and check them out again. I have no subscription anymore, Your artwork evokes so much nostalgia! I always love your posts and your comments as you are such a terrific story teller.

Ellen said...

wonderful memories this stunning piece brings about. love it.

rochambeau said...

Hi Louise,
What a great pocket upon a nice Fairy book. Lots of magic and wonder! Guess what? In the Jefferson Public Carnegie Library~ We still have the stamps. My husband works at the library too.

When you get your photoshop (elements), I'll help you get started, if you'd like!!
xox
Constance

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, great idea and beautiful piece!

Yvonne said...

Oh my, these are absolutely gorgeous! Well done, Louise!

Rosanna said...

Ah, the days when a library WAS a library and there were pockets and cards. Thanks so much for the nostalgia and for your most beautiful collage. Fantastic work.

Jean said...

Louise, what a lovely idea!!!! Your memories of the library are magical. Your interpretation of the theme" pockets" is refreshing and innovative. I am inspired as always by your work.

Rhonda said...

Beautiful piece! Cheers!

vintage wil said...

Your piece is beautiful!!!

adrienne said...

Pockets make me think of treasures - what a wonderful take on the theme. I miss those library pockets, too. You could tell how popular a book was by how many stamps it had.

Fete et Fleur said...

I had a blast watching the temptation video. The little boy who waited stole my heart.

As usual your art is imaginative and wonderful. I miss the pocket too.

Hugs!
Nancy