Do you ever have one of those moments where you suddenly have an idea pop fully formed into your head? Of course you do, we all do, don't we?! I think the technical name is an "AH-HA Moment"! Today while reading two comments at favorite blogs, I had that happen. I think the comments merged in my brain. Over at Deb's bee creative both Deb and Jude mention the 'velvet' she is stitching on. Then quickly after, I read the comment over at Jude's 9 hearts where Eva mentions love and Romeo & Juliet.
Suddenly...BAM...my brain realizes that in my mind those two are forever entwined. This movie (posted above) and deep rich fabrics (velvet really).
I have recently, over the past year, been drawn more and more to velvet. It is not a fabric I've ever bought, nor sewn with. But lately, I really want to! I now have a little piece (thanks Denna!) to add into current work. I've dyed it a beautiful color, so I'm excited about that. See if you can watch this trailer without an eye on all of the gorgeous fabrics!
None of this is really all that important in the 'grand scheme of things' (as my mother would say). It just was a rather odd thing to realize, out of the middle of nowhere, that...Romeo & Juliet = Velvet.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I was in the 5th or 6th grade and I walked to the theater with my best friend, meeting along the way one of the boys everyone 'liked'. He was your typical cute, popular bad boy!! So he went with us, but would not actually sit with us (girls, you know). Instead he sat several seats and a row away. As we were falling in Love (draw a big heart around that word) with Leonard Whiting and wishing to be Olivia Hussey, he was snickering. We fell in love with love that day. The kind of love that lasts forever and really means something! Romantic love. Everything about the movie and those two young actors was perfect in our eyes. Well, practically perfect, with one big exception, I wouldn't Really kill myself! It was just all that grand beauty and drama. (((sigh))) Oh, how we wanted to be Olivia! And so, as we sobbed at the ending, the bad boy several seats away laughed outright. I wonder what further meaning this scenario paints?! The difference between the genders, at least at that young age. Or the roles society places on us, the ones we learn unconsciously at a very young age. I've thought about that over the years when reflecting on this oh-so-clear example.
Anyway, now that I know this connection of mine, I think I will use velvet with a new kind of intention. Thank you to those who inspired this train of thought :)
PS In searching for this video, I found these two that also caught my eye:
The second one has a more current song: Ghost of a Rose by blackmore's night
I ended up really liking this song and the video is very well done.