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Been Framed? [Apr. 11th, 2013|11:22 pm]
susan smitten
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When I returned to Dubai from Texas a few days ago, I brought back a couple of items of sentimental value. Then I promptly had them framed. I love framing things.


This is a woodblock print on chiffon. It was made by my grandfather, James Latta, when he was sixteen years old; with it was a paper identifying the artist, his age, and his high school, entering it into an art contest. (In what year, Mom? 1930 or something?) The picture makes the pegasus' knee look darker than the rest of the print, but it's actually uniform and flawless. It's probably the coolest thing I own.


I also came across this snapshot of my father and a cat we used to have, Sigmund. It clearly was suitable for framing, as well. Sigmund was a big, big animal, and incredibly affectionate. Doodles on the picture by my dad, maybe circa 1998.


Here's an outtake from that photoshoot. Hey, hitchhiker, remember when you put a book between these two cats? Because they're bookends, get it!

ETA: The art has been framed and hanged. I mean, hung.


The shadows make it seem like they aren't aligned as well as they are. Truth.
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[User Picture]From: starkodama
2013-04-12 01:00 am (UTC)
That picture that your grandpa made is AWESOME!!! It looks really modern too... you'd never think it was that old!
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-04-12 02:59 am (UTC)

Woodblock Print

Sooz,

Grandpa graduated from high school in 1932, so 1930 is probably pretty close.

Mom
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2013-04-12 03:49 am (UTC)
they're totally doing the bookend thing :)
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[User Picture]From: mcgillianaire
2013-04-12 12:35 pm (UTC)
Love all the pics, particularly the woodblock print! Your grandfather was quite a talent in high school.

I love bringing back items of sentimental value with me as well, and I should probably frame a few more things. On my last trip to India my maternal grandmother gave me a box full of items that belonged to my great-grandfather, of whom I was extremely fond.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2013-04-12 01:51 pm (UTC)
The woodblock print is beautifully designed. Your grandfather was very talented!

I had to chuckle at the cat-bookends. :-)
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2013-04-21 06:33 am (UTC)
What treasures! And they look so handsome on the wall.
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