Monday, 25 May 2009

sputnik sweetheart

“And then it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars, but in reality they’re nothing more than prisons, where each of us is locked up alone, going nowhere. When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we’d be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.”

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Wednesday, 6 May 2009



When Edith was on her death bed, Julien Symons said she "wears other people's bleeding hearts on her own safe sleeve."

I doubt she did!


Edith ended up in a wheelchair.

V&A Day

I found out on the internet that Edith's jewellery was in the V&A, so I went to try and find it. When I got there I was a little bit disapointed because all that was there was 3 of her rings. I wouldn't have minded if you could see them well but the room was quite dark, they were about a meter away behind the glass and you could only see the front of them. All I did was this one drawing.

But then we saw that there was an exhibition of hats by Stephen Jones on and seen as Edith was into turbans, we went to that instead. And it was really good. I've never been a fan of wearing hats but these hats were amazing. You do have to pay to see it and it is all hats, but if you like fashion exhibitions or even just interesting objects I'd say go and see it.
AND it had lots of turbans to draw...

Spine issues.

So Edith's Dad was a bit insane. Apparently, when she was a child he used to lock her into an iron frame because she has a "spinal deformation". It's rumoured that the actual reason was because she was the first born child and wasn't male. Also, she wasn't the "beautiful, mindless" daughter they would've wanted.

I was having difficulty again with this, as I have no idea what post-victorian, iron back frames would've looked like and couldn't really find anything out about them. I'd like to think he made her one himself. Anyway, I could find some photos of modern back braces so I did a few drawings from those of the basic shapes of a back brace.


Edith came from an aristocratic family. Her dad was Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet of Renishaw Hall, and her mother was Lady Ida Emily Augusta Denison, daughter of the Earl of Londerborough. Her mum claimed she was royal from decent through female lines from the Plantagenets. I'm fairly embarassed because when I read that, I had no idea what Plantagenet meant, but I have since learnt that The Plantagenets are a family from a Royal House founded my Henry II and are mostly french (I think!)

Trying to draw Edith is hard.

As I said, she's difficult to draw.
However, here are some attempts. In general, I'm not very good at drawing people, its something I really need to practice. Edith has a really interesting face and her most predominant feature is her nose, so I guess that was the only remotely easy bit. Otherwise, I really struggle with people. I think I always want my drawings to look exactly like the person and they mostly never do. I should probably embrace that though and stop being a huge perfectionist.
Anyway, practising drawing people is on my to do list, in particular Miss Sitwell.
I should use some colour too!!!!