Art, Film, Stuff

The Comparisons Project: Bright Star

you’ll remember hila from her things i like right now a while back. we’ve teamed up for a cool little project where we pick a film, i create some colour comparison mash ups (be it with art, fashion, vintage…) and hila writes a short piece of fiction based on the results. i was immediately intrigued when hila suggested the idea, as it combines creative strengths from both sides  – and i am in awe of anyone who can write creatively.

the first film is bright star directed by jane campion, which tells the story of the romance between fanny brawne and john keats. i paired stills from the film with paintings by edmund c. tarbell, an american impressionist who often painted portraits and scenes of his wife and children. hila’s piece of fiction follows.

fanny brawne sits in a corner and watches an ailing man duplicate words. her needle tears and reforms incisively.

she imagines a tweed suit that can be gilded with unutterable sentences. she would sew this suit as armour, lain against a rapt chest that beats irregularly with illness.

she knows her woman’s work is really a form of enlivening. an act of creation and generosity.

fanny’s watching becomes a topic of fascination for someone who reads letters meant only for her. after her mother’s death, a young girl likes to sit in the enclosed space of a torn armchair, examining the cover, the pages, the smell of a book of letters with fanny’s name. this too is an act of evasive generosity, parcelled out through distance.

she mirrors what fanny creates. in her bed at night, she lays fabric before her and rips neat squares. they cover one another like a palimpsest. what clever fingers can do is bind the trauma of experience with love.

her mother liked the quiet contemplation of needlepoint. like praying, she would say. and so her prayers come as a form of domestic reconstitution, not sublime poetry. the revenant residue of someone who will be forgotten, while words remain.

fanny feels his straining beneath clothes as she sits in corners, wrapped in chairs like a cocoon. this evasion, this bodily separation, comes together through her sharp needle, moving in, moving out.

words by hila schachar.

paintings from top to bottom: the blue veilacross the roomgirl readingmother and marymy daughter josephinenew england interiorthe sistersmary reading

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  • Reply Curious Constellation Monday 2 May, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Perfect. This project is going to be wonderful and you chose one of my favourite films to start with.

  • Reply Jag Monday 2 May, 2011 at 11:34 am

    No words to describe it. Poetry! So beautiful.

  • Reply misslikey Monday 2 May, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    this project you started is wonderful. beautiful stills, painting and the words. can’t wait too see more

  • Reply tara-lynn Monday 2 May, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Perfect! beyond excited for more!
    this also brightened up a dreary morning.

  • Reply Phara Monday 2 May, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Such a brilliant project, can’t wait for the next one!

  • Reply andrea Monday 2 May, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    i just wrote on hila’s blog how i agree with her comment about how your color comparisons are one of the most inspiring things she’s found on the internet! i couldn’t agree more. the first time i saw them on your blog i was so intrigued and so inspired. they are so well done!

    i love hila’s writing and so i’m really excited that the two of you are “working” together! i can’t wait to see what you come up with each month!!

  • Reply isabella Monday 2 May, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I found your blog by accident and it is awesome. I love fashion and I love art, especially classical art! You managed to bring together my two passions.
    Kisses from Brazil

  • Reply Caitlin Rose Monday 2 May, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Oh I’m really looking forward to this project. The first one is beautiful.

  • Reply hannah Monday 2 May, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    This is just beautiful, well done you two!

  • Reply Molly Cooper Monday 2 May, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Goodness! I am fascinated by Hila’s work, and am always so inspired by your image comparisons. This is just going to be absolutely wonderful. I am so happy you two have teamed up, and can’t wait to see this featured every month! Your first comparison project is splendid, and a lovely thing to wake up to this morning.

  • Reply Sweet Freak Monday 2 May, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I just love these comparisons you put together. It’s always so stunning – and shocking how things complement one another!

  • Reply Elizabeth Monday 2 May, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    This is really beautiful. Creative writing is such a gift.

  • Reply Daria Monday 2 May, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    such a beautiful projects and love all the pictures! so glad to have come across your blog – pure treat! keep it up!

  • Reply chelsea Monday 2 May, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    this is amazing! thank you.

  • Reply scout&pine Monday 2 May, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    SUCH a wonderful idea and executed perfectly. I love this film, and your gorgeous comparisons are so dreamy. Can’t wait for more!

  • Reply carina Monday 2 May, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    As always, I love it!

  • Reply hannah Tuesday 3 May, 2011 at 6:56 am

    AAH I’m ecstatic you chose Bright Star!!
    This film is one of my – if not THE – favorites!!
    This film is actually the reason I am now studying studio art and English lit instead of just dreaming about it… thank you for connecting the two (art and film) in yet another beautiful way.
    I’m so excited I’m not even making sense..
    but anyway: THANK YOU and JOB WELL DONE wheeee

  • Reply danielle Tuesday 3 May, 2011 at 11:05 am

    lovely project!

  • Reply Lisa Tuesday 3 May, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Simply beautiful – Bright Star is a fave

  • Reply Emma Tuesday 3 May, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Love this seclection and I remember the beautiful music by Mosart in the movie that is coming back a lot, from the Requiem…

  • Reply Jane Flanagan Wednesday 4 May, 2011 at 1:12 am

    This is incredible!! So beautiful.

  • Reply Leone Friday 6 May, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    An exquisite introduction to your blog.

  • Reply andrea Friday 20 May, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    definitely one of your best posts. I linked to it here:

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