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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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23 Comments

  1. 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!!

  2. isabella says

    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

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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

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

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