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Nursery Rhyme Art Project: Influences


Hi, friends.

I know it’s been quiet around here….I’ve had my nose to the grindstone working on my latest project.  I want to share it with you in stages, so here is the first installment.

Our local library recently received a grant to fund an early readers’ program for children ages 0-2.  They invited 10 local artists to make an artwork around a nursery rhyme in any medium.  I chose this one:

Sing a song of sixpence,

A pocketful of rye.

Four-and-twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,

The birds began to sing.

Wasn’t that a dainty gift

To set before the king?

There are further verses, but these are the ones I am working with.  (Later verses and other versions have naughty boys baked in the pie and people getting their eyes pecked out.  I decided to skip those.)  My inspiration came from a friend’s young son who loves this Amish barn sign (I think that’s what it is called) that I have on our wall.  (If anyone knows more about these kinds of round signs, I’d love to read it in the comments.)

Amish barn sign (Pattern and Branch)

His favorite part is when we spin it (it has a nail through the center).  I liked this circular format, so I traced this shape and a friend cut it out of hardboard/Masonite for me.  Then I went to work researching the objects I visualized for the finished piece.  I also liked the idea of a flat, slightly folk-art feel, so I tried to incorporate that.  I’ll share more with you next time.