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Thursday, February 15, 2007

love cures

Love Cures all Ails...sewn paper paintings....You've Ruined my Life...sewn and collaged paper. These are two valentines I created a while back in the spirit of my muse, Esther Howland. She was a 19th century Worcester woman who made awfully mean and sweetly ornate valentines that she sold door to door for a penny. They were called "penny dreadfulls". Soon Esther's cards were so popular that she hired seven lady friends to work in an assembly line fashion to create these intricate and sinister cards. They were the rage until the first world war. Esther got really rich.
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