09 February 2009

Give your heart away

A year ago I made these hearts to give away. I have been using a very nice silk fabric. On the front I printed an image I found in a very old medical book. The book is more than a hundred years old and belonged to my great grandmother, who was a midwife. I love all the drawings in this book and it even has a colourful fold out model of the human body at the end.

On the back of one of the hearts I printed a love poem*, another one has a silk&metal fabric backing and I filled it with a bit of paper, on which I printed a poem.

*You can read the whole poem here and you'll find a translation here. It's "Gretchen in der Spinnstube" from Goethe's "Faust", where Gretchen realizes that she has given her heart away.

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