Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mixed Media Monday - Art That Represents Your Country



HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY TO ALL MY AUSSIE FRIENDS!

Meet "Happy Little Vegemite - the Keeper of the Buttons". How did Vegie (for short) come about, I hear you ask. The challenge issued by Redlan, who is the guest host over at Mixed Media Monday this week, was to make a piece of art that in some way represents your country. I was pondering all the different things that are very Australian, vegemite amongst them, when the jingle for their advertising kept running through my head. "We're happy little vegemites, as bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our vegemite for breakfast lunch and tea. Our mothers say we're growing stronger every single week, because we love our vegemite, we all enjoy our vegemite - it puts a rose in every cheek". So I was inspired to create a bright little Vegemite, with rosy cheeks, LOL. At first I thought of a captured fairy in a vegemite jar, but the idea of captured fairies seems rather sad to me. So I decided to use the jar for storing buttons, and gave Vegie the job of looking after them.

Vegie is completely needle felted, apart from her acetate wings and the ring of little roses in her hair. She is holding a flower shaped button. A little bit of nonsense for this week's challenge, but a fun change from all the painting I've been doing lately. It was a very opportune time for this challenge for me, because today (Monday, 26th January) is Australia Day.

17 comments:

Virginia said...

Diane..I love her.Vegie is a girl after my own heart guarding the vegemite..only mine isn't filled with buttons.Wonderful piece..

Kelly said...

adorable!

Beth said...

Vegie is wonderful. I would like to do some felting, and little Vegie will be my inspiration. :)

indybev said...

I'd never heard of Vegemite until I met my dear friend Ozstuff a few years ago. You've paid it proper tribute, Diane!

Diana Evans said...

oh how cool is that!!!! I had no idea you were from Australia....I do know my friends have all mentioned vegemite...wonderful work!!!!

Hugs
Diana

Ozstuff said...

We love our Vegemite
We adore our Vegemite
It puts a rose in every cheek (so how come me cheeks aren't rosy?)
Great piece for the challenge and Australia Day, Diane. I love your gorgeous little button guard.

REDLAN said...

yOUR ART IS SO BEAUTIFUL DIANNE. Thanks for doin the challenge and to tell about vigimite. Happy Australian day!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Very interesting! What a beautiful container...gorgeous.

herminesplace said...

This is gorgeous.

Julie said...

Diane, she is absolutely gorgeous!

Anni's Art said...

She is so lovely your little felt figure hope that she would take care of your buttons.

Rosie said...

Happy Aussie Day Diane - love your felted dolly!!

I have an award for you on my blog!! Couldn't help myself!

http://alteredartandstuff.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/awards/

Diane said...

What a cute little doll, and perched so lovely on top of a jar of buttons. Too cute.

Char said...

This is really cute. I have not heard of this before. But, I love your felted fairy.

Faye said...

Great entry, Diane. I haven't heard the word Vegamite in years. How hilarious your entry is.

Sue said...

She is adorable!! Hope she does a good job in looking after your buttons :) xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

OMGoodness, your little vegemite fairy is more than precious, the detail just blows me away. Enjoyed the jingle so much too! I wondered where you were from.....Australia is on my bucket list, a dream trip someday!