Sunday, July 4, 2010
Today I have the house to myself. I exercised, showered and then headed to my newly-cleaned and organized studio, coffee in hand.
I picked up some handwork and then scanned Netflix for something that looked good to watch while stitching and my eyes fell on "Bright Star."
From moment one I was mesmerized. The opening credits roll past while a needle moves in and out of rough linen, pulling thread behind it.
But that was just the beginning. The movie is about poet, John Keats, and the love of his life, Fanny, who would be the muse behind his masterful romantic poetry.
It's about how they met, tried not to fall in love but did anyway. Fanny is an artist in her own right, creating breathtakingly beautiful gowns with only her needle, thread and her deft fingers. John is an artist, too, of course, a poet who teaches Fanny to love not just his words but life, as well.
This movie was a sensory treat, seemingly engaging every sense, a work of art in itself. Wind blowing linen curtains while late afternoon sunshine pours in,
luxe caramel-colored fabric fashioned into sumptous ruffles,
melon-hued taffeta skirts,
fields of vivid flowers,
stunning orchards of blossoming trees, white cotton frocks and stiff bonnets, a room full of butterflies....just a few of the exquisitely-lovely experiences the viewer is treated to.
Here's the trailer:
And one of my favorite scenes:
What a treat this movie was. I don't know if a movie has ever inspired me to sew until now, but this one has. Simply beautiful.