Friday, 3 January 2014

A Weekend Sleuthing....

Sticking to my current 'Thin Man' movie obsession I have delved a little further into the world of the detective and created this quirky print inspired by Nora Charles and featuring 'Essential Items for a Weekend Sleuthing'
Essentials for a Weekend Sleuthing....Gouache on Khadi handmade paper




  It amazes me the amount of drinking (and very little eating) that goes on in each of these fabulous films. I guess it was quite the novelty in 1934 as prohibition would have ended just a year before the making of the movie.There's a great scene in the first movie when on arriving at the bar Nora learns Nick has already drank six martinis, so she orders five more so that she can catch up with him. Nick and Nora are the only couple I've ever never known who can do tipsy and smart at the same time!!



Martini hangover!


.....A very boozy series of films.....


The Thin Man 1934

After the Thin Man 1936

Another Thin Man 1939

shadow of the Thin Man 1941

The Thin Man goes Home 1945 

Song of the Thin Man 1947

  I'm so in love with this adorable flirtatious and intelligent pair I have no intention of moving away from this theme just yet. I'm also hoping to bring you a paper doll, more dolls and a few more prints.

  It also seems that whenever I embark on a new project I always end up purchasing a vintage item of clothing that matches my current working obsession.  Whilst making my 'Little Detectives' I bought this oh so stunning crepe dress which I hope Myrna Loy (Nora Charles) would have worn with pride. It would have perhaps been best suited in one of the later Thin Man movies as it's 1940's style with shoulder pads and key embellishments.


Early 1940's crepe dress, original sketch and first drops of print to final artwork.

  Look forward to taking photos of my three 'Nora' inspired dolls to show you next week. Its been a wonderful Christmas and New Year but my little man will be going back to school next week so until then I need to make the most of him being at home. xx
 

9 comments:

  1. Thoroughly delightful post!! Great dress too! found you via my fbook feed - I still don't know how that works!!

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    1. Facebook is a mystery to me too! So glad you like my post - thankyou!

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  2. Oh, I just love this sooooo much! David and I watched the first thin man movie again on Christmas Day! I love Myrna's style in the movie!

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    1. Isn't she wonderful! The perfect amount of mystery and comedy goes into these movies. The Thin Man is my very favourite of the six movies but I love them all. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Wonderful!! That dress is just so dreamy on you x

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  5. Great blog your dolls are a delight . from hesta at green-glamour . happy new year look forward to following.

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    1. Hi Hesta, thankyou so much, I'm thrilled you enjoy my work.

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  6. I'm obsessed with the Thin Man series right now too!!! I've been watching as many Powell/Loy movies as I can find on YouTube. It must be something in the air...

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