Sunday, 8 April 2018

Sweet Jean.....

Textile Jean Harlow by Curious Pip.

Jean Harlow has always been among my favourite Pip subjects - I've been a fan since I was about 15. Whenever I watch one of her classic movies or spend time reading about her short but fascinating life, she pulls me in with a desperate urge to bring her to life once more.

I've always been fascinated with the real Jean Harlow - I love her onscreen characters, but she really was a far, far cry from all the man-eating Bombshells she became so famous for. Underneath all her gorgeously crafted brassy, sex symbols was a shy, down to earth home girl, who, in my mind, was sadly manipulated both emotionally and financially by her family and the studio. 

There's a lot of information out there on the Internet about Jean's life and career, as well as some fantastic books - books that finally do Jean Harlow justice by portraying her sweet, warm and very generous nature. I feel so happy that over the years the real Jean has now overshadowed a lot of the sensationalised rubbish written about her in previous decades. 

These two latest textile pieces are inspired by the Jean I've always been fascinated with, the Jean who loved her pets, enjoyed a weekend of golf and who was utterly devoted to her beau William Powell.

Pip x