Before the teasing for the HoHoHoliday FundRAiser begins, I want to get the last of the shrines out there. And that may actually be quite useful for the
recipient commissioner of the shrine. Communication is everything, and Guylty Inc.’s such was lacking somewhat… Let me tell you the whole story: First of all, this shrine has been in the making for *years*. Literally. I can’t remember exactly when Maria first mentioned she wanted to commission a shrine (2 years ago?), but we started planning for the RAPS in earnest in March of this year. Maria had some particular items on her wish list, and we communicated intermittently to hone and refine the plan until I finally got to work some time in October. We had actually settled on an exchange scheme, and before I had made the shrine, Maria had already sent me a lovely package full of crafting goodies as her side of the bargain. Anyhow, I eventually finished the shrine and sent it off to her.
Dubbed “Thornton’s Desk”, I considered the RAPS one of my best pieces yet – in terms of interactive fun, custom-made miniatures and overall design. Imagine my surprise when I heard back that she had been flummoxed by what she received. The shrine may have appeared somewhat unfinished to her. 😱 It only occurred to me then that I had forgotten to enclose instructions or explanations on what I had intended with the design. And so you see, communication is everything. The following pictures – and I took a lot of them – may explain what my vision for the shrine was.
Maria wanted a shrine with Thornton at his desk. My idea was to turn the tin itself into the desk that Thornton is sitting at. And so he is seated there in the background, with some items in front of him. (Margaret is watching him from the little picture 😉). However, I enclosed two cut-out versions of Thornton for some interactive fun. To be inserted in a slot and interchangeable by Maria herself. And I failed to make that clear. So instead there were a couple of cut-outs loosely floating in the tin 😬. Yep, not a good look.
He’s got a note book in there, keys, some letters, a yellow rose, a love letter?, sunglasses 😉… A picture of himself with a reminder 😂. And then some items that I only placed in there so they wouldn’t damage the shrine in transit. Because a desk needs light (see the candle holder to the right of Thornton) and an ink well (front right).They are teeny tiny miniatures that I made myself, including the quill that is in the inkwell. On the desk there is also a copy of NS – but a special one. Maria had requested a mini book with pictures.
This was a first for me because my mini books’ pages are usually unprinted. (The writing is too small to print out on those 2x3cm pages, and they would be a huge hassle to print and assemble in the right sequence.) But because this was a commission, I decided to give it a go. It worked ok with the pictures.
*For the purpose of taking the pictures, I did not want to open the mini book too wide and break the spine, hence the sliver of an insight*
The one on the left is taken from a scene where Thornton is actually sitting at his desk, whereas the one on the right is from the “Look back at me” scene.
So that is the story of this shrine. Hopefully the photos will have given Maria a bit of an idea, too, what my intentions were.
What do you think? Did I capture the mood and spirit of Thornton? I’m on a Thornton roll at the moment… and that is already a teaser for future revelations.