Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What a charlie


Charlie Chaplin is the star of this week's Three Muses Challenge. So I thought I'd make myself a little Charlie to play with. As you can see, he's quite at home here at my place with some young girls . Don't worry I have complete control over this little man. The paper doll was made using a vintage postcard that can be downloaded here from The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture. I enlarged the postcard (he's one foot tall now), printed it onto card and then used watercolor pencils to touch it up before gluing onto more card, cutting out and assembling.

Black and White written by Aesthetic Realist Louis Dienes in 1957 -
The day black and white got a break
Was the day he and she and they
Thought of those things black and white could convey,
That is, those things could be turned into black and white
And be clear to minds.
There was a cloister and the rich man bought it,
Brought it to where old man four-eyes could
Sit on the edge, lean on the columns and all this,
Old man and his hat, shadows and stone, was
Down in black and white.
The fingers of that girl
Holding a book were down in black and white
And the book was mauve on old ivory

But this secret died, the reporter
Didn't note it, no one who was there remembers.
Melvin lit his pipe,
Brown brier and yellow match flame
Were rendered in tones of grey near his nose sniffing
The first puffs.
Palm leaves zig-zag there
And thoughts glide through to the black iron fire escape stairs
Of multistoried thought buildings, clay tile-
Parapeted in the slanting sun of just that afternoon.
Burgeoning freight cars of black and white
Overloaded with meaning and bursting their sealed doors
Wait on the sidings of reverie.
That man seeing


from Etsy seller A M Creations. An update - a video featuring more stunning work from this artist.

All that is not brooding, is detail-enchanted,
The traceries are pearl's value,
Hair of girl, disordered, fold of five and dime blouse,
Curve of whisker, gleam of smiling dentures, petals' pale glow.
Bursting this car's seal, we shall shun the story angle,
Leaving color tonalities to the more sensual impresario,
And sniff bouquet of geometry in these
Blinds out of focus,
Light and dark stripes of grey alternating,
Next a firm jaw,
Sure hands holding the scissors over a head of curls,
Working horizontal hands crossed by
The stern verticals of drape.

one two three four five six seven eight

This car carries the exact
Look of a pair of almond-shaped eyes of woman
Cast on pasteboard for as long as paper lasts,
Newly arrived in the company of pairs of dynastic eyes
Egyptian drew, fixed on paper too and plainly speaking
the message of self.
The closed umbrella's form peers out from the
Car of black and white and it is married there to the taxiing
Airliner's compact fuselage.
The automobile lasts longer
In black and white than in steel.
The disdainful look in the reposing cat's eye
Is entirely present in black andwhite and the
Quality of fur is transferable to mind
Along with effect of whisker.


via Desire To Inspire

I see silver objects on flat pulp
And the arm of the seller near the arm
Of the buyer.
The light's glint on the silver
Is held and the elegance of old porcelain
Is in that plate on the shelf level with
The sellers bending head.
The child whose face will be of another form
In another year will not change on the cherished cardboard
of the father's desk drawer.
The sea, the wind on grass, the house's roof,
Gables, and windows, the ship, the road,
Everything in Walt Whitman's poems, the sun on
Old stone and on newly cut stone, the fair girl's


from Etsy seller Branch Handmade

Proud brows and full cheeks, the nervous man's posture,
The tilt of the dandy's hat, the brooding clock's stance,
The look of the striped shirt and the look of the white shirt,
The old ladder's condition, the baby's eagerness and the
old workman's casualness
The telephone pole's splendid isolation and connectedness,
The grandmother's smile of approval for her grandchild,
The summer forest's interlacing multiplicity,
The round wheel's neatness and the grass's nonchalance,
The picnic's content, the pool's smoothness,
The old man's thoughtfulness,
All these things and ever so many more
Eagerly are carried by the bursting cars of black and white
And he and she and they knew it that day
And for the self of William it meant, victory.


Lori Saul said...

Wow Chrisy! First off what an amazing Charlie doll you created- beautiful work! And I enjoyed the YouTube clip( it's agreat one). Also all of your enthusiastic "Charlie style" ensemble was mesmeriazing- a complete Chaplin tour de force- Bravo!

Rose said...

great post Chrisy. I acually use to work for a hotel group of Charlies Diner's. Not sure if youve heard of it, theres a few here in adealide.
Some gorgeous house photos youve found. Black and white is so simple, but lovely and clean.


Gabbi said...

Lovely post Chrissy! Such a sweet and sad poem and it's great to see Chaplin's influence in so much today... but my favorite part was that video you shared. Imagine having him as a guest for a dinner party... amazing. :) The original scene from 'The Gold Rush' made me cry the first time I saw it.

Artsnark said...

Fab Chaplin! Love how you've pulled all these elements together

Joanna Jenkins said...

The Charlie doll is awesome.

I just saw a terrific Charlie Chaplin at the new Wax Museum in Hollywood!


Rosie said...

Wow Chrisy, so much to see today! Love your Charlie doll and I think I may have to go get me one too. Can't watch the clip til;l later as I'm off to work! But I love your ensemble, especially the interiors... =)

Witchcrafted Life said...

Beautifully composed post, inspiration and words, my dear. Your blog is always such a treat for each of the senses - and the imagination.

Wishing you a delightful Wednesday,
♥ Jessica

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Love your Charlie....excellent!

Taluula said...

Wowee Chrisy your Charlie Paper Doll just blows me away, I am genuinely in awe of what you've done here, and the poem is so sad too! I shall come back to watch the clip, with a nice cup of coffee a little later, oh and thanks so much for the link too.

Judy said...

A masterpiece, Chrisy, what a brilliant idea, all three characters just blend together so well!

Eila A said...

What a great idea to make a Charlie paperdoll, Chrisy! I'm sure you can find lots of settings where you can play with it.

Femmy said...

fantastic Charlie doll!!!

AliMayes said...

Love your Charlie Doll and how you've posed him seems so appropriate - he always was a bit of a one for the ladies, wasn't he?
Ali xx

"MOI" Freubel said...

I have also found that Charlie Doll a few days ago Chrisy but i didn't know HOW to use it further to photoshop with.
So i stored it on my pc to use it a later time perhaps.
But now....I SEE YOUR ENTRY !!
What a Brilliant idea !
I have enjoyed myself reading and looking at your blog !

indybev said...

Holy WOW, Chrisy. Your Charlie doll is such a joy to see .... and then the joy goes on and on from poetry to video to fashion to interiors....a truly fantastic visit to your world. Thank you so much for bringing your talent to our challenge!

Yvonne said...

Superb, Chrisy!

Couture Carrie said...

Love all these collages, darling ~ especially the one with all the CC chapeaus!


Ozstuff said...

Oh my goodness, what a feast! Your Charlie doll is amazing, especially as you managed to enlarge it to a foot high from a postcard size. That was just the entree (and what an entree). Then we are treated to such wonders!! I enjoyed the poetry so much, the video is wonderful and the fashions and interiors inspiring. Who could ask for anything more? (Now I am humming that old song). Take a huge bow because there is a heeyuge standing ovation coming your way.

Terri Kahrs said...

Holy Cow and a BIG Wow!!!! Chrisy, your doll is amazing, but the entire post is such a joy! This is a real tribute to this influential man. BRAVO and a Standing "O" too! Hugs, Terri

LW said...

Fantastic post…
I love the CC paper doll thank you for the link; I think I will make one
for my husband’s office…

I also enjoyed the Charlie look alike fashions
and the inspiring words..


Terri Daugherty said...

Hi Chrisy, i'm waving to you from the u.s. (big grin) and thanks for the charlie clip! it made me smile this morning. i like your charlie doll too. great stuff here on your blog!!
Terri D.

Amy said...

Fantastic dedication to him! He was a brilliant man!! I LOVE your postcard man..brilliant research too!

José said...

You've made a great entry!! Love the doll and the other interesting messages. Thank you.

BlueKlein said...

just came across your blog!
have to say keira, emma and alice look soooo rad!

Martina said...

A big aplause Chrisy.
What you make is a feast for my eyes to look at !!
Wel done!!

elsie said...

Your Charlie is my favorite out of the entire magnificent collection you assembled - he's got SOUL!!

Renee said...

Oh my goodness what thoughts. I loved it.

How are you feeling by the way? I hope you are well.

Love Renee xoxo

Anonymous said...

It's a Chaplin extravaganza! You went all out-- great job!

Juli/Artist in Residence

trudi said...

Wow - love your Charlie - must be nice to have 'complete control over a man" - !

Jayne said...


Hey Harriet said...

Another brilliant post Chrisy! So much to enjoy here! I love your Charlie paper doll. Glad to hear that you have him under control. He looks like he'd get up to a lot of mischief otherwise!

Sam said...

Paper Chas!! How cute is he? I love that bowler hat look too - it reminds me of "A Clockwork Orange"!

cabin + cub said...

How cool! Good thing you have control over the guy... looks like one of his hands was about to stray and get cheeky with one of the damsel.. haha. ;)

Elizabeth Golden said...

Charlie was such a cad - you portrayed that so cleverly!

Nicomi Nix Turner said...

Such a great post! The General is a great film.

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