Photos that remind us of the passing of time…. (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge 1-15-23)

Hello Everyone, The second Lens Artist Photo Challenge of 2023 – hosted by Sofia of Photographias – HERE – invites us to share photos that show the passing of time while looking back. 

Sofia’s post has the theme of art and that led me to sharing some art too.

We recently attended the Storied Strings exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Aart (VMFA), which had us looking back at the guitar in American Art.

The flowers (at the entrance) were designed to look like strings


And speaking of guitars, I have to share a video of Jeff Beck playing his strings- he recently passed away at the age of 78.

Let’s look back a little bit at this artist:

Jeff Beck was honored with the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked him in its top five of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and as a solo artist in 2009.

Outside of the VMFA, they had this odd little chair art:

The sign said it was made by a struggling artist. That reminded me about how we all start somewhere and then we later look back to see growth and change (amidst setback, displacement, and mistakes – there can still be so much joy in life. Even if we have to change plans and alter expectations we can still find our joy. And maybe that is where the real joy comes from – you know, the struggles can make things sweeter later -hmmm)

 

Last September, I participated in a focus group with the VMFA. They were asking for volunteers to offer feedback for the new section they are adding to the museum. They wanted to know about “past experiences and needs” to plan what the future section should look like. It was a lot of fun.

 

 I was waiting for an appointment and went for a walk. I happened to look inside the window of a sewing room.  Sewing is such an art.

I looked a little more 

This next photo was my favorite photo of the sewing room because it reminded me of my past when I learned to sew in middle school.

I remembered making a denim frog and a lovely tree (something like in the photo below). 

I have made curtains and a few misc items over the years, but someday (not anytime soon) I would LOVE to try creating fabric art. I am so glad I was taught how to sew and I think it is something that everyone should know. 

 

 

Thanks for checking some favs from 2022. To join in with this week’s challenge, go here:  https://photographias.wordpress.com/

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69 thoughts on “Photos that remind us of the passing of time…. (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge 1-15-23)

    1. Hi chel! Whew – I a so glad we do not have to make our own clothes -! Great point about availability and at a god price – I know the flip side to some of the “availability and good prices” of clothes means we have a lot of waste (and the stats on clothes in the landfills can be alarming) but I do my best to buy smart and try to up-cycle and reuse and all that!
      Anyhow – thanks for the visit and comment

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      1. I love upcycling as well! With clothes, I find it so time-consuming to find used ones that fit (I have two littles) but look forward to saving landfills more in future. Anyhow, that’s also a good use for sewing; I had a friend who would shop Goodwill and then alter them to fit her better.

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        1. Thanks for sharing and I think I could chat about this topic for a long time …
          Hope you have a nice start to the week and be over to catch up soon
          😊☀️

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    1. Hi restless Jo!
      That live performance sounds awesome and reminded me about how love music can really transform the soul!
      Also after the pandemic I now appreciate live music even more!

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  1. That exhibition would be right up my street, so interesting. I love to sew, haven’t done it in years either but I think it’s one of those skills, we never forget once we learn it. Great photos and thank you for join us.

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    1. Hi sofia! You would have liked the guitar exhibit as it was so well done and they even had a coffee table book for sale and lots of little memorabilia items for purchase (which some folks love)
      Oh and thanks for hosting this week
      😊☀️

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    1. Hi Dawn! I am very grateful for learning to sew in middle school and I also took “iron shop” and made an iron shelf – and then took “printing and type setting” – and made business cards – hahah

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    1. Hello – the VMFA is in Richmond Virginia in the area called the fan district – and I found out hat it is the main art museum for the entire state of Virginia and that is why their collection is so good! It is the state’s pride.

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  2. Loved the guitar section this week especially Yvette – so many of yesterday’s rock stars are passing on these days, it’s a testament to how important they were to us back in the day. As for sewing and speaking of “back in the day”, I used to be quite a whiz when I was much younger but gave it up long ago and now don’t even have a sewing machine. Not my cuppa tea!!

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    1. Hi Tina! My husband just salad the same thing about how many of yesterday’s rock stars are reaching that older age and so we will have more ongoing tributes –
      And I like how you noted how important they were at various times ! And how cool that you were a whiz with a sewing machine – I love how we learn more about our blog friends through challenges –

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  3. Fantastic. I’m glad you included the passing of Beck with your music history and my favorite photo was chair. I think you are exactly right. We all start somewhere, and the chair was a great reminder. The sewing room also catapulted me back to my sewing days. very nice

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    1. Hi – I was not a huge Beck fan but remember his name from childhood and of course from various songs
      And my musing abut the chair (struggles and growth) is the kind of stuff you write about a lot over at wind kisses! You often give us little nuggets to chew on!
      And I was glad I got a photo aid the chair that day because it was gone the next day!

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  4. The supports for the lavender are quite interesting, Yvette. Your sewing story reminds me of how my mom was such an accomplished seamstress, making many of our clothes where my brother and I were young. I sewed a few things and then kept thinking I should sew, buying material and patterns well beyond my simple skills. I had sewing guilt for a long time before realizing that I wasn’t spending too much on clothes and that I just wasn’t going to sew. I jettisoned my sewing guilt along with my material and patterns and never regretted it. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Hi Janet / enjoyed hearing how you made peace with your sewing guilt !!
      That is a powerful story and I guess we can now see that other areas had your heart (fitness, photography, parenting and family stuff, horses, nature, tea)
      And for me – I never even thought of making clothes
      But my son did make a baseball cap one day when he wanted to try sewing
      He didn’t even use a pattern and spent all day working with material and putting things together
      It was pretty cool to see and I don’t think he ever sewed again after that

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  5. Guitar yes….sewing no….well I can just a little bit to get by, buttons etc. I learnt how to darn as well.
    I love your typos Yvette. They make my day at times. This one is a gem
    “Hi Tina! My husband just salad the same thing…..”
    🤗💖

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    1. Hi ally
      I know you have seen so many bloggers come and go – and just took off two months – which I have done many times over the years – but I didn’t announce it this time because it happened naturally and just got busy with out of town guests and then wanted to be offline and then this and that
      I always like how you announce your breaks and it does help
      But the hubs and I were also talking about announcing breaks and the mixed bag it can be for some (especially if you don’t know how long the break will be) and so when he took a couple months off from his social media sites – he refused to announce it (if that makes sense) and the he just emerged when he was ready!
      Sigh
      Okay – that was a long reply to say doing well and my break was nice
      Not sure how my blogging mode will be this year but had time this week and it felt so wonderful to get a few posts published
      Yeah!
      Have a god night

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    1. Hi JT
      Well if you ever decide to learn how to sew on a button – it is pretty easy
      And for me – while I don’t mind using a machine – I am not sure I would have enjoyed the culture times that had women doing needle point

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  6. Hi Yvette – great to see you here today. I haven’t been on my blog as much, but I’m trying to get back into it and I’ve been wondering how you were doing. I smiled when I read your comment about sewing in middle school. I was not a good seamstress – I made an unwearable dress and a purse made out of an old pair of blue jeans – I used the purse though. It was very “Seventies” – Happy blogging!

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    1. Hi book club mom!
      I hope your time away from blogging is going well and glad to connect today! I take a couple months off pretty regularly but this recent break was very unplanned – and I enjoy my breaks but also miss the blogosphere so much!
      And I look forward to seeing what and how you explore books this year! You have such a creative way of exploring books 📚
      ///
      And your blue jeans purse does sound 70s and it also sounds like a fun project – I had my denim frog for a long time and remember being very proud of it!
      Hope you have a great week ahead and be over soon
      ☀️💛

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  7. How fabulous that must have been working as a volunteer for the VMFA. I’m sure there were lots more tidbits you could have written about. Being so up close and personal with creative folk is its own reward. I’m a little green!

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    1. Hi Carolyn — it was a lot of fun interacting with the focus group and various creative folks – and I will add that I paid three tolls on a long drive and invested a day off – but it was worth all the effort

      Thanks for your visit and comment

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  8. Thanks for your great post Yvette! Love the great display of guitars and Jeff Beck’s playing.. Can’t say I know much about Jeff much abut Jeff Beck but he’s awesome and love all the picking and cool colored guitars. Omg, sewing. I remember well. I was the worst in school. Got a D .how do you get a D in sewing .. lol. I think I improved but not by much. I am going to try hand at it again, when the craft room is up and running. 💞

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    1. Oh Cindy – your craft room will be such a wonderful place for creating and for reprieve!
      I don’t know much about Jeff beck either but knew about him almost all of my life!
      And what sigh the “D” in sewing – I have a feeling the teacher played a part in that .

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      1. It will be awesome for sure Yvette. I’m certain it will come in handy for something worth while. Full equipped with a murphy bed, desk, closet and who the heck knows what else. I know, how do you get D in sewing.. lol. 😱

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  9. I enjoy your fun picture posts revisiting moments. You reminded me about a cordorouy skirt I had to make in junior high school for Home Economics, lol, Sewing was never my forte, although I can sew buttons and hems by hand. Thanks for memories. And so sad about Jeff Beck, a legend. ❤

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    1. Oh wow – do they even offer “home economics” anymore – I think that was the name of my course too!
      And imagining your corduroy skirt reminded me of many corduroy items from year as ago! Ahhhh – good memories

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  10. Hi Yvette – well the sewing part of this post brought back memories for me as I, too, took home ec and learned how to sew on a sewing machine in 8th grade. My parents bought me a sewing machine and console and I made my own clothes for years because I was tall and they did not have tall pants or longer blazers or sleeves that came to my wrist bones, so I sewed my clothes. But, I have to add a disclaimer, as my mom always said “I hope you don’t tell people you sew all your clothes, because I put in the sleeves for you and hem them for you!” That was very true – I cannot hand sew at all – never really learned how. I have not used the sewing machine since the early 80s.

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    1. Hi Linda – cheers to another one of us who had “home ec” but not sure they offer that class anymore

      And I did know a little bit about your sewing of clothes and length you needed (and how great when those Gloria Vanderbilt jeans came out for the slim and tall)
      And in wonder if you still own a sewing machine ?

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      1. I didn’t realize we chatted about this subject before – it must have been the jean topic and I mentioned the sewing of my clothes. I loved those Gloria Vanderbilt jeans – always had a backup pair for when they stopped making them.

        I have the sewing machine in its console but have not used it since early 1980s when I could buy clothes that did not look like they belonged to my younger sister … I am only 5′ 9″ tall, but had a 31″ inseam.

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    1. They made skirts? Right on and seems the sewing lessons were a good investment
      – one of the best things I ever made with a sewing machine was a green felt hat for a LINK costume
      It was easy and amateur but made with love and my three year old loved it so he dress up as Link (from Zelda)

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  11. Lovely pictures, Yvette! The one of the fabric frog brought back memories of back when those frogs were popular! I loved them! And the sewing machine brought back memories of my mother’s Singer sewing machine. She loved to sew and worked for many years off and on in garment factories. I did not get her talent there! I’m not so gifted in reading patterns, it would seem. And terrible with measuring lol. I will stick to crafts and crafting words! 😁

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    1. Hi – as I read that you did not get the talent for sewing instantly thought “but you instead got the gift for writing” and then as I read your comment you mentioned the word crafting – ha! We were on the same page!

      And i think you already know that you have the gift of edification or encouraging others — and that is just such a gift to the world

      I bet your mother really knew threads and fabric after all that Experience with sewing

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      1. Your comment gave me quite the chuckle, Yvette! Glad we’re on the same page. Crafting 🙂
        Awe, thank you! I appreciate that!
        Yes, Moma did! 🤗

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