Good morning everyone…
A couple of weeks back I was reminded that the club challenge, or “theme” this year was Once Upon a Time. As you all know I am rather occupied these days, getting to know first hand living with cancer in my LIFE. However, the idea was one that stuck with me for a for a few days, & I found that I was gathering up “pieces” in my “studio”.
In PL you know there is Precept, # 19, BEGIN ONCE YOU PERCEIVE
I reflected on how once the bathroom was a very “NEW” concept in a lot of homes. there was a time when people used an “out house” Some were very primitive, but they were a place where one could have privacy when needed.
When people could afford the indoor plumbing, it was often something that had to be fit into an existing home. Reinvention of space, closets were repurposed, or a larger room if the family could afford to do so was partitioned for the new plumbing.
Toilet, sink, was for the most part what went in, some homes could accommodate a bath tub, but not often, Families of 4,5,6 even more, lived in small 1 and 2 bedroom flats. The war-time houses were usually small two,three bedroom bungalows. Kitchen, living room, small bathroom and two bedrooms.
The bathroom was really the only room where when you went in, you were alone, at least for a short time.
Then came the telephone, it was only available here and there, when you got one in your home, it was attached to a wall, or smack in the living room.. no such thing as much privacy,. Then the extensions came along, and you could put a phone in another room, the younger generation would try to pull the cord into the bathroom so they could have conversations with their friends without being overheard by siblings and/or adults
Dad got to read his newspaper in quiet, till the room was needed by someone else. Once upon a time the bathroom was a very “special” place. Now in modern homes, in today’s society, everyone wants their own bathroom, and guess what, it is only used for “immediate” needs (like the outhouses of old) and vacated. Usually the bathrooms are cold, efficient, sterile and lacking in any “family” character or warmth. They are functional!
Thus my contribution to “Once Upon a Time” was conceived and put into a visual expression.
Life is ever changing, roll with the changes, all while trying to retain the art of “caring” (sharing)
PL Precept #1 Life is Art
* photo doesn’t show it well, but on the small table is a black rotary dial telephone.
*minatures, or original pieces using “apoxie sculp”t and “paperclay”