Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Remember, Remember..

..The fifth of november,
Gunpowder Treason and plot.
I see no reason, why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

A special post for all the british readers of this blog. Tonight is of course Bonfire night. For those non-brits who have no idea what this is about,it is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, England.

It is primarily marked in the United Kingdom where it was compulsory, by Royal Decree, to celebrate the deliverance of the King until 1859.

Children were taught the rhyme, so that they would learn what would happen if they committed treason. Guy fawkes was of course executed.

The evening is nowadays celebrated by bonfires, huge firework displays (or little displays in the back garden, mostly consisting of trying to write your name with sparklers), and hot food, on what is predictably a very cold evening. Traditionally a "guy" ( a person made from old clothes and straw) is made by children and burnt on the bonfire. Children used to make the guy and stand in the street with asking for "a penny for the guy" from passers-by. Thankfully this begging tradition seems to have died out.

so anyway, this is what this piece represents.

as I have used mostly blacks and browns I am entering it for the created by hand challenge. The image and stamps are all by Inka.

The inchy by inch challenge also has bonfire night as it's theme, so I have made this inchie. The stamp is from a studio g clear set. The date is an office stamp. The eyelet was an accident, it split as I set it with my cropadile, so I decided to just cut some of it off


  1. Gorgeous pieces! Interesting history behind Bonfire Night. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Joanne, this is a fabulous piece. I didn't know about the bonfire bit. I had, of course, heard of Guy Fawkes.

  3. Very nice, and interesting as well. Well done, Joanne!

  4. Love both pieces, especially the background on remember remember nicely collaged & great blend of colours.

  5. Great inchy Joanne - that eyelet looks like part of a Catherine Wheel. Inspired!

  6. Love the background on the first piece, Joanne. Lovely image too. The broken eyelet looks fab, what a happy accident. :-)

  7. Oh I so enjoyed reading the information that you posted that accompanied your black and brown piece. Very clever indeed. Love the corner out of the tiny piece...brilliant touch.

  8. Very nice! I like the cut off corner!

  9. your firework inchie is brilliant!!!

  10. It looks amazing! I just love the eyelet effect. It looks like firework. Great job!

  11. Joanne, what a lovely card!

  12. i never did agree with bonfire night ~ Weird to 'celebrate' such things and also burning effigies....

    but your art is great and your inchie fabulous Joanne!

  13. Great piece. I'm glad you are all enlightening us on what the day is for. Hmmm, well, I chose Guy Fawkes opinion (I am american after all) and made mine a little differently.

    I would never have guessed your brad was an accident if you hadn't told.


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