Thursday, 10 February 2011

William Blake mirror

I've always liked the idea of covering furniture in paper, words and pictures, so when I bought a cheap full length mirror with a hot pink frame from Brick Lane, I decided to try and cover it with poems. Blake is buried in Bunhill Fields, just next to where I work and I studied his poems for  A level so I have always had a soft spot for his work. In addition they are a lovely mixture of words and pictures which makes them perfect for this kind of project. I used an illustrated paperback copy of Songs of Innocence and Experience, cut out the poems and pictures and glued them round the frame, before covering them in sticky back plastic. If I did it again, I think I might use varnish instead, as this would act as a better seal. Nevertheless, the mirror had lasted a good while already and adds a literary element to blow drying my hair in the morning!