Saturday, January 07, 2012

wall envy

For Christmas this year, Dan's parents gave me a lovely piece of art by Louise Verity at Wall Envy Art I discovered Wall Envy quite by mistake a couple of months ago. I love typography so it was an instant hit with me, and the combination of one quote painted boldly onto a page of smaller text really works. It was hard to choose a favourite - perhaps we should just paper our flat with book pages and invite Louise to come and paint quotes all over it? In the end I chose a piece with a line from a poem which I think sums up Dan and I quite well. The poem in question is Arthur O'Shaughnessy's "Ode"
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,

Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;

World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:

Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
The first one, the Christmas present, just had the first 2 lines. When we put it up on the wall in our hallway there was a fairly obvious space for a second so we ordered one with the last 2 lines to go with it.

For me, the words are a reminder of an Eden Burning song I loved during my teenage years which was inspired by the poem.

Incidentally, if you are of the same generation as me and long to listen to Eden Burning even though your cassette player packed up ages ago, The Hatchery (a best-of EB album) is available for download with a suggested charity donation of £5.


  1. Isn't that quoted in the Gene Wilder 'Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory' - that's what I immediately thought of! It's lovely!

  2. I love it - excellent! And yes I'd forgotten about Eden Burning!

  3. AHRGH RACH, I really thought it might be a lencularis- I remember that was a 60 point cloud in the Cloud collector's handbook! Soooooo glad you agree with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Lenticular! Sorry I always call them Lencularis! Goodness knows why!



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