It was around Halloween when Tess asked me if I could make her a pillow out of the hankie Uta gave me of the tale of Struwwelpeter. I actually have a bunch of pieces from around then that I’m making for people. My goal is to get them done in the next few weeks. So where to start? I guess I just go with my urges. Yesterday when I was buzzing on my antibiotics, I designed this pillow.
The story of Struwwelpeter is a dark cautionary one about the dangers of not cutting your hair, and nails and not paying attention to what you’re doing. I think framing it with the flowers and ribboned corners gives it the feeling of being a page in a book. The decoration that might surround text or an illustration, helping to transport the viewer to a distant place in another time.