5.12.2009

Button Stars and Quilted Stripes

I make it a rule to not talk politics in public, but I am an American, and for all it's flaws there is no denying it's a beautiful country built on beautiful ideals.
It was with those ideals in mind
that I tried to give my Uncle Sam a look of hope.
I imagined him looking towards a bright future.

There are no such heady concepts behind the flag we made this week. I just wanted to play with our national symbol a bit. Yes, I'm aware that it's not an literal translation of the official flag of the United States, but it gets the idea across. It's obviously an American flag, despite it's 15-star and 2-stripe deficit.

Had I known how much time would be invested in this not-so-little flag of mine, I probably would have thought again. I really like how it came out though, even if it did take a big ole bite out of my red-button jar. I counted (as best I could with my daughter helpfully counting along) and there are 168 (give or take) buttons on this Old Glory. I took it with me to baseball practice and soccer games, doing a good impersonation of Betsy Ross.

While I had the red, white, and blue paints out I couldn't resist making a little Lady Liberty to keep Sam company. He's wishing I would have made her a little older. Apparently she's at that age where she just asks "Why?" over and over and over. Good thing Uncle Sam is a patient man, he has a lot of explaining to do.

14 comments:

  1. Great!! Love your Sam with the clock looking forward to the future!!
    what is in the jar or bowl at the top?

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  2. Thanks canngil!
    Buttons. :)

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  3. OMG...I don't know where to start! Okay First the flag which is my favorite...I love buttons and I love it! I think the faces you paint on your dolls are MARVELOUS!:)
    Meri

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  4. Uncle Sam's face is definitely hopeful...beautifully done.
    The flag is amazing...I love buttons too but I'm so grudging when I use them.
    When I was a kid we rounded out our play-money with button coins...maybe that's why.

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  5. I'm really enjoying this group of figures Jo...but don't I say that every week!

    Have a good one you two!!
    Laurie

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  6. Your flag is a beauty! And given my Australian-ness, I'm not too fussed about the 'stripe' and 'star' deficit and too blown away by it's gorgeousness.

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  7. TOTALLY gorgeous Sam!! I love it!!

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  8. Love your patriotic pieces and the flag is a such a creative piece. I need to start doing some for myself.

    Debbie

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  9. Love all your new pieces, the flag is totally awesome! My favorite however is your Uncle Sam. I have never found renditions of him particularly benign looking, infact he can often look downright threatening. Given that a feeling of hope can help us all when dealing with
    various crisis and hardships, your Uncle Sam
    is absolutely perfect! THIS is how Uncle Sam should look!

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  10. Jo,
    I love Uncle Sam.I appreciate that he does not look like a grumpy old man:)
    The flag is also a stunning piece. I never count those flag stripes. Funny how artists can capture the essence of a subject and numbers have to take a back seat:).

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  11. Uncle Sam is wonderful! ☺

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  12. WOW, how do you do it girl? Your work is simply amazing and I love it all! I like the Uncle Sam (of Hope)... we so need it right now! Great job!
    Have a great Wednesday.
    Cheers!

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  13. Another amazing offering from an amazing artist!

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  14. Uncle Sam is amazing!! I love his look but that flag is just unreal!! Love love love it and those buttons!! Wow!
    Little Liberty girl is just adorable.

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