Thursday, May 14, 2009

Introducing. . . .

Ethel Rose

and Emma Violet.

I showed you all Emma Violet quite a while ago and I've been working off and on (mostly off) on Ethel Rose.

Ethel and Emma are identical twin sisters. They have lived together all their lives. A long time ago, Emma had a stroke and it left her wheelchair-bound, and affected her speech. Ethel has full-time care of her twin sister. When they were little girls, their mother dressed them in pink and purple (accordingly).

Now they are older, they no longer look identical and they wear lots of colors besides pink and purple. Their parents are gone, Ethel's husband is gone, neither twin had any children, there's just the two of them.

They like to go out to their favorite neighborhood bar and have a beer (or two, or three). Emma really likes her beer and gets very happy and sociable after a few. It's easier to understand her speech then too.

I met these dear ladies one night when I was lost, driving around a residential neighboorhood looking for someplace that was open so I could ask directions. I finally noticed a little hole in the wall bar called Caroline's and I stopped.

As I was walking up to the door, there were two older women, one in a wheel chair. This was before the days of ADA so there was quite a struggle to get the wheelchair across the gravel parking lot and into the bar. I assisted with holding purses, hats, coats, while the regulars inside got Emma and her wheelchair inside.

There was a flurry of greetings -- seems these ladies were still the belles of the ball -- and beers handed out all around. Ethel is quite the talker and had me captivated, first with the news they were twins, then with stories of their youth, with Emma correcting her when she got carried away with the story.

I had such a fun time with these two ladies that I never made my original engagement. I bought Emma a beer (or two -- she wasn't driving after all), and I would occasionally go back and see them at the bar on Friday nights. Ethel was always vivacious, Emma a little more quiet due to her speech difficulties, but she always had a smile on her face.

Some close ups for you:

The pictures were transferred to the fabric using the heat tool method and colored with crayon, colored pencil, fabric pens and embroidered details. Each one is small -- less then 16" (I forgot to measure them).
I had a lot of fun doing these and thinking about old times.