Monday, December 17, 2012

Weekly challenge December 17 (Victorian)

The Victorian Era

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was the first English monarch to see 
her name given to the period of her reign whilst still living. 
Her reign of 63 years and seven months (which is longer than that of any 
other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history) 
is known as the Victorian era. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, 
after her father's three older brothers had all died 
without surviving legitimate children.

Architecture was elaborate,

the institution of afternoon tea became popular, 

industrial progress and  
colonial expansion were happening . . . 

it was an era of ostentation . . . 

excessively romantic but a time of fastidious morals.


I love to visit neighborhoods with Victorian architecture.



The challenge this week is to create something with Victorian flavor!

Isn't it fun to wander through a thrift shop 
and find some fabulous jewelry to upcycle?

How gorgeous is this butterfly?

 Use a holiday theme or not.
A Victorian Christmas always sounds intriguing, warm, and cozy to me!


Not all was ostentatious upper class living, however, in Victorian times. 
There was a sharp difference between rich and poor. 
Charles Dickens was a fierce critic of the poverty and 
social stratification of Victorian society. The themes run through 
his writings, like Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.


Ebenezer Scrooge [source]

 Don't forget that Steampunk is described as
“Victorian science fiction” according to TOR.COM.
“Steampunk” references the Victorian time period and aesthetic,
the industrialized 19th century. It uses this existing technology 
and structure to imagine an even more advanced 19th century.

If steampunk is your favorite, let's see it!

So on with the challenge!
Here's a slight twist on Inspiration Avenue's weekly challenge:

Creative time is sometimes short during the holidays, so feel free to
take this Victorian fashion image and use it to create your entry.

I can see it dressed up for the holidays, collaged or altered digitally,
colored, cut out, or whatever takes your fancy!
Use this image, or create your own bit of Victoriana
the choice is yours.

(Can you imagine having to spend the day 
bundled up in all that fabric?)

Leave the link to your entry with Mr. Linky below
by December 23 at noon eastern time.
Please link back to Inspiration Avenue as well!

Happy creating!


lorik said...

A most informative and beautifully illustrated snapshot of the Victorian era! I enjoyed reading it very much.

I once lived in a Victorian house - what was a workers cottage. Most of the houses there are restored Victorian houses. I should go back and take some photographs!

Shelinwa said...

Oh Awesome Maggie I so hope I can play this week!!! Your pics are wonderfully examples of Victorian!

Catharine said...

I thought this silhouette had a Victorian feeling to it? Best Christmas cheer to all :)

Lou Anne said...

I love all of the examples Maggie provided. The steampunk cat is especially cute. Victorian houses are a favorite of mine as well. Thanks for a great challenge, Maggie!

peggy gatto said...

I love that cat!!!!!!!!!

Ron said...

Another outstanding post. Like all the different media and subjects. That jewelry displayed is magnificent and those house a pure eye candy. Keep up the good work.

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