So what exactly is Film Noir? This was Sharon Fitzatrick's explanation, as it was her turn to come up with the theme:
Film Noir The phrase film noir was first coined in 1946 by a group of French critics to describe the emerging movement of mainly black and white Hollywood films with dark, pessimistic themes and signature motifs such as alienated antiheroes, rain slicked streets, dark shadows and seductive femme fatales.
This movie was my inspiration!
I have always loved the 1946 black and white movie, The Spiral Staircase. George Brent is a favorite of mine and he was wonderful in this film. I've seen it numerous times and will watch anytime I see it on TV! The premise of the movie is a serial killer targets disabled women! And you always see just this 'eye' looking at disabled women and at Dorothy McGuire, who is a mute, throughout the movie. The spiral staircase leads to the wine cellar where he tricks his housekeeper...and the plot thickens! HA
I didn't want to do just black and white so I found a spiral staircase on Google (where else!) and printed it out on fabric. I added the red fabric to represent blood. I know creepy and gory isn't it!
Next up, I cut a hole in the center of the staircase and happened to have a left over 'eye' from our challenge, The Eyes Have It! Perfect fit!
I also cross hatched/free motion quilted the red background as well as stitching around the stairs.
I can't wait to see what the others have done. I'm sure as always they will be fantastic. This is a talented, wonderful group of artists....BUT I am sad to say I am leaving the group. This is my last challenge. I joined the group November 2012 and posted my first challenge, Self Portrait January 2013. I have completed 25 challenges, taking a few months off when my wrists were holding me back.
The challenges are due every two months and the size is small enough to complete but I want to do more hand work and focus on larger pieces and designs. I know I will miss the group but I'll continue to follow their challenges! Hope you also check out what these talented folks do throughout the year on their blog!