Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
I love facades as a motif, particularly houses. They usually look nice, symmetrical and orderly. Sometimes a house might even resemble a face: the windows are eyes, the door a mouth. And although a house might look quite orderly from the front, what goes on inside it might be anything but.
After I found a compelling image of a miner’s cottage in the north of England, I decided that I wanted to make a wooden facade of it. How to make it stand? Why not a pair of legs? In my first drawing, the house had a ballerina’s head and two elegant arms as well, but after I made all of the pieces I decided that the legs were enough. That was the first version.
The second version caught fire.
I am not sure why — perhaps I thought that the first version was too nice. It seemed to imply that what went on inside the house was orderly too, and I wanted to suggest something else. And even though the house on fire has legs (complete with knee high stockings and slippers), it cannot exactly run away from what is going on inside, can it? It can’t save itself from its fate.
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