Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Coffee Cantata Continues

Spent time cutting more skirts out of cardboard and pinning them to sheets of paper in the wall. The lines have become paths. The delicacy of the line that I first fell for, in the bottom of the coffee cups, is lost, but I like the strength of the paths, Also love the cardboard. Now; do I use the out lines.... the cardboard.....cut the lines out of left over plywood. Or, none of the above.

About the Coffee Cantata, here is what Wikipedia says" (BWV 211) is a secular cantata written by Johann Sebastian Bach between 1732 and 1734. Although classified as a cantata, it is essentially a miniature comic opera. In a satirical commentary, the cantata amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee, a pressing social problem in eighteenth century Leipzig, where this work was premiered. The cantata's libretto (written by Christian Friedrich Henrici) features lines such as "If I can't drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment, I will shrivel up like a piece of roast goat"—a sentiment that would likely have been appreciated by the patrons of Zimmermann's Coffee House in Leipzig, where Bach's Collegium Musicum, founded by Georg Philipp Telemann in 1702, would have originally performed the work."

Coffe skirt 1
Coffe skirt 2
Coffe skirt 3

Panel 1

Panel 2


  1. Liz, I am so enjoying your Coffee Cantata! It simplifies everything to lines and movement which greatly appeals to me.

    I've a little bin of used Starbucks sleeves if you need more. Haven't figured out what to do with them yet myself and would be more than happy to send them along.

    Now...time for my morning coffee. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much for the very kind offer Jennifer. While i love the sleeves especially if they are made out of cardboard my heart is still with the coffee cups. Although, as you can se the sleeves are asking questions.....any answers?

  2. I too am enjoying your work with coffee cups.

    1. Thanks Judy, so glad you are! Think I'll go off for a coffee today, so nice when I can consider it work. Or at least research.


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