Art Dress Assemblage – What Katy Did

Now we’re in March I can see that spring has arrived; the delicate but hardy snowdrop has had its time, the bright yellow of our daffodils alluding to the spray of colours yet to come.

Daffodils mark the end of winter

This put me in mind of a poem by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey – Time To Go, the opening verse which reads:

They know the time to go!
The fairy clocks strike their inaudible hour
In field and woodland, and each punctual flower
Bows at the signal an obedient head
And hastes to bed.

So who was Sarah Chauncey Woolsey? We know her better for her novels rather than her poetry; to me her most well known novel was What Katy Did.  Have you worked out who she is yet? Of course, it’s Susan M. Coolidge.

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Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

Born January 29, 1835, Sarah Chauncey Woolsey worked as a nurse during the American Civil War (1861–1865), after which she started to write. What Katy Did, was published in 1872 under her pseudonym Susan M. Coolidge.

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Art Dress Assemblage - What Katy Did

So far I’ve looked to classic English novels for the inspiration for my art dress assemblages. Perhaps now is the time to balance the books some, what better inspiration than What Katy Did – a novel about a 12 year old girl forever getting into scrapes but wishing to be beautiful and beloved.

To findout more about the author – Susan M. Coolidge and the novel, try these Wikipedia pages – the author or the novel .  If you would like to read the novel, it is avilable free and in several different formats, here at the wonderful Project Gutenberg.  If you’ve lost your copy of the novel and would like to buy it again, then you can always try Amazon  What Katy Did (Wordsworth Children’s Classics)

As usual the dress is available in my Etsy Store.  If you like the bunting used in the photographs, it was made by my daughter and is also available on Etsy.


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2 Replies to “Art Dress Assemblage – What Katy Did”

  1. She sure did 🙂

  2. Love it Sue, so sweet and Spring-like…
    Sarah picked a perfect name to use as an author didn’t she.
    Susan x

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