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Rebecca – inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s novel

Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca was the inspiration for an art dress assemblage I made last year and from what Tom tells me it’s one of his favourites.  I love Daphne Du Maurier’s work and looking back over the last couple of years, I’m surprised I haven’t made more than one such art dress or assemblage, based around her novels. So, when commissioned to create an art dress assemblage, inspired once again by Rebecca, I was really pleased.

Rebecca

My original Rebecca art dress.

Unlike my first Rebecca art dress, this commission is more like my most recent art dress assemblage work and includes the hard back cover of a copy of the novel. The art dress I’ve made is the one worn for the Manderley’s annual costume ball. In Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, Mrs. Danvers the housekeeper who adored her previous mistress – Rebecca, manipulates the new Mrs. de Winter into wearing a replica of the dress worn by Rebecca; the dress worn by Rebecca shortly before her death.

Daphne Du Maurier was born in 1907, grand-daughter of the brilliant artist and writer George du Maurier, daughter of Gerald, the most famous Actor Manager of his day. Coming as she did from a creative and successful family, I imagine it was inevitable that Daphne Du Maurier would begin writing. She began writing short stories in 1928, and in 1931 her first novel, ‘The Loving Spirit’ was published. It received rave reviews and further books followed. Then came her most famous three novels, ‘Jamaica Inn’, ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ and Rebecca’. Each novel being inspired by her love of Cornwall, where she lived and wrote. If you get the chance you really should read Rebecca, you’d enjoy it I’m sure. You can grab yourself a cheap copy or even an audio version off Amazon.  Click the link below to start searching.


Rebecca on Amazon

Or you could try and get it as your free audio book when you get a trial account at Audible, just click the link below. You can cancel your account any time but, you get to keep your first book, which is free. This offer is also available in the US and Canada too, I think this link will work…

Download any audiobook for £3.99 at Audible.co.uk
 
I still want to create an art dress assemblage inspired by Jamaican Inn, then there’s Frenchmen’s Creek and my cousin Rachel, I’m going to be kept busy.

Though this piece is not available in our  Our Etsy Shop. Our Etsy shop does have several other art dress assemblage and greetings cards for sale; we hope you enjoy viewing them. If you have any queries about this piece or any of the other pieces in our Etsy shop or, would like further information about Messie Jessie, please feel free to contact us via a “convo” through our Etsy shop or via e-mail at info@messiejessie.co.uk .

2 comments

1 Susan McShannon-Monteith { 12.10.12 at 3:02 pm }

Frenchman’s Creek was my favourite. Women were forbidden to take lovers and Dame DM wrote it with such passion and intrigue, even today it is provocative and creative…
Susan x

2 Sue { 12.10.12 at 8:51 pm }

Its been a few years since I read Frenchman’s Creek and I have to agree, I absolutley love it. My youngest is reading it right now and I think I’m goin to have to grab it when she’s finished.

Glad to hear that your purchase arrived safely :)

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