I know I’m really dating myself naming one of my collages after that ’60’s classic by Iron Butterfly…….but, I was invited to take part in a group exhibit with a theme of butterflies so this was my solution. I’m just not a butterfly-kind-of girl….so I needed to come up with an idea. Voila….the album cover of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida became my inspiration.

I used a variety of fabrics….including one fabulous hand-dyed piece from which all of the oranges, purples, and pinks were cut. Perfect ’60’s colors, don’t you think. I also embellished it with a lot of gold and pink metal leafing….to add a focal point since the whole thing was pretty much an in-you-face-kind of thing. Without the metallic it was pretty blah…. The metallic thread helped but it still needed a little more pizazz.  I’m thinking it will probably go to my grandson’s room when it’s done hanging.

Funny thing….when researching Iron Butterfly, looking for the image of the album cover, I read that the song was the longest recorded at that time…..17 minutes. It brought back memories of my college days when In-A-Gadda-da-Vida seemed to be playing everywhere, all the time. In fact, I can remember it blaring at noon hour in my sorority house. We’d go upstairs for lunch and when we came back downstairs it was likely still playing……Just a little blast from the past!


I kind of like this collage because it’s a departure from my usual look. It’s a good idea to shake up the comfortable style  sometimes……

2 Responses to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”

  1. Claudia Curtis Says:

    In-A-Gadda-da-Vida playing on and on and on. Boy, do I remember those days at college with you Pam. Wouldn’t trade that experience for anything either.


  2. Pam Says:

    Yeah….those memories of “the good ol’ days” make me smile!!

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