Looking at Mars mission photos, I was struck by the contrast between scenes of a rocky, lifeless planet and the rich, fanciful portrayals of Mars in popular culture. I prefer a fanciful Mars. A place, where flora and fauna from the pages of Ernst Haekel’s book, “Artforms in Nature”, fill a Ray Bradbury inspired world and a 50’s Sci-Fi alien femme fatal watches a song, sung by my sister in girlscout camp to the melody of “The Snake Charmers Tune”, weave it’s way though the landscape.
this quilt is whole cloth painted with textile paints 37″ x 62″ 2004
If you would like to see step by step how I made this quilt look in the May archives
This won Judges choice at IQF Houston, Judges Choice and Viewers Choice at the Glendale Quilt Guild Show
My sister, who’s work you can see on my links, learned this song in Girl Scout camp when we were kids in Maine. the song goes like this.
There’s a place called Mars,
where the ladies smoke cigars.
Every puff they take
is enough to kill a snake.
When the snake is dead,
they put roses on its head.
When the roses die,
they put diamonds in their eyes.
When the diamonds break,
it will be 1968.
I love to hear when some one else knows this song or a close variation (not the one about france and ladies under pants). When I was in Houston I had people from all over New England, upstate New York and Pennsylvania tell me they learned this song in the early 60′s. Another woman from Tennesee jumped rope to it in the late 50′s. It was also known by someone in Colorado and another from Southern California from the late 50′s. A woman from New jersey said she knew it with tulips and I think it ended in 1969.