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Friday, April 4, 2014

"Cambridge University", Away From Home, Lynn Cohen

Fast forward to 1963. I'm now 22 years old. I had traveled (after Mexico) to Europe (Spain, France, Israel, alone). I met my first husband in Israel, (1961) an Israeli living on a Kibbutz. A fast four month romance and wedding. A year later we took a trip to the US via Europe for him to meet my parents and vice verse. In London we stayed with his aunt and uncle. A side trip to Cambridge where we visited the university there. We met up with Stephen, a young African man who'd stayed at the Kibbutz a while, now a student at Cambridge. And we were photographed at the University with Stephen and we all made it into an issue of EBONY magazine that year!

I quickly sketched this section at the college with a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, black, SX.
I made that bag I have slung over my shoulder at the Kibbutz in  a craft class. (Early Lynn Art).
(It was some form of stitching on a plastic netting material and then sewing the sides together, it was orange and brown). Memories!

13 comments:

  1. i just had to zoom in to see you and the bag! this is very cool lynn.. you might have just created a travel blog a long time ago and share your wonderful stories with sketches.. but of course we are enjoying them now over here. nice details of the college!

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    1. No, I created this drawing yesterday from an old photo from my travels yester-year (1963). There were no blogs in those days. It's amazing that we have them now and can revivify our lives this way, though isn't it? So glad you are enjoying them along with me, and sharing your own here (all of you). It's very gratifying.

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  2. Love all the detail you have put into your sketch of Cambridge. What memories you have of the times you spent on your travels, thanks for sharing with us :-)

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    1. Glad you are enjoying this Ann. The buildings in Cambridge were awesome. Yes, I have some really special memories of things I have seen and visited in my life time.

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  3. You have travelled a lot, Lynn! Thank you for sharing so many intresting stories. Your drawing is so lovely. And the bag you had made in Israel.

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    1. I have traveled a bit haven't I? It was a childhood dream and one I made come true over and over again. I still make travel plans! You will see more, just be patient. ;-)

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  4. Great detail to your sketch of the college! It is funny to look at photos from those times and see that we always dressed up...men in suits and women in dresses or skirts. You have so many interesting stories. I tried to zoom in on the photo and see the detail to the bag. lol

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    1. Thanks Joan. Yes, it was especially funny to see my husband, a Kibbutznik, farmer, who I'd never seen in a suit or tie suddenly wear them during these travels away from Israel. He would not be wearing a tie in Israel ever! No one does or did then. And me in a skirt, that too was an anomaly. Again today it is not a part of my normal wardrobe. The bag was sort of an Aztec design of triangles from point to wide to point again and in shades of orange, yellow, brown and black as I recall now.

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  5. Wow Lynn, that's a terrific architectural drawing with so much detail, and - to me - such an 'English' subject.

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    1. Thanks Jez, glad you enjoy my version of English architecture!

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  6. Such a great drawing of the cathedral, and I love seeing the picture of you there!

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    1. Thank you Margaret, it was fun for me to come across that photo after all these years later.

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  7. Beautiful. Your details are lovely.

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