This past week, I have been working with great, giddy joy on a altered cigar box theater for my altered Shakespeare. Last time you saw him, he looked like this:
Okay, in all fairness, he still looks a lot like that; there’s just more of him. NOW, however, he has his very own little theatrical habitat, which has evolved over the course of the week, like this:
Here, the basic square cigar box has been altered with paint, a trio of pen nibs, lots and lots of layered collage materials, and some children’s blocks.
But soft! Is that play money that my mother’s husband used to play with in the 1950s? HOW DID YOU GUESS? There’s also a clock face with no hands. You know. Because Shakespeare is timeless like that.
Now the clock face has been finished off with a plastic coin (also from my mother’s husband’s stash) and a bead from a necklace donated to me by a knitter in Canada. I also added black Bingo markers under the triangles and two “columns.” I love “columns.”
All of this leads me to my question. Should I affix Shakespeare to the theater permanently? Or should I leave him unattached be so that whoever buys the piece can take him out, show him to people, reposition him on the stage, and so on?
Option One: Don’t Attach
OMG! I love to play with my altered Shakespeare doll!
Option Two: Do
Nobody plays with Shakespeare! Nobody!
What do you think?