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Art/Words: The Time Traveler’s Wife | Chedva | November 9, 2012

time traveler's wife and art


“Wings.” she says, dropping the white sheet to the floor.

The wings are huge and they float in the air, wavering in the candlelight. They are darker than the darkness, threatening but also redolent of longing, of rushing through space. The feeling of standing solidly, on my own two feet, of running, running like flying. The dreams of hovering, of flying as though gravity has been rescinded and now is allowing me to be removed from the earth a safe distance, these dreams come back to me in the twilit studio … The wings are silent, their edges ragged. I cannot speak.

ART: Paperdremy on Etsy | WORDS: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my favorite books. The darkness, the magic, the melodic prose, and yes, the love story, of course. Claire Abshire, the love of Henry’s life, is a paper artist, much like author Audrey Niffenegger, and I found myself drawn to the paragraphs that described her art. A few weeks ago I saw this “paperdremy” piece on a blog and it just clicked. By the way, here are photos of Claire and Henry’s house from the (less then great) movie, via Hooked On Houses.

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3 comments to the post

  1. Emily Henson says:

    Lovely paperdermy!
    Have you read Her Fearful Symmetry also by Audrey Niffenegger? I read it last year when we had just moved back to London and it’s set near us in Highgate, North London so it struck a chord. Interesting book…

    • Chedva says:

      Yes, I have! Interesting is the right word. I loved it, but some of my friends thought it was weird. Maybe I’ll re-read it soon to see what I think about it now.

  2. Nicola says:

    Chedva! I can’t believe you’ve written this. This is one of my favourite books. I love the way she writes – and the fact she’s a paper maker too makes me love her even more. I didn’t see the film when it came out for fear of being disappointed, eventually I did and I was.

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