fairy tale homes: snow white
(after her stepmother tries to kill her, snow white escapes to the cottage of seven friendly miners. they let her decorate their place, with hints of her favorite friends and bright colors. and when they ask, she makes them pie with dreams on top, as if eating food can change her fate.)
“She will grow in grace and Beauty”
A historical twist on Aurora from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, inspired by the wonderful Historically Accurate series by the insanely talented Claire Hummel.
Since the artwork of Sleeping Beauty was inspired by medieval tapestries, I turned to the tapestry we’ve probably all seen. (Yeah, that was totally on the wall of the Gryffindor Common Room). And this was made around the time of King Charles VII, giving me a time period of around 1430s. In the film, women are wearing hennins (the cone hats). Featured here is a common shape you’d see for the nobility. Aurora is a princess, but everyone and their mother has her in that crown, so this is a more subtle nod to it.
This was a nice little art break from my senior thesis, so enjoy and look forward to more!
This is one of the most telling parts of the movie. I mean, this is a fourteen year old girl who has just been chased out of her home by a woman trying to kill her into an uncharted part of the woods, with no supplies and nowhere to go, and she’s ashamed of the fact she was noticeably upset instead of keeping her calm and cheerful demeanor. If even one of these things happened to me, I’d be too busy freaking out to have any concern for the fact I fight have frightened a rabbit or two. Still don’t understand how people can think she’s a weak princess. You go Snow White.
And the song she sings next (“With a Smile and a Song”) goes along with showing how strong she is. “There’s no use in grumbling when raindrops come tumbling, remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” She realizes that she has to be able to make herself happy because she can’t trust anyone to do it for her. YOU have to take the initiative and decide to be happy. She understands that no one is going to coddle her and say “oh poor Snow White here let me give you things to make you happy blah blah blah”. And crying about it isn’t going to change the fact that it’s happening. I mean, no one can convince me this 14 year old girl isn’t smart or brave.