William Makepeace Thackery meets Crayola™

This piece is made from all the unblended colours Crayola™ released as crayons.  Crayola™ is the first brand that I remember being aware of. No other crayons would do (Crayola™s still are the best — and no, they haven’t sponsored me.)

Each shape in this piece corresponds to a word in Thackery’s novel of social climbing, “Vanity Fair”.  You may know Vanity Fair as a glossy American magazine about celebrities, but the term has a long history, dating back to John Bunyan’s “A Pilgrim’s Progress.”   There, Vanity Fair was a continual marketplace of ostentation and frivolity.

Combining childhood innocence with perpetual indulgence.   What could go wrong?