A Red Hat


Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein is considered one of the most innovative pieces of Modernist writing. Select a short passage from Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons from either Objects or Food. Develop a vignette that visually interprets the chosen passage. The works of Gertrude Stein is valued more of sounds and rhythms than the meanings themselves. So her works provide a good start point and enough flexibility for us to improvise.

Here is the original piece:

A dark grey, a very dark grey, a quite dark grey is monstrous ordinarily, it is so monstrous because there is no red in it. If red is in everything it is not necessary. Is that not an argument for any use of it and even so is there any place that is better, is there any place that has so much stretched out.

I found this piece doesn’t make sense itself, but the first two lines somehow triggered a murder scene in my head. I am always interested in suspenseful stories. So I decided to show the feeling of a mysterious murder.