The Hardware store, whether Big Box or independent, inspiration everywhere...
|Color explosions: gourds, paint chips, orchid, fall leaves.|
With my first post coming up here at AJE, I wanted to make it a good one, interesting to you readers out there - and introduce myself a bit as well. I am a mixed media artist, and lately I have been making more and more wearable work. I do have an Art School background in metals and painting - and taught full time art for 12+ years... But the last ten years, (Oh how time does fly...) I have been primarily in the studio. This week - I also found myself in the hardware store...
|So much potential... epoxies, copper and PVC tubing, clear tubing, washers, tanks of gas, copper pipes/caps.|
I purchased some 1/4" PVC tubing ( so cheap!) and those copper end caps... ooh I have a bracelet idea... (thats another post, let me make one and I will show you!) I thought I would share with you a few of my mixed media pieces and their hardware store ingredients.
|"Great Wave" amulet: PVC pipe, brass, felt, paints, raku bead, leather, wire. This amulet style bead was inspired by Robert Dancik's book "Amulets and Talismans". It may or may not have a secret message inside...|
|"Whispered Tales": wire, silk, gems, copper, nickel, twig, micro fasteners, cedar, paint, chain, resin. (Full story: here. ) Would you believe that the base for this entire piece is cedar? Yes! Sawed from a cedar shingle meant to be hung in the closet.|
|I used epoxy putty in this bezel to set a hand made button by Sandi Volpe.|
|Evidence: copper pipe visible in this pix of sketches for the "Inspired by Travel" challenge.|
|"Inspired by Germany" : copper, resin, key, calcedony, micro fasteners, images, mica. Read all about it here.|
Surprised you with the cedar shingle, didnt I? What unusual materials do you use in your work? What is your best hardware store find? I look forward to hearing from you...