From Trash to Treasure

Well I think so anyway!  I fully appreciate that these pieces will appeal to a minority audience but I have enjoyed using my found pieces in a way that pleases me.  Here are two of the three final objects in their original state – an anorak cuff and a rolled up piece of rubber, original purpose unknown:

I knew that I could see potential in both of these items – lots of lovely texture – but knew also that they needed more.  I decided to construct a third piece using some found black plastic, made interesting by the sea.  I then played about with different additions until I found what I wanted, and added stitch.

I wanted to make each piece interesting on the outside and the inside and felt that they worked best as a trio.  I plan to sit them on a piece of found wood (yet to be retrieved from my stash in a nearby garage!) and hope to source something like a vintage taxidermist glass dome to go over the top.  Here are the three pieces now:

Black cream and rust trio

These images do not show what is going inside the three vessels – you’ll just have to come along and see them during the Chichester Art Trail to see the full effect – Chichester Art Trail 2018

 

Light and Shadow

Abstract shapes original

I am almost exclusively interested in landscape in my art work although my outlook is a little broader with photography.  I recently came across the original images that I took whilst on a short holiday in Lanzarote in 2014 and, as I am now further along my artistic path, saw them with fresh eyes.  I was particularly drawn to the shots that I took which considered the strong light and shade of that November in the Canaries where the shadows cast were so different to those that we see here in the UK.  I began to instinctively want to crop them to emphasise the abstract shapes created on the walls around our villa.  I played with photoshop a little, altering light and dark, shadow and contrast and saw that a single starting point could yield a vast range of images by using different crops and treatment.  The next step will be to recreate what is seen here using paper and various mixed media – primarily ink, gels, charcoal and my latest find, cold wax.

There may be a lesson here to show that it is always worth re-visiting work years later and seeing it anew – you may be surprised at the potential in what you had discarded.

Abstract shapes 1

Light and dark 1.jpg

Light and dark 3.jpg

More Walls 3More Walls 4.jpg

Walls Crop II 3.jpg

Here are just a few examples – I love the simplicity of form yet opportunity to play with texture that exist here – what do you think?