Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yard Sale Bangles

Yesterday's yard sale finds inspired me to get busy with the bangles. To give them my twist, I wrapped them in pieces of vintage scarfs. An old broach gave one some bling and embroidery thread and vintage buttons embellished the others.
Now where can I find some more bangles???

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Treasure Hunt

It's a beautiful morning here in Key West. A a good morning to get some exercise and search for some hidden treasures. I took my bike for a ride down some of the side streets and came across a couple of good yard sales to rummage through.
I usually don't know what I'm looking for when I begin my search, it really depends on what catches my eye. Somethimes something with inspire me to creat right when I find it. Other times, things sit for awhile.
Here is a photo of my finds for the day. I think the orange bangle bracelets are calling me....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The gate is open, come on in...

This is where I hide the junk and organize the craziness! It has a door, so we don’t have to look at it when we need to give our eyes a rest. I feel very fortunate to have a space dedicated to my art. This is Key West however, so space is limited. Sometimes when we have guests, the air mattress goes into this room to take care of the overflow. I do give our family and friends the courtesy of covering up the mannequin head and hiding the jar of teeth.
I think that for an artist I am very organized. This stems from my Mother, a treat I am grateful she passed on to me. A good friend of mine gave me a label maker, which has really helped me. How else would I remember where I put the rusty nails or dice? I keep adding storage boxes because this stuff grows! Having it all around me while I work gives me inspiration. While I’m working on a piece I’ll rummage thru the stuff, and something will tell me “You need to add me,” so I do. I try to be a good listener.

Monday, January 16, 2012

The beginning of a new year is a good time for me to reflect on what took place in 2011 and dream of what opportunities are out there for me in the coming months. It is a good time for me to start this blog.

My purpose for this blog is to share my artist process in creating my assemblage sculptures, funky junk jewelry or whatever has caught my fancy at that time. Hopefully you will share your thoughts with me. We can inspire each other and get those creative juices flowing.

I will take you behind the iron gates here in Key West to my studio where I store my bins and boxes and jars of crazy stuff. My friends look at me sometimes and say “What the heck are you going to do with that?” You’ll see…………