Xmas ready to go …wrapped & recycled.

Xmas ready to go …wrapped & recycled.

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

Xmas gifts wrapped using mostly recycled materials and ready to go…

 

Crisp white bread tissue paper, recycled blue string, dyed paper scrap, vintage 1950’s rubber stamp

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

 

Crisp white bread tissue paper, Xmas cutout from France, scrap pale green soft binding.

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

 

 

Mums handmade vintage crochet doily, scrap dishmop string, French scrap card

 

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

 

Mums beautiful hand-worked embroidery

 

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

 

 

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

Vintage French monogram cotton tea towel, found string, hand- stamped French tag

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

 

Indonesian sweet bag, scrap pale green ribbon, Xmas tag from France

 

Copyright Jenny Davis 2013

New Vintage finds and Upcycled

French Country Cottage Half Wall Vase or Planter I accidently broke this vase so upclycled it into a French country style wall ornament.
I sanded the edges and whitewashed the surface sanding it back to give a weathered look. I then drilled holes and added sculptural wire at the back to hold a plant or flowers. I then painted the  flowers with acrylic paints and Voila!  A French style half wall vase or planter for your garden or indoor wall.

 

2 Original Vintage Road – Railroad Lamps – Very Collectable – Vintage Industrial Rustic Decor

Large French cottage botanical print beautifully matted and framed behind glass with deep crimsons,creams yellow with a botanical “Elle`bore” fleur with 2 Butterflys

Vintage Industrial Rustic Decor

Original Vintage Industrial Double Spot Lights for Ceiling or Wall

Lovely twin lot of vintage spot lights.

 

 

Crazy Rust Dyeing

Lately I’ve been experimenting with natural dyeing processes for fabrics and papers. I’m trying out rust dyeing at the moment. I want to build up a collection of natural and rust dyed fabrics and papers so when my next creative spurt comes around, I’ll have plenty to work with.

Over the years I have collected heaps of metal for my sculpture welding so I have plenty of bits hiding on my property just rusting away. The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.

It only takes a couple of hours for marks to appear but I like to keep mine for up to a week or two so I can get deeper impressions and colours. I discovered if I wrap fabric around old pieces of copper pipe the amazing teal green and red patinas are transferred to the fabric as well.

I’m happy with the end result and see connections to the abstract marks I create in my paintings. There are paintings in themselves

Go to my tutorial on Rust Dyeing here

My favorite time of the year

OK! its hard garbage time in my neck of the woods. I’m a hoarder, so it’s really hard for me to throw anything out , if I think I can use it in my art and of course thats everything.

This year, I actually found some old mattress’s, a toaster and some odd bits of wood in the shed to throw- out for the garbage man. They are sitting out the front of my house now, waiting to be picked up.

I must not weaken and grab them back at the last minute. Now the toaster was a hard one to let go. “Could I pull it apart and use it in my sculpture or box assemblage?” No! I told myself I don’t need it and tossed it.

The other side of hard garbage for me is the delicious bits and pieces I find. Yes, I’m one of those scavengers; you probably hate, but I collect for good reason… It’s all art materials and I’m recycling . Most of my European Sculptures  were created from hard garbage I collected from Australia, UK and Europe.

Many artist around the world make wonderful Hard Garbage Art.

Lets face it,  most of  it goes into landfill stuffing up the earth anyway. So, why not? recycle it into something new and useful.

If the owners are around I do ask first and usually they are happy for me to take it. I have never had a problem. I’ve even made a few friends along the way. What a small world it is, when complete strangers know someone you know, or have the same interests as you.

The history behind the discarded item always fascinates me too, and this is sometimes the starting point in my creations.

So yesterday, on my way to shops I didn’t deliberately go out looking , but, on the communal rubbish heap at the end of my street, a couple of things beckoned to me.

I just couldn’t pass by the 2 large plastic, terrarium domes and an old skateboard with its spray painted artwork. Both will be perfect for my sculpture and installation work. Imagine the little worlds I could create inside those domes…

Now, what can I do with a toaster and the old microwave?

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