This is a clock I pulled together a couple of years ago. At the time I called it altered art. Maybe the term should have been functional art.
I like to take things and make them more colorful, unique or interesting.
This piece was a metal wall art that I picked up in the clearance aisle at TJ Maxx. I altered it by painting it, decoupaging, and writing on it. I guess that is my take on altered or functional art.
Many scrap-bookers or card makers have seen their craft evolve into altered art. My scrap-booking style is simple.I am inspired, though, by Liz who takes it to the next level.
I sometimes refer to what I do as creatively going green. Like repurposing these boring letter holders.
I like looking at the mundane with new eyes and thinking how I could make it something unique and worthy of notice.
This one of a set of old bar stools I painted up for a show.
I try to visualize something with a new coat of paint, some stripes (usually black and white) or maybe some polka dots , or often times, both. I also love to add quotes or words to my work whenever possible.
More than once I have found something at the store and when I go to check out I am forced by my need to feel cool to try and explain to the sales associate that I will be painting this lamp, clock, vase or whatever . Forget saying I'm going to alter it. They usually don't know what I am talking about nor do they care. I wish I didn't care but I must admit I don't want them to think that I am so taste deprived that I would take this ugly butt purchase as is and put it in my home if I didn't think I could make it into something noteworthy.
Last week I bought some trays with Betty Boop on them. I apologize to all the Betty Boop fans but really, I'm a grown woman with a mortgage. I couldn't buy that tray without trying to explain myself.
So now when I try and convey to people what I do I guess I will be using the term functional art. To me found art sounds like I went through people's garbage. I think I like the word functional better. So functional it is.
In trying to scour up examples of switched up pieces I went back through my photos. I rediscovered the pictures I used in this post. These are pieces I did a couple of years ago for our first Traveling Door sale. It is fun to look back and watch my style evolve. I wonder where I am headed next?
I am grateful for artsy friends and an inspiring daughter and an also creative and supportive mom. They all encourage me to try new things and to take a leap of faith because in the end the worst that can happen is I have to paint over it.
Brambleberry Cottage. I hope you can follow me there.