|Paper mache' box supplied by ArtEAST|
As a member of ArtEast (a fabulous gallery and organization, by the way!), I was asked to participate in their "Fill In The Blank" exhibit. Where the members (both artists and non-artists), were given 7"x7"x3" paper mache' boxes, and told "Your charge is to fill in this blank box in such a way as to represent yourself, spark conversation and inspire someone to declare ""You've got some explaining to do!"".
Here's the blank box on my table (definitely needing filling!)
It sounded like a fun project, so of course I signed up! But then I had to find something to fill it with.
I didn't have time to create a new piece of artwork for it... but perhaps I already had something I could use! As luck would have it, I had just taken apart a painting. It was a 1/4 flower-face from an attempt to make a whole, interchangeable art piece... but I didn't execute it well and wasn't happy with the results. I took it apart to experiment with silk that had been permeated with matte medium (which is how I normally get my paintings to adhere to canvas). It was flexible, but not soft and silky.
But it was perfect for the box!!
|Some of the items,|
I thought about incorporating
|The box with the main|
panel mounted, and edges
So I began to cut it up to fit the inside of the box.
I painted the edges and corners of the box a soft green to match the tone of the green in the painting. Then I began to glue in my pieces, and play with what else to fill the box with??
I paint on silk with dyes, so I needed a nod to that. I'm a crafter/maker too (and can't seem to escape that!), so I wanted a nod to that as well. I have a HUGE button .. collection (addiction?) and wanted to use some of them. And I have sold a lot of upcycled items including my most popular world-globe-based items - so I needed a nod to that as well.
Once I'd mounted the silk painting on the inside, and put scrap silks on the outside of the box. I began to try figure out the layout for the rest of the items.
|a small world globe in the |
form of a pencil sharpener
As the owner of Re-Covered Treasures, I have made and sold MANY world globe lampshades and world globe bowls. I found this nifty world globe pencil sharpener and thought it would be perfect in size and scale, to use in my box.
So I made this tiny globe into into those a pendant lamp & shade, and a bowl.
|Mini world globe lamp|
|Mini world globe bowl|
(with floral arrangement)
The bowls are typically used for holding floral arrangements so I made a little arrangement out of silk flowers which I painted with a touch of dye.
And the lampshade - I used a strip of silk which I pulled threads from until it looked like fringe. Then added a wire and a lightbulb (from an xmas light!), and then wired it right into the box - to hang like a pendant fixture!
|A few |
Then I chose a few silk tools (specifically a paintbrush, an eye-dropper, and a needle-tip applicator bottle). I even added a small chunk of loose/soft silk which has dyes on it - so people can see (and potentially feel) the way the silk really is before it's mounted.
I went through my vast array of buttons (oh say, 60lbs of buttons thanks to Ebay!) and found some that were of a similar color scheme. And I found 1 funky 60's pin in an orange-swirl pattern to use. Now to create a little bit of button-art.
I had one last thing to add to complete my box ... the labels that I wear (figuratively, most of the time) daily. Those I added, scattered around - because that's how I end up wearing them... randomly, often overlapping.
Here is my finished box. It's box #38 - and I hope you stop by ArtEAST to see all of the fabulous boxes that have been created!!
|My finished box for Fill In The Blank - at ArtEAST|