Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Behind the scenes I've been working out the details for assemblages in my flower power series. I'm learning to use all kinds of tools, drills, saws, dremels, and so on. The items used are ones I made or collected. Here's a few I've been working on this past week. The flowers in this one will be stitched on the wood with rusty metal wire like a button to clothing. The piece of wood, pecky cypress, is large, about 18 x 12 inches and thick too. I'll have to have a sturdy hanger for it.

I like the texture variations in this one. I'm hesitant with these since I've never done assemblage before. I have to arrange and rearrange, then then come back in a day or two and rearrange some more. They're bits and pieces of life collected, memories weathered and worn, and the fresh flowers keeping them company. I have an idea to incorporate some of my photographs with these too.

I like the way the wire looks like its reaching for the 'fried eye' lavender flower in this one. Since I don't have the backs on these yet to hang them, I had to lay them flat for a photo. So I took them out on the driveway, the lighting seemed good for photos there. Thanks for reading and for your encouragement.


  1. Nice angel wing, and all in one piece!

  2. I love how the colors and textures complement and contrast. That wood is beautiful and needs to be displayed.

  3. The three pieces are all lovely, especially I love the first one. The colors, design, and the shape of the wood are fascinating. I found the surface of the driveway great. I at first thought it was a wall or something. The shells and the flowers are pretty too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is a fun post, very nicely written. I especially like your phrase, "bits and pieces of life collected, memories weathered and worn."

    Great ideas here. The "mad scientist," awash in creativity. :)

  5. Hi Patricia, thanks so much.\

    Hi Brian, thanks, and I didn't even know about angel wings and just looked them up and now this shell has special meaning to me. thanks ever so much for noticing that.

    Hi Lori, thanks, I just love all things provided so wonderfully by nature.

    Hi Sapphire, thanks, I am rethinking that first one wondering if I should make a few more of the ceramic pieces for them to encircle around the outside as a ring, simulating a growth ring of the tree?

    Hi Teresa, thanks, oh how many memories I have, so many I want to gather up to share and to keep,
    some so fleeting they are drifting away as I speak.

  6. I really like all of these, but the first one is my favorite. You mentioned perhaps adding more ceramic pieces. I must say the asymmetry is what draws me to it the most. And the wood too.. to me it is quite perfect the way you have it. Just an opinion.

  7. Hi Barbara, thanks, you know Gary is always saying to me less is more, and the asymmetry was my first in inclination, I think I'll stick with that. Sometimes I am so undecided but first reactiosn are often correct. Thanks

  8. Fabulous, fabulous!! :)..T.

  9. Thanks so muchy Trish, I needed that.


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