I’ve been working on some more functional art for Matter Gallery in Olympia. It was fun working on the pieces and a little hard to hand them off – like saying good-bye to your children. Check out their shop either online or in person, Olympia is full of interesting places to visit!
Collage with brass stencils, ephemera, tape measure and a window pulley.
Chalkboard from plywood, brass stencils, old oil company measuring stick.
Hooks with “zip” letters, ephemera, old fir.
Collage with old measuring tape, brass stencils, ephemera and fir flooring.
Cupboard made from an old drawer, old door, insulator, and pressure gauge.
Detail of the old pressure gauge.
Collage/mirror made from old fir, auto mirror, “zip” letters and ephemera.
You can see more functional art here.
To see more of Heidi’s artwork, visit her at Old Stuff. New Stories.
Lately I’ve been spending all my free time in our basement making functional art from recycled/salvaged materials. Sometimes I even come up and make my family dinner. (They would beg to differ – they’d at least question the quality.)
I dropped off the new work at Matter Gallery in Olympia. They feature artists who work with recycled/sustainable materials. Visit their website to see lots of cool art.
Olympia is not that far from Seattle – I love exploring all the galleries, shops and cafes. To make it easy, Matter has great recommendations on their site of interesting places to visit – check it out!
Bench made from old organ wood and car jacks.
Detail of bench – type is old display lettering.
Collage using old brass stencils, ephemera, salvaged fir flooring and and old spring.
Metal detail on coffee table.
Old license plate from WI wrapped around edge of coffee table.
Coffee table made from steel frame (Second Use) and salvage fir studs.
Collage using old brass stencils, ephemera, salvaged fir flooring and latch.
Kitchen island. Sides clad with old street signs, rulers, and topped with thick plywood.
Plywood top detail.
Kitchen island side 2.
End table made from old fire extinguisher (Second Use) and salvaged wood.
Detail of brass plate of fire extinguisher.
Detail of chalkboard – brass stencils, ephemera and hardware.
Chalkboard from old fir frame, with added elements and hardware.
We were cruising the aisles of Second Use the other day and came across some really cool, heavy industrial brackets – cast iron we think? More truth about us: we can never resist interesting metal stuff – so for $5 it was added to our stash. We stopped by Daly’s Paint and quizzed them about primer and paint – the goal was to get a heavy coat on the bracket as if it had been dipped in a super thick, semi-glossy, paint which would then contrast with the rough and industrial nature of the iron. Alas, no great way to make our paint thicker – but we did have some older water based paint that had thickened on its own due to poor storage technique (what can we say) and the color was nice, so – Bob’s your uncle. Continue reading