We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Junk Junkie - Piece three finally

WHO I AM - Like everyone, I'm quite a few "things".  But one for sure is a Junk Junkie. I dumpster dive if I see something that catches my eye, pick up free things off the side of the road, LOVE Freecycle, thrift stores....that about says it. My poor long-suffering husband is at last used to piles of what seems to most people as useless stuff.  Both he and my 4 year old granddaughter don't throw anything away unless they ask me first if I need it for an art project. I'm not altogether sure why old junk appeals to me and helps define what kind of person I am or at least what interests me. Probably a bit of the same reason I love falling down buildings. It's like I feel a sense of history and presence from another time. I try to imagine to whom it belonged in the past. Was it loved and cared for or just a utilitarian piece. I have a pile of rusted junk on the side of my house that I'm sure my neighbors question but if they could see this piece they just might understand.

I rusted white cotton fabric and then dyed it a bit with some cerulean blue procion dye. The large border/binding is a hand-dyed cotton of very close to the same blue. Both are from my stash. I wove rusted wire, including various rusty bits and pieces as I went along. Rusted some cotton heavy duty thread to attach the weavings to the quilt.

OK...you guys have gotta appreciate that I managed to get my dangly bits in the piece but NOT outside the required boundaries!  Oh but it was tempting........  Personally, I think I just might deserve a medal or something for practicing such a great amount of restraint!!


JUNK JUNKIE - detail

And now I'm on to piece 4!!!


  1. Well done, Kelly! Love the rust combined with the blue. It was worth waiting for. I really look forward to one seeing everyone's art in the flesh.

  2. 10 out of 10 for restraining your dangly bits - it's a great piece. What a great collection of bits and pieces. I'm sure you're not the only one with them, I think I'm not far behind you...

  3. This is really interesting. How well the colours of the fabric go with the junk pieces.I can see how you would have wanted to add dangly bits; gold star for restraint!!