April 12, 2012
A friend recently brought up an interesting point, during a conversation we were having about home decorating. She was asking why it is that we own things that we had once loved and desired so much that we purchased it, brought it home, and displayed it prominently, only to – years later – discover that we not only dislike it, but now wonder, “What was I THINKING??!!”
Here’s our conclusion: The thing doesn’t change, we do.
We are in a constant state of transformation. I know, that’s pretty deep even for an artist. This, however, is not a blog about existential thinking. It’s about art! (Guess what?! With me, it’s always about art! lol)
Art is used to transform things (and people?) all the time.
- Painting a mural transforms a plain room into an art-filled space.
- Adding paint to an old found item can transform it from junk to a functional, beautiful piece of furniture.
- Even ordinary found items can be transformed into something useful without adding a thing, just by using them in a unique way and giving them a different purpose.
Here is a link to one of my Pinterest boards, which has many images of re-purposed items.
- using a hose reel as a wine rack
- using a ladder for a bookshelf
- using vintage doorknobs as candlesticks
When I go to a barn sale, or flea market, I spend a lot of time looking at things and thinking, “how can I use that in a different way?”
Here’s a photo of some things I purchased last weekend at a sale. Who knows what I will make, but I felt so drawn to them! Love the colors and textures:
Here is a look back at some examples of “transformation” projects I’ve done:
I’ve just been hired to transform a plain, black chandelier by giving it a completely different look. I’ll be adding paint (of course!), wire, embellishments, and crystals. If you have not “liked” my Facebook page yet, please do! I will post before and after photos of this chandelier project!
I would really love to hear from you! Write an example (below in the comment section) of how you’ve been inspired by seeing something transformed. It can be a person, place, or thing!