7.12.2010

Functional Art

As I mentioned in an earlier post, part of my solo show is what Vero calls "functional small wares".  These items will be in the middle of the room on pedestals.  Her philosophy on art is that unless it is hanging on the wall, it has to function.  No sculptures, no eye candy, it has to function.  And for some reason I totally draw a BLANK when it comes to stuff like this.  I've no idea why, but just like at Christmas with ornament making, I over think it and then usually make something kind of icky.  One of the items Vero suggested I do when I mentioned my quandary was to fine some wooden bowls at a junk store and paint them.  OK.  So at my local junking haunt I found this pile of bowls and since the seed was planted I bought them:


Yep.  They are pretty ugly.  But I immediately saw NESTS.  And this weekend during a lovely summer storm, I made them into just that.



Inside each bowl I stamped words I use on my nesty jewelry.  They've been sprayed with a good coat of clear spray which totally makes the colors illuminate.  Their function could be for your spare change, jewelry, keys, you name it!  You just can't eat out of them....maybe the next time around I'll find a food safe clear coat.  Next on the functional agenda, embellishing these amazing burlap lamp shades I found at another junk store eons ago!  This is so much fun!!!

13 comments:

Suzanne said...

What a cute idea! You're so imaginative.

Lydia said...

Incredible!

Pamela Holderman said...

I'd so buy them - what a clever idea!

Lorrie Everitt Studio said...

Ohh these are beautiful. I love the nest paints. I have a pile of these wooden bowls at the cottage that I let my youngest daughter paint one rainy days. She keeps her "treasures" from the beach in them in her bedroom. I can't wait to show her these when she comes home from camp today.

linwood avenue said...

love these - they are perfect!

inkSpotts Stationery said...

i want one! where and how much?
:O)

Dianne said...

Ooooo I love these! What a clever idea!

JoyaJewelry said...

I love the these nests!! What great inspiration a wooden bowl possesses:)

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

I love these! Perfect swishes and swirls and twigs and eggs and words. You turned trash into treasure!

gypsysticks said...

wow! those look AWESOME! good for you! nests suit you to a T. :)

Kerri said...

you are so clever. you really cutened (i think i just created a new word!) those up! :)

Jaime Leigh said...

What a beautiful idea!

sally said...

I adore these!!! fabulous use of materials!!...yay...thanks soo much for the inspiration!!

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