So one of the things I like to do is alter stuff. So for this piece is altered Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Assemblage Clock. It’s a metal vintage looking alarm clock, which can be altered…or made it into a real clock. I chose to make a bird and birdcage theme mixed media piece. I recognize that my metaphor is a bit contradictory; with the cage inside the clock, and the birds flying out. Are the birds flying out of the cage and into the world outside clock or out of the clock? That's a rhetorical question, it's art, it’s whatever you want it to be. What I am trying to convey in this piece is that the time to free ourselves out of our own self-created cage is now. We choose when we want to free ourselves and that we are not defined by our situation.
How it's made
I decided to decoupage it with decorative handmade paper that I purchased from the craft store. The cage is made out wire and polymer clay, which I baked for 15 minutes at 150 degrees. I laid the ground with moss. I used various Prima and Petaloo brand flowers, made out of fabric, felt, paper and wire (for the stems). The butterflies are made out fabric, bling and glue. I have placed a metal clock inside (I know redundant). The birds and lettering are Dusty Attic chipboard, which have been painted and dabbed with a Stickles glitter. The birds are coated with Modge Podge dimensional magic glue, to give it that 3D look; looks a little like varnish (just lightweight). Hope you enjoyed my altered clock.