Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fly - Altered Alarm Clock


Hi Everyone!
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.
























Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tommy Breaks Free - Book Sculpture

Hi Everyone!
Today I bring you an art piece that is unique, a book sculpture. First, I would like to deeply apologize to the book purists. I was looking for a book at the thrift store when the title of the this book "Liberty" inspired this piece. I quickly imagine some guy whose been in prison for a crime he did not commit trying to break free. I imagined his anger and agony and him breaking out of the book. Just so you know the story in this book is not the same, it's totally different story.

How it's made
I started by cutting out the center of the book with an Xacto knife. Since Tommy was going to breaking out, I wanted it to look like the pages were ripped out. Once I cut them out then gave it naturally ripped look.  Tommy is made of polymer clay and decoupaged with the pages from the book. I made the handcuffs out of clay and chain and painted using brown and bronze colors.