Saturday, July 10, 2010

Found Art (Was It Ever Lost?)

I've been very busy creating lately, though much of what I've done has been either a present for someone or for a future design team project, and so had to be kept under wraps.
But, last night my friend Pat and I went out to celebrate her birthday, and I gave her a little piece I'd made, so now it's OK to share it with you all.  I loved doing it, and yes, Pat loved receiving it.
First, a little background.  A few weeks ago, I was looking at Tim's blog, and came across some shots he took of his newly reorganized studio.  This is one of the pictures:
Very cool, and what I kept staring at was the spelling out of his name with old game pieces.  That was the inspiration behind this:

Some details:   the base is a 4x4 piece of masonite, and I have no idea where it came from.  I inked, painted, and crackled it, then started attaching a variety of found (OK, and some bought) objects.
A broken old ruler (well, bits of two, actually), little bottles, a key I rusted,  a polymer clay tile and tiny bird's nest, both of which I made in Key Largo, some of Tim's idea-ology, of course, buttons and other bits and bobbles, and my personal favorite:  a piece of genuine Montana rusted barbed wire, courtesy of my pal Julie, artist and rancher extraordinaire. 

Two more views:

27 comments:

Nancy Lynn said...

I love this beautiful piece you made for Pat and all the found objects you used on it. Very very nice indeed.

Dorothy said...

Wow, this is gorgeous Eileen!!

Carol's Crafts said...

WOW Eileen, that is amazing. I'm so glad your friend loved it.

Nancy said...

What a beautiful gift for your friend! Love it!

Celeste said...

OHHHH My Eileen... That is one beautiful piece of art....

Tammy D said...

Wow, what a great gift for your friend. I'm sure she loved it.

Linda Ledbetter said...

Eileen, this is spectacular! Holy cow, you've got yourself a heckuva masterpiece there. Your friend must be over the moon!

My birthday is in December. ;-)

I'm all inspired now. ♥

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Eileen this is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! LUCKY Pat!!!!! That is a treasure to keep for sure!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

AngieHallHaviland said...

OH NEAT!! FABULOUS piece...LUCKY Pat!! :)

Debby said...

That is a beautiful gift. Love all of the elements on it.

Kerry said...

Wow - this is beautiful. A truly fantastic piece, I love everything, absolutely everything about it. The detail, the colors are spectacular. What a wonderful gift for your friend. Thank you for sharing.

Victoria said...

So beautimous!!

SusanK said...

Fantabulous!

Kathy Eddy said...

What a gorgeous gift. I bet she was really excited to receive it!

Shoshi said...

Goodness, Eileen, that's absolutely terrific! Great inspiration from the King of Grunge - loved the pic of his studio - very "Warehouse 13" steam grunge lol! (He just would have an old typewriter like that, wouldn't he!!)

Shoshi

sue young said...

Eileen:this is really cool!you did a gret job...Tim would be quite proud!Lucky Pat!
I love that you used the bird's nest!:>:>:
Happy Weekend. XO Sue

Wanda H said...

Eileen, I LOVE it!!!! All the texture and fun stuff!!! Totally fab!!!

Diann said...

I know Pat was so pleased over her birthday gift from her dear friend....it is truly a treasure!
Diann

WendyP said...

totally stunning and fantastic !!!
I just know that Pat was so excited to receive this.

inge Bekaert said...

Hello Eileen,

this really is a "vintage" piece !
For me the background is a bit too dark, but I like the composition you made with all the found stuff.I love how you integrated the metal wire from Julie !!

My favorite part is the compositon on the ruler with the letters : I like that they are different in size and the embellishment , like the crown, really add interest to these pieces.

nice composition !

greetings from belgium
Inge

Lori said...

Wow, this is UTTERLY FANTASTIC! Love the addition of the barbed wire, I have access to a lot of that around here, now, why don't I use it?? lol Just fantastic piece, love your inspiration, too, I thought that was awesome as well.

Bearcrazyman said...

Make Me One!, LOL
Just kidding, Its Fabulous! Like all of your art.

Friends
Stephen

Sherry Goodloe said...

Oooooh Eileen, that piece is just fab-u-LOUS!

Elaine A said...

Love this piece that you created for your friend Pat. Homemade gifts are always the best.

MarleneMAZ said...

Fabulous piece ! Your friend is very lucky and I am sure she will love it.

Heidi Davenport said...

This is GORGEOUS and I am sure that Pat LOVED it!

Patzee said...

Holy Wow!! What a GREAT piece of art Eileen thoughtfully created for ME!!! Yay! All these elements, their history and treatment make this a treasure. Who would think a piece of genuine barbed wire would be in such esteemed company in my Manhattan apartment? And having my name on it will help after a long weekend of celebrating. I am so lucky to have such a talented friend (and cruise-mate)!