Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Phony flower wall light

Using an old photo/film carousel thingy and a light fixture part from IKEA, I created a wall light. It's weird, I admit it, but I did it for a contest. Haven't heard back, so guess I didn't win. No matter, it looks kind of funky and works in my livingroom.
Here's to recycling for art's sake!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What I've been up to the past week

The sleeve of a sweater became a whimsical tree and for an extra touch I perched a wool bird at the top.
Green leaves...
strange beasties...

And hoot owl scarves. Lift the owls head and his body is a pocket.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How to get a close-up view ~

If you want a close-up of any of my images, just click on the picture itself and there you have it.

I don't think there's an image of my "Dream" chair on this site yet. Here it is.

New Scarf for Lily

I made a new scarf and Lily immediately claimed it. She likes owls. Here she is modeling it. Can you spot the "model" pose? Leonidas got his pose in too.

ArtCycle! Studio

"Ch-ch-ch-changes" so goes the song by David Bowie. I like that song.

I have made some changes to my blogs. This site will function as my studio where I will post pictures of my work. will be my official blog site and cover all my artistic interests - storytelling, reading, art making, everything. Hopefully this will make life a tad bit easier for me...

Ha-ha-ha! Hee-hee-hee!


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Heart Rebound

How do you mend a broken heart?

With wire baby, with wire.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Someone paid good money this.

I donated this scarf to the Martha Len fundraising event for the Tejas Storytelling Association. It sold for $45.00. Not bad!

Some more past work...

Hand painted fabric, embroidery...beading. This one is about 4 years old.

I LOVE using buttons. It was tough sewing these babies on through the heavy canvas.
From now on, I will only post new work.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Past Creations

Some are hits and some are misses, but ALL were fun to make!

"An Uncommon Bird" was inspired by Dorothea Tannings, "Pincushion To Serve As A Fetish" at the Dallas Museum of Art.
My Two pieces featuring discarded, computer memory boards are heavy. Especially the black one with the copper leaves (Hidden). That one is my favorite. I am not too thrilled with the bright multi-colored one (I consider this one a definite miss. So it's called "Whoops".). I have made several memory board works.

The Flower picture is for my mom. It is a layered collage.
It's called "Appreciation".
The bottom picture is titled "I am" and has personal meaning for me. The leaves of the tree were cut from magazine pages. I embodies my passion for the connectedness I feel with the world through my work as a storyteller.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Radiant Heart

It's wasteful and tragic to see heaps of broken glass and shattered pottery fragments scattered carelessly across the landscape. Think of the memories they represent. The loss of their value now that they are broken, chipped...imperfect. I like to gather up the pieces, stash them away and think of new ways to use them, to give them new meaning...value once again.

The above is an assemblage of pottery shards and broken glass bits. The big piece in the middle is the bottom of a old, glass bleach bottle. It's shape faintly resembles a heart. I bound the pieces up in wire and added rays of wire shooting out around it. The center piece is approx. 8 inches across, and with the rays it is around 15 inches in diameter. Give or take.

It is now kinda, sorta a sun, with heart. Hence the name, "Radiant Heart".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

More Scarves

All my scarves have pockets. (So far)
Where are the pockets on this one?

Oh, Here they are.

I like birds.

This one has itty bitty feet.
I am currently making three more. All scarves are made from recycled materials.

Odds & Ends

"I Shut My Eyes" This piece hangs over my livingroom fireplace. The picture is on an old piece of wood, contains copper wallpaper, some magazine images for a 1930's Vogue and a poem that I wrote myself about connecting with my imagination and creativity.
An old evening bag that I added vintage buttons to as well as a braided strap of ribbons. The board it hangs from is an old table insert that has hooks I've collected over the years and an old glass door knob.
"Seasons" I painted this folkart on the back of a solid wood drawer front.

"Rebirth" An old wood carton, found pieces of glass, old glass bottle, old railroad nails, wire, little bitty old light bulbs. The poem reads
Shattered memories
Broken Dreams
Strewn over
The land

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Some past creations...

Letters cut from a graphic arts magazine are my leaves in this picture titled, "I Am".

A homemade postcard.

An old window frame became a postcard holder.

Phony Flowers

These "Phony Flowers" are made from telephone book pages, wire, & glass beads. I haven't figured out how to photograph them very well.
The white pages.
The yellow pages.

Wovely Woolies

Here are some examples of my latest passion of taking old 100% wool sweaters and recycling them into something new.
Wovely Wooly Scarves!

I sent this one to my mother in Minnesota.

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I made this last winter. I used acrylic paints, texturing medium, old copper wallpaper, magazine pages, scrabble tiles, beads...

Welcome to ArtCycle!

I was born into a very practical, Scandinavian farming community in Northern Minnesota. Creativity was admired and nurtured as long as whatever was produced was useful to daily life. This included sewing, rug making, crocheting, embroidery…that sort of thing. If you could take something old & worn out and make something useful out of it, well then that was doubly wonderful! My grandma Lily Peterson was known for making flesh-toned, handwoven rugs out of old pantyhose! They weren’t much to look at, but they sure were durable, springy and helped keep the floors clean.

Throughout the years, my artwork has reflected my life’s origins. I enjoy working with a wide variety of media while also incorporating traditional folkart skills into the finished creations. Recycling discarded items into art is super fun and exciting for me. "Creative Bliss" is defined for me when I’m resurrecting tired, old furniture into colorful “floor art”, using antique buttons, photos or puzzle pieces in a painting, using old wool sweaters to make artsy scarves, or taking computer memory boards and adhering them unto old cabinet doors where they are then painted and become “wall art”. If something sparks my interest...say an unusual relic, a piece of trash, discarded clothing, old phonebook pages, a funky old purse, then it's fair game for a future art piece.

I am also a performance artist who is currently the storyteller in residence for the Dallas Museum of Art. I also do concerts/programs for local libraries and festivals here in Texas, Louisiana and in Florida. My visual art creations often reflect my love of world folklore & stories. Often the observer will find words, sayings and poems in them. Sometimes a story inspires the artwork, but more often, a story is born upon it's completion when I see where my subconscious as led me.

This blog has been created to showcase my visual art projects. Because I always use recycled materials in my work I have titled this blog "ArtCycle!"