Home Decor: The art of mixing unlikely materials, from random sources, in the creation of treasures for the home

Mixed media murals

I am the lucky recipient of surprise boxes. These are usually left for me on my doorstep, no name, just a bunch of delicious goodies. What to do with all that stuff…..murals of course.

Birds: Remains of a curtain, some old ties, a bit of organza and some grape vine. Machine and hand applique
Grandma’s Garden: An old piece of table runner, which belonged to my great grandmother, an avid gardener.  Old hankies, ties, buttons, and bits of old lace embellish this hand and machine embroidered piece.
Quilt Monsters: Created from a vintage quilt, circa 1825, of hand spun fabrics, that came to me in tatters, all the cloth embellishment and thread work you see is salvaged from other parts of the quilt. The buttons are from my collection. Look closely and you can see some tiny quilt monsters eating their way out of the batting – why else would the quilt be in tatters.
Blue: Hand dyed fabric, beads, organza and netting. This piece is a study in the effects of layering using both machine and hand embroidery techniques. There is no correct way to hang this mural so, it gets changed up every once in a while.

Furniture and such

Denim Chair: A reclaimed rocking chair reupholstered with architectural fabric created from old blue jeans that were opened up. It is particularly interesting to see the colour changes created by darts and pockets. Kaffe Fassett inspired this fabric.
Log Cabin Chair, another Kaffe Fassett inspired piece of architectural cloth, this piece is created from out dated furniture samples.
Tie Screen: Necessity as the mother of invention at it’s best. A simple, plane screened backdrop was lent to me for use in the Kawartha Lakes Art Festival. I’m not good with plain and simple. This screen was done completely intuitively using my collection of ties. It takes on the character of stained glass when the light shines behind it.
Beach Combing in the Kawarthas. Who says you have to go to the ocean to beach comb? The Kawarthas is in the Land Between. There are all kinds of really interesting beaches here…so…pick up some stuff, take a picture to remind yourself of the texture of the beach, have fun. I did.

Contact me if you would like your own mural built or some furniture revisited.

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