- It was a piece that we did as part of a mixed media night class that I attended, we had to fill an old picture frame with things that were special to us (think they were called memory boards???) Anyway, I wanted to do something along the lines of the sea ...because the sea and beach are very special to me, and the Christmas theme sort of evolved from that.
Didn't have a frame so knocked up a very quick and basic one. It's easy to get the angles, I just used a mitre box and any gaps I just filled with wood putty (before taking up art I used to make chunky rustic outdoor furniture)
The summer side - I left the frame rough and natural, then washed the base with glue and sprinkled on some sand. Frayed gingham as a table cloth. Corks from my collection (I just love wine corks for some reason, have a big copper bowl full of them that just sits on the table) Shells, pebbles and driftwood collected from the beach and some slivers of polished NZ paua shell.
The tree/s in the centre are a conifer (which has faded) on the winter side, and a twig from a deciduous on the summer side. Both are decorated with glass baubles and coloured crystals (my sister in law works for a well known Austrian crystal manufacturer, and at the end of the day always hunts through the skips to search for things that they throw away ...these were all glued to a brochure ...they sparkle like you wouldn't believe
The winter side - I glued and stapled some cord onto the frame and then sprayed the whole thing with metalic gold and stuck two big smoky crystals in the corners (sister in law again!) The base I then sprayed with that fake snow stuff. The material is an Ohio Star patten that I patched in Raw Indian Silk (this material has got a great texture to it, feels more natural than the silky types of silk that you can get) The bells actually ring and are a tree decoration, I used them because I like the idea of touchy feely art. and lastly the present, Christmas pud (which is a walnut dipped in paint) and the roll of carols are little things that the girls had made me to hang on the tree.
Archival? probably not. I guess that it'll last as long as it lasts and then I'll salvage what I can from it and make something else
- Thank you for your comments. If there is one thing that I have learnt over the past year, then it's that there are endless ways of expressing your creativity ...Oh the possibilities!
If I'd seen something like this a couple of years ago then my first thought would have been "yeah? so what's that all about!"
All these things are personal, I'm a bit of a magpie, I like to have things around me that catch my eye, things that are nice to touch, things that make me smile ...I like to think of it as maximum pleasure from the simplest of things. Some folks like to collect and keep the fastest cars, the latest electronic gagets, the most luxurious furniture etc. and others like big bits of twisted and gnawled driftwood, or stones that seem to wink in a certain light etc.
ps, you can drink tea anywhere in the world
it's especially nice in the summer, very refreshing.