reworking discarded pieces

Today in the studio I needed a board of a certain size and I didn’t want to run out to the hunt for one.  I started digging around and realized that I could easily part with this piece from 2008 that I never really liked anyway.  The new piece isn’t finished yet, but I worked with the shape and carving that already existed in the board.  Oh, I do love a makeover.  Hopefully I can show you the finished piece tomorrow.

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before & after

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I am working on a new series and my muses are: flea market discoveries, mid-century palettes/patterns and old carnival signs.  I am trying to keep my interpretation very loose and original.  It’s so damn hard to be original.  I plan to give it my best shot this week. I’ll post as I get pieces done and I promise to show my mistakes too. Wish me luck.

I love flea markets…but not necessarily for the reason you would think.

This morning at the flea market in Sandwich, Mass I stopped at a table and started visiting with Dennis. Here’s Dennis. I scored some cool jewelry, some butter knives, a beautiful serving spoon and silver salad tongs from his goods. The serving pieces he actually gifted me after such a great early morning conversation. Not a bad way to start a Wednesday.

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We talked about kids, art, art school, traveling, creative minds, how creative minds work, selling Cadillacs, GOT JUNK (Dennis is a GOT JUNK Franchise owner in Rhode Island). My kids know that I love that business so much that the guys are referred to as “my GOT JUNK boyfriends” when they take a load from my home or studio. It was a great conversation and I learned that one of Dennis’ sons is a sculptor in Los Angeles. So I of course, needed to know more about his Rhode Island School of Design son working as a sculptor in LA. As an artist and a mother who is taking her son to art school (MIAD Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) in a few weeks, it’s inspiring to hear a story of how a young creative life was constructed.

Here are links to Brian’s work. I really like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves sculptures. His vision makes them seem so much more complex and multi-dimensional. I encourage you to go the distance if you learn about something that interests you. It’s so easy to follow-up with someone and let them know how you found out about their work, idea, situation etc. This is one of the best reasons for the internet in my estimation.

http://www.brianrochefort.net/About-1
http://www.brianrochefort.net/SnowWhite_SevenDwarves
http://instagram.com/energygloop
http://www.brianrochefort.net/Cups