If you read through my blog here you will find that personally I ADORE found art! I find it everyplace I go… but then again I’m always appreciative of all art whether from nature or man made.
So one of the ways I keep my creative juices flowing, even if I’m not blogging, doing a year-long challenge, writing a children’s book or drafting my next business (all of which I’m currently doing) I engage myself in some harmless but vibrant FRIDGE ART!
I’ve been collecting magnets for years and now give magnet gift sets to friends so they too can find all the quirky beauty of looking at a new fridge design every month or so. This is my April 2012 Fridge Art, entitled “April Showers and Flowers!”
And here is last month’s (March) Fridge Art…
And I even go to town at my workplace when I can!
But if you know me and my family you will know the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! My mother is an AMAZING interior decorator in my book… giving me and my sister a grant gift of “Tchotchke Decorating” from a young age… just look at how she decorates every corner of her house for every holiday/season!
So no matter where I find the art… I’m always going to appreciate the moment and the message, no matter how it’s created in the world!
On January 1st of this year (2011) I have decided to embark on a adventure of sorts…
My entire year I will be purchasing EVERYTHING I need at a Goodwill store! (except toilettries, prescriptions and food items)
This blog and challenge can be found at: www.livingthegoodwilllife.wordpress.com
I will still be writing about my evolutionary ideas, my eco-art and of course my poetry on this blog but it is important to note this year-long endeavor here as well and provide more insight into the person behind the name “Beautiful Existence” to all inquisitive parties.
Sadly, it has been three years since I was creating my children’s environmental line of clothing, EdgeweaR. And in this time I’ve had a lot to distract me… moving back home to Washington, dating and then starting a serious relationship with my partner, trying to find my career-niche, and of course having my second son this summer. But in all this time I still have not shaken this found-art-bug that seems to always be in my life. I see designs everywhere! I cut and make inspirational books about using found items and I’m always looking at shops that carry found art. So I’ve decided that I’m not going to fight this creative outlet the universe has blessed me with anymore and I’m going to start making found art again!
I actually started making some one-of-a-kind found ephemera cards this summer while I was home with my new son, but now I’m putting my extra time into having enough items to do shows next summer. I plan on taking my work “on the road” and selling it in a more portable way. Rolling art shows are starting to pop up around the country, usually out of U-haul trucks or vans, so the family SUV will have to do as my shop for now. I’m looking forward to getting my oldest son who helped all the time with EdgeweaR involved again and maybe this new little-guy will take up the joy of found art too?!
Keep checking my posts or email if you would like to know our weekend mobile art-mart schedule (starting summer of 2011).
The making of a good story sometimes takes many forms… journals, diaries, post-it notes, even google documents. For me, my stories are art.
Even more direct… FOUND ART.
(A Beautiful Existence, my personal storybook)
My stories take some time to put together. I collect bits of ephemera and fabrics and every 2-4 years find myself “redefining” myself, my personal style, my dedications and goals into a storybook of sorts; taking all those found bits of inspiration and taping, glueing, copying, coloring and sketching them into who I am or want to become. A life’s work of sorts.
(pages from my personal storybook)
Once I’ve acquired quite a bit of ephemera I will categorize them into “areas of interest”. If it’s a personal story, then I will take items I want to buy, hairstyles I want, ideas for things to explore and learn, etc. and group them into sections of my book. I will often color-code these sections (like if you were putting together a presentation for a meeting) and sometimes even put tabs on the sections. I usually use slip-covers for each page and bind them in a three-ring but won’t go so far as to create an index. The complexities need to stop somewhere for goodness sake!
When they have been grouped that is where the creative side starts to emerge. I look at the blank paper and jigsaw the pieces into a miss-match of information on that topic often highlighting and making random notes about objects along the way. I’ve found that I like to circle and emphasize things with exclamation points and underlines, but this is where the real YOU comes out. Design it however you want. Feng-shui the book to your liking, because you are creating your own story here.
When my books are complete (which can take months depending on my inspiration and the coming-together of the visual and informational pieces) I will keep them in plain sight as a sort of “reference” document. Often turning to them before I go shopping or start creating my latest Amazon.com list. Whatever form these storybooks take in your life just appreciate the fact that you’ve created something one-of-a-kind, truly original about who you are in a mixture of words, paper and creativity. When you look back it will help remind you of the different inspirations and periods of your life, page by page.
Ah… summer weekends in the Northwest! This is the stuff paradise (AKA the Evergreen state of Washington) is made of… Steilacoom’s annual Garage Sale Summer Weekend!
Today we ventured out to this locally-known thrift/garage mecca and found some amazing items as well as amazing views! If you are ever in Washington in mid August I would highly suggest traveling down to this quaint little town right on the coast of the Puget Sound. Not only will you have a full-day of garage & yard sale shopping at people’s homes, on street corners or even in the parking lots! -BUT- if the weather treats you right (which is usually does in mid August) then you will also be taking in the sights and sounds of the Puget Sound right at your feet!
If shopping is taking a toll on you… then take a ferry ride over to Anderson Island, visit a number of historic places on the national registry (since Steilacoom is the first incorporated town in the state of Washington) or kick off your shoes and dip them in the cool, salt water at the local beach!
As a “found” artist and lover of all things Thrift/Garage or Yard… I for one will be back next summer for what may soon become the annual family (or girl’s) summer day out!