My repurposeful art is a unique and eco-conscious art form. A commissioned piece is completely custom-made and dependent on the materials currently available to me. Each piece is created entirely from repurposed and recycled items, with the exception of the pigment and glue added. Pieces are priced individually, according to size and detail of the piece.
I also have many existing repurposeful pieces available for purchase, so please peruse my site and let me know if you are interested in a particular piece or would like to discuss a custom piece for yourself or as a gift for someone special!
And for those interested in learning more, below is a walkthrough of my process of creating a repurposeful piece.
This particular piece was commissioned as a gift for someone “who adores purple”. There were no other parameters, so I had a lot of fun with this one! I began with these discarded tea bag covers and got to work on making the paper canvas.
After a 24-hour soak and a good blending, I had a nice purple pulp. I generally like to blend just enough to achieve a nice color but no more. I want the canvas to have a unique character, including little unblended bits and interesting flecks of color throughout.
Once I’ve wrung out as much water as I can from the paper pulp, I roll it out thoroughly with a rolling pin. I love the way the paper seems to “choose” what shape it needs to be! This is probably my favorite part of the whole process: I prefer to just let it happen, and see what delightful shapes I end up with. In this case, I ended up with three lovely shapes, so… it turned into a three-piece set! 😀
And after the canvases are dry, I paint the backgrounds and adhere the canvases to them before applying the abstract designs with pen & ink. My pen tends to follow the hills and valleys of the paper, and often I like to spotlight the “flaws” and inconsistencies of the canvas. In this way, each piece is completely unique and somewhat driven by happenstance.
I was very happy with the end result! “Purple Pekoe” was a truly delightful experience, and I look so forward to discovering new repurposeful creations in the future.
Thank you for reading, and a very heart-felt thank you for supporting my art!