"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Finding Surprises Imbedded Within
You know it's time to say goodbye to a piece of furniture when you've got duct tape holding it together! So, with heavy-heart, (well maybe not too heavy), I tore apart Ted's grandfather's 1950s leather rocking chair.
Some interesting things were found buried deep inside.
The kids stored away lost change into their piggy banks.
I can't imagine why an old Clam Chowder ad would have spent half a century within the chair's armrest.
I almost got my hopes up!
Always the recycler, I cut out large strips of the leather to make books. And lookie what was under the leather!
What a waste to have such gorgeous upholstery hiding beneath it all!
And what's this? Is it asian? Or maybe Turkish cloth? This wrapped around the armrests. It was all a nice surprise!
I have no idea what I'd ever do with it, maybe add it to some fabric journals? But after being protected under the leather for over 60 years, there was no way I was tossing it into the landfill!
As for Ted, who felt bad about having to get rid of his late-grandfather's rocking chair, he still gets to keep a piece of it after all.
My passion is combining old with the new by restoring and salvaging items that would otherwise have been thrown away. Some may consider this "Altered Art" or "Mixed Media Art." I consider myself a good old-fashioned Folk Artist, with a strong emphasis on Holidays, Customs, and Traditions.