Archive for the ‘Patina’ Category

Further from the Truth

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.





Truth piece with a few pieces made in 2010. Interesting to see them together.

Materials–Bamboo paper towel, tree wrap, linen fiber, oxidized safety pins and wire, roofing felt, hardware cloth, wood, wax.

Piece in Progress–Contemplate Something Beautiful

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

I am working on a piece that has the code–contemplate something beautiful. The code is based on a masonic cipher. Or the common Pigpen Cipher.

Contemplate something beautiful

I upcycled some green painters’ paper that was used as a template for a previous project. Made the blocks from tree wrap and cotton twine. Used safety pins and cotton thread to attach to the blocks to the background. Then used a solution of salt, peroxide, and white vinegar to age the metal. Unfortunately I used stainless washers for the twine icord at the top.

Contemplate something beautiful

This morning the piece still wasn’t dry so I placed it outside to finish drying. When I checked on it, I found that a spent Brugmansia flower had fallen onto it.

Contemplate something beautiful

I think it looks beautiful as part of the piece. Will I keep it? Maybe…

A Gnawing Ache

Friday, March 4th, 2022

I am in the process of completing all of the pieces that are in progress. A Gnawing Ache is a piece that I started in 2018 when I was dealing with grief.
Gnawing Ache Sketch

I aged the razor blades, hardware cloth, and pins with a patina.

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

It occurred to be after I used patina on the pins that they would be stronger if I hadn’t covered the entire pin. The patina made the metal a bit fragile.

Code Used
Gnawing Ache Code
One horizontal square for dots; two vertical squares for a dash.

Cotton, Hardware Cloth, Razor Blades, Pins, Patina, Wood (from an old swing), Cork, Stain, PVA, Sealant

Never Underestimate the Petty Vindictiveness of Those in Power

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The spikes were aged with a patina.

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The pieces received an application of clear shellac with a solution of cloves in denatured alcohol.

Panel 1
The code at the top of the first panel has the–Take Notice.
Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Petty Vindictiveness1 Detail
Panel 2
Petty Vindictiveness

Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Wood, Hardware Cloth, Cotton, Metal Spikes, Cork, Wool, Shellac, Denatured Alcohol, Cloves

Pause to Let Your Eyes Adjust

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Every time I walked by this piece, I couldn’t remember the name and code used.

Pause Piece

I looked through my files and found the piece support materials. The title and code is Pause to Let Your Eyes Adjust.

The Code
Pause Piece Code

The Code in Color (tan yarn is used in place of cream)
Pause Piece Color Code

Upper Layout
Pause Piece Upper

Pause Piece Upper

Detail of Broken Triangle Bits of Mirror
Pause Piece Mirror

Middle Section
Pause Piece Middle

Lower Layout
Pause Piece Bottom

Pause Piece Lower

Signature–Perforated Disk

Pause Signature Disk

Materials List
Birch branches and twigs–symbol of health, wisdom, safety, public office.
Other materials–1/4″ hardware cloth (45×99 squares), wool yarn, mirror, cotton duck for back. Bargello embroidery patterns.

Plantlet Find in a Peculiar Place

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

When I opened my flower press today, I found something interesting…

Succulent Dying Flower Press

…the leaves that I gathered from a dying succulent now have plantlets. How cool is that?!

One of the reasons that I am loving succulents is how resilient many are and often how easy it is to make more plants.

Succulent Leaf with Plantlets

Succulent Leaf Lower

Succulent Plantlets

Succulent Leaf Middle

The dried leaf colors and textures are gorgeous!

Succulent Leaf Lower

The dried leaf brought to mind my bronze dagger series, Tools for Rent.

Bronze Patina

Bronze Patina

Bronze Patina