Collaged Cupboard ..
Creative life touches each moment and the more conscious one can be of that fact then the more orchestrated the creation itself can be. And in this time of Global change, when over stimulated appetites and pointless waste is in most of our lives (in the west at least), well, recycling is a good thing to do. And the ideal recycling might be to refresh something now outdated or unattractive, even unfashionable, and make it anew and loved again.
Enter the cupboard ~ dark, plastic imitation wood finish, heavy in the room! So Shona & I set out to revamp it using the collaging skills learned last year at our local community centre – Canolfan Hermon – from a lovely lady called Maya Mitten.
We both got literally ‘tore into the pages’ of those old mags and soon had enough for me to get out that Acrylic Wax Sealer and a 1″ soft brush – then paste & stick like a crazy thing. Shona kept cutting out, I kept sticking on. And finally we created this collaged cupboard which is far more interesting than the old dark plastic version and brings fresh life into the art room where it currently tells its story for all to enjoy. The wax sealer worked perfectly for this, although it does crinkle the images a little due to the water content. But that really does not detract – it even adds character and an authentic texture to the work. Recycling like this was a lot of fun and something we could enjoy creating together. We will certainly keep an open eye for other pieces of outdated or jaded furniture …