I hold a real conflict with tossing things out — concerns over landfills, consumerism, global warming…and you get the point. I always look at an object for more than it's intended purpose. Parts of broken something can still prove useful.

 

58"h x 10"w x 12"d, 2017

58"h x 10"w x 12"d, 2017

Candy Striped Chandelier

This was an exercise in creative recycling during winter, just after Christmas. From trial and error with various unwanted materials, a pleasing design emerged. 

Plastic holiday garlands were unstrung. Paper straws and yarn re-connected them. Wooden wreath forms gave structure.

A single brass shelf bracket kicking around the house finally found it's purpose.

 
72"h x 30"w x 21"d, 2016

72"h x 30"w x 21"d, 2016

Homage to Crepe Myrtle

A common sight in the South is the abundance of Crepe Myrtles. Here in Texas these lovely trees leaf-out in spring, explode in color in summer and come every winter, are severely reduced in stature. It's a sorrowful sight and it's a reminder that folks can be taken to action without much thought to merits or consequences.

Crepe Myrtles originated from Southeast Asia and are prized for its beauty, medicinal properties and quality timber. In India Crepe Myrtle has been used to cure diabetes for a long time. Flowers treat cuts and wounds as well as the common cold. Seeds are antibacterial. Roots are fever reducing. Leaves contain dietary fiber and minerals and can be eaten cooked. While in Japan boiled leaves are taken daily as herbal tea.

On Homage, wounds were wrapped in cloth and the cut salved as a metaphor. I chose feathers for its spiritual symbol of flight and freedom, using paper to reflect the crepe-like texture of the petals. Repurposed silk ribbon yarn addresses renewal and recycling. The moon, denoted by a capiz shell, is a feminine symbol and universally represents the rhythm and cycle of life.

Coincidentally, the small seeds of the Crepe Myrtle are winged.