When I applied to this show, they told the artists that they wanted us to make a piece especially designed for the festival. Since this is a festival that celebrates the colonial era, I decided to do a piece on this basis. I had this shadowbox that I had found at a garage sale a few years ago--it was the kind that had small compartments in it. This one had 24. So all summer I've been working on it. My goal was to fill it with all vintage items that represented this era. The first thing I did was collage the sides with ledger papers that I had from the 1800's
I antiqued it and added some lace over that.
And then I started filling up the compartments with items that could have been used in these times--not exactly the 1700's--probably more like the late 1800's.
With the exception of just a few items, everything I found here were from garage sales, Etsy, antique shows, and flea markets. This is my favorite part--they all have a past history to them, and they all have their own story. I always wonder what article of clothing did the buttons belong to, or who wore the eyeglasses, what door did the keys open up--you get the picture. I'm so glad the owners saved all of these items. And I just wish I could tell them--Thank You for letting me preserve them in a piece of art!
This was really fun to do all Summer--half the fun was the hunt for just the right pieces to add to it.
So now back to work--even though sales weren't the greatest, I still have a lot of weekends coming up.......