Thursday, 6 July 2017

You've had your sneak peek...

...along with a more comprehensive look at the recent Material Change show that was held in Kimberley last month. I thought I'd show you some more detailed photos of a few of the works that went into it.  All show pieces incorporated a change of materials (most of them would otherwise have been headed for the landfill) which were repurposed as a work of art.

Darcy Wanuk and I both did a cocktail boot for the show - this was my version.

'Who Needs Gucci?'  Altered Cocktail Boot © Win Dinn 2017

A small painting incorporating discarded wine bottle shrink capsules sold at the opening.

'Squaring the Circle V' 4 x 4" mixed media on canvas  © Win Dinn 2017
This little 'painting' is a favourite for the combination of cast-off blue jeans and coffee bean bags.
'Blue Jean Nosegay' 4 x 4" mixed media on canvas © Win Dinn 2017
The flower in this painting was created from a piece of fabric donated some time ago by Eileen Gidman, a dear art friend.
'Eileen's Flower' 4 x 4" mixed media on canvas © Win Dinn 2017
I shot this photo just before taking the piece down at the end of the show.  I love how the shadows make it look as though there are two hands playing the instrument!

'Ukulele Gone Wild' altered child's toy © Win Dinn 2017
This wall hanging incorporates texturing templates that have been too well used (by myself and students), bottle caps and discarded candy wrappers on the coffee bean bag support.

'Retired' mixed media burlap wall hanging © Win Dinn 2017
 This is my all-time favourite book sculpture to date.  I think he/she/it/other looks totally alien!

'Expat from Arcturus' book sculpture © Win Dinn 2017
 Another burlap and blue jean piece, this one is much larger than the 4 x 4 Blue Jean Nosegay.
'Squaring the Circle IV' 2' x 2' panel © Win Dinn 2017
The leftover bits of burlap went to create these coasters...I've really come to enjoy deconstructing burlap since there are so many ways to play with it.

'Pick up a Sixpack' burlap coasters © Win Dinn 2017
I love the knock-your-eyes-out red fabric centre in this occasional table (there's a painted one, too - but that's for another post)...it's totally true that Red Is Best in my world!
'Fire from the Centre' refurbished  table © Win Dinn 2017
I'd love to know how you incorporate 'headed for the landfill' objects in your art.  Add your ways in the comments below; there are just so many ways to play with oddments I know I'm missing some!

22 comments:

  1. It was such a fun show Win! My grandson loved the fact he was actually invited to touch the works of art! His favourite works were your 'Expat' book, and the 'Good Fortune Journal'.

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    1. Many thanks, Linda - I LOVE it that your grandson enjoyed the 'touch' aspect so much. I can hardly keep my hands off artwork, so that was a favourite element of mine, too. And his appreciation of Expat means a great deal to me - that is currently my favourite book sculpture!! It looks so darn alien!

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  2. I'm all over that cocktail boot and the guitar very cool. Each piece is a very clever use of materials. What do you ladies do with all the artwork you create is it sold or stored or hung?
    Keep up the lovely work.

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    1. We both obviously LOVE the colour on black, Deann - they're faves of mine, too. I suspect the altered ukulele will be a gift for our first grandchild coming in December...that will keep it in the family. The boot is currently in our living room; I no longer show in galleries, but do sell from my blog and in shows; that means, of course, that storage is an issue too. :D

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  3. OOOhhhh how awesome!!! i love them all!! just whets my crafting appetite for more, so hurry up and get more done. hahahaha thanks for sharing all this beautiful art. hugs, patty

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    1. Many thanks, Patty - I'll get right on that! :D

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  4. Fabulous pieces Win. I could kick myself - I was so busy last month with my painting parties and organizing the Summer Art Market that I completely forgot about the Kimberley show. I hope it was great success!

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    1. Thanks, Val - so sorry you missed the show. It was truly outstanding, from Darcy's deconstructed/reconstructed clothing to the incomparable pieces from Alison & Bart at Puffin Design. I am more than inspired yet again!

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  5. Gosh Win! I don't know where to start just love them all, such talent. Big hugs, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela - it was such an inspiring concept and to work with three outstanding artists for the show was an honour!

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  6. Another AMAZING collection... Swoon! I just love how your art brain can see so much potential in everything around you! My favorite are still those hand-stitched curtains out of dryer sheets. Thank you for sharing your ART. Lately I have been repurposing inky paper towels, cardboard boxes and kleenex boxes into all kinds of decorative art. I especially liked the gift tags from kleenex boxes using the beautiful patterns on the box as a background for the tags! My hubby is now afraid to throw anything away! Grin

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    1. Aww, thanks Lynne! I'm very happy with the curtains and still amazed that the conception worked! I love the way you repurpose everything; I'm looking at the tissue boxes in a completely different way now. Glad to know you've got Dean so well trained, too! :D

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  7. Oh my gosh - what amazing pieces you created! Absolutely stunning every single exhibit is a WOWSER in my mind- you are such an unique artist Win Dinn!
    Fabulous !!!!

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    1. Thanks, Susi; I just love it that there are so many things to play with and so many ways to create!

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  8. Who needs Gucci indeed?! Black, red, and circles - what more could a girl need?

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    1. I'm with you, Tracy - that was a fun project, and you know I LOVE circles! :D

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  9. Nice to see your individual pieces and read their descriptions- as well as having some smiles over their titles.
    The shadows created by "Ukelele Gone Wild" are priceless - hands indeed.
    All you art is so inovative, I look forweard to all you future creations!

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    1. Thanks, Alice; it was fun to see all of the trash-to-treasure pieces in the show, and the inspiration was phenomenal. I love the concept of repurposing, and expect it to become the next big thing in the world of creativity.

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  10. Such an diverse variety of art, Win! You're definitely not pigeonholing yourself, which is my biggest fear. I see some established artists with their own style creating the same things over and over again. It's like once you have your own style, that's what you have to do for the rest of your life. This scares me and that's why I choose to be a student forever, so I can feel free to experiment with different styles. That's how I feel at the moment, anyway. It might change in the future - I want to stay open to possibilities!

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    1. You're so correct, Zsuzsa, although I'm not sure that it's the way to earn fame and fortune in the art world (should I be hankering after that!). I find it difficult to stick to doing the same thing over and over until I master it, so I expect to remain a jack of all creative trades. I just love the experimentation and answering of the 'what if's' to the point where I'll no doubt spend the rest of my life playing!

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  11. Oh Win - you and your artist friends always come up with the most unique art ever. As usual with your posts... I have never heard of a Material Change Show! But totally AMAZING to see such INCREDIBLE CREATIVITY. Xj.

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    1. It was a wonderful show, Joi, and a treat to be in such great company!

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