1/6/10

bottle cap floor

as usual, the lighting SUCKS and i brought my small camera so the quality also sucks. but here ya go. the bottle cap floor being put down in one of the first floor bedrooms at the bone house. so far it has just been me putting the actual floor down, tod and i have gone through and sorted a good chunk by color and as you can see in #4 i played with two design possibilities, as did i also try some at home with sample caps. i liked the zig zag pattern but realized it wasn't relaxing and not good for a floor. these caps remind me of when i was on the road, having left arizona to go find myself and thinking i would be an artist. i remember drawing a lot of little designs for tile ideas and it all came back to me when i started working on this floor.

there are limitations...mostly because it is a small room and it isn't my house. i would do it completely different i think, as there would be more space and time to make a real design. i didn't feel i could do that here, which is fine, as i'm probably NOT going to be the only one working on this floor. i've basically just made little blobs of same caps intertwined with others. no big deal but it looks nice enough, almost quilt like to me. i would love to do something in the center, a big spiral that splashes off into all of this but again, its a small confined space and i dont have the luxury of doing it all myself. ultimately this floor, as will the wine cork floor, be grouted and then resin put over it.

i dont know why i numbered those pictures....not thinking today. i'm a bit distracted. seems life is chaotic and noisy and crazy right now. i'm also obsessed with working on my little wood things and still wondering what i'm doing with all that. many directions i want to go and having little time for any one thing. discombobulation.

4 comments:

sarala said...

It will look pretty amazing. Maybe you can do something in the future in one of your own pieces that is more to your particular aesthetic. I could see the idea in a table top or a restaurant floor or something.

Margaret Ryall said...

This looks very funky Paula. There are so many different ways to recycle materials in a home. It certainly doesn't have to be boring but it must be back breaking.

CTStudios said...

This is certainly a commitment to a vision; keeping the patterns coherent, filling all those little caps with thinset, on your knees, for hours and hours.

It's going to be so incredible unique ...

paula said...

yep today it all changed as another person worked on it and more to follow. i think if you did it yourself and took the time to design something and stuck with it it would be amazing! this is going to be fun and crazy though, no doubt. and it is killing the knees and back but hey, at least i get to play a little and do something that feels useful.