i see found object flowers
consumed would be a good word to describe how i'm feeling these days. consumed in a good way. short of working on my wood assemblages earlier this year, the vases have been a journey that feels like it has only just begun. the vases are leading me to found object flower making; it only makes sense that i would want to put my own pieces into the vases right? for as much as i love the metal flowers that i bought from an etsy friend i can't afford to keep buying them and i suppose even if i could i would still feel like i should be making my own flowers.
it's a scary thing for me. FLOWERS. ironically i'm not really a flower person, maybe that is why i'm trying to make my own. i love searching for things and here in texas with a heat index of 110 lately it isn't too hard to find bottle cap tops. my personal favorites are the ones that have been tossed onto the blacktop and then run over and squished. i also like automobile plastic so i walk around the auto shops and find interesting objects there as well. i know i have a ways to go. i'm still in vase mode and typically i prefer to have one thing i'm working on at a time. true the vases don't take up as much creative power but they do take up space, time and energy. my goal is to have at least 100+ vases ready for fall markets and holiday online shopping. i'm almost half way there soon as the ones in the queue get finished. the white ones in the picture below are DONE! now i'm working on those cool crackly red and white ones. the others have been cut but not cleaned/ground/painted or readied for affixing vase bottoms. i've got a lot of work ahead of me. i've still got a few hundred pounds of pipe sitting under the porch ready to cut....i'm gonna be a busy noisy neighbor in the coming weeks.
the best part of all of this is that Tod is also into making found object flowers! he has been working on them all week and will post them in his new etsy shop today/tonight. to celebrate we are going to have a give-away which i will post on my etsy blog. tod will be giving away one of his newly designed flowers to be included FREE when you purchase the accompanying vase. be sure and check in on my etsy blog later today to get the scoop!