Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sweet Copper Tea

Sweet Copper Tea

8″ x 16″  Sweet Copper Tea is an assemblage sculpture. This sweet copper teapot found me in an antique store. The spot-of-tea cup and saucer followed suit in the same store. They belonged together, as I show here. The base is an old candlestick. The pouring tea is made of several kinds of old necklace chain.

Sweet Copper Tea

Sweet Copper Tea

Sweet Copper Tea

Sweet Copper Tea

By Heather Brush. For sale.

One Kiss Frog Prince

One Kiss Frog Prince

11″ x 15″  One Kiss Frog Prince is an assemblage in my series of works depicting fairy tales and fables. I so enjoyed creating this one! The prince is created from bits of fiction (aren’t they all?), and washed in green acrylic.

One Kiss Frog Prince

The base for the piece is an old wooden box I’d found at a thrift store for $2. It was an oil paint set box. Lining the box are end papers from an old book of fairy tales. The princess is adorned with bits and pieces I pulled together. Blowing her one kiss to the frog prince, she remains slightly out of reach.

One Kiss Frog Prince

One Kiss Frog Prince

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Firefly

Firefly

8″ x 3″  Firefly is an assemblage of found objects. Created from an aquarium lightbulb, parts of table knives, a thimble, snaps, wire and a repurposed stand. Lightning bug chases were a big part of my childhood, and this guy reminds me to go after what I want in a big way.

Firefly

Firefly

Firefly

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″  Slow Rider is an assemblage carrying on my series of fairy tale and fable pieces. The Tortoise and the Hare is an Aesop fable that has been retold many times. Here, the hare hitches a sleepy ride atop the tortoise.

Slow Rider

The pair trudge through the forest, complete with trees created from moss and sewing pattern paper. The wooden box is lined with bits of an antique childrens’ book, complete with a wonderful illustration of the story.

Slow Rider tree detail

One of my favorite parts of this piece is how the found objects came to me. The stoneware tortoise was found at a Goodwill and I tried to think of how I would create the hare. Some weeks later I had the urge to go to another Goodwill, went straight back to the housewares section and found the sleeping rabbit on the shelf. It was kismet.

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

The tortoise seems happy enough to carry the load to the finish line.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″  Spilled Ink is an assemblage. Newsprint covers a wooden box while a brown antique glass ink jar spills ink directly toward the viewer. The ink is created from velvet, strips of newsprint, beads and string. Words clipped from my local paper demonstrate how the written word is a tool and paintbrush for journalists. I chose the title upon reflecting upon my time working in a newsroom where I witnessed and participated in the bloodletting that is, at times, writing news. It is a fast paced profession, beating deadlines, attacking last minute breaking news, giving the reader what they need and want, all while being precise and direct. This piece is made with all of my journalist friends in mind. Ink is in their blood, and lungs.

Spilled Ink

Spilled Ink

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Ink Poured

Ink, Poured

5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″  Ink, Poured is an assemblage. Charles Dickens has likely never been used so, but his words (among others’) cover the outside of a wooden box, and are found amidst the ink pouring from a purple antique ink jar. The inside of the box is plastered with blank page bits from the same antique book (not a complete Dickens work, but an anthology of segments from great works of fiction). Paying tribute to those authors who pour ink onto blank canvas and create wonder. The ink is created of beads, velvet, lines from the book and string.

Ink, Poured detail

Ink, Poured

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Taste of Summer Innocence

Taste of Summer Innocence

4″ x 8″  Taste of Summer Innocence is an assemblage depicting many a summer night from my childhood. Chasing fireflies with a coffee jar was one of my favorite things to do. For this piece I used an antique Maxwell House jar, reminiscent of the ones Grandma saved for me. The lightning bugs are created from holiday light covers and bits of metal my dad had found with his metal detector and saved for who knows how long. Do you recognize the backs of clip on earrings?

Taste of Summer Innocence detail

Taste of Summer Innocence detail

Taste of Summer Innocence wing detail

Every lightning bug haven needs a few leaves (these, made of beads and metal) to make the inhabitants feel at home, and of course, air holes in the top. The bugs are mounted on wire and chain, and so they don’t remain stationary when the jar is moved. The resulting sound of a slight clink against the glass is almost realistic.

Taste of Summer Innocence

Taste of Summer Innocence

By Heather Brush. For sale.