Category Archives: Literary Influence

Healing Angel

 

IMG_8081 Healing Angel is an altered book piece. She is roughly a foot tall and rotates on her stand. Created from an antique home medical reference book, her feathered wings are aged pages of obscurity.  Created by Heather Brush  IMG_8074IMG_8076 IMG_8079 IMG_8083

Qwerty

IMG_1935 Qwerty is a piece of wearable art, complete with necklace and earrings. This work created itself in my mind one night while I was trying to sleep. I’d been invited to participate in a Wearable Art Fashion Runway Show with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. I’ve never done any kind of wearable art before, other than tie dying! But I knew I had this wonderful antique crocheted chemise that I’ve been wanting to do something with for years. I must have gone to bed thinking of it because I woke in the night with a plan. The attack on the Remingtons would begin in the morning. IMG_1940 These type arms came from a portable version, a streamliner. And just so everyone knows who created this piece, my initials are front and center. It’s weird how that worked out. The keypads are from an older Remington and are attached by snaps to allow for washing. The ribbons, reminiscent of typewriter ribbon, are washable, as they are created from bias tape.  IMG_1937IMG_1933IMG_1945
To see this in person, and modeled live, plan on being at Wonderland Gallery the end of September. Here’s more info:

wearable art flyerOr go to www.wonderlandroanoke.com

For sale, unless my daughter snaps it up first. By Heather Brush.

Table of Conundrums

Table of Conundrums

23″ x 30″  Table of Conundrums is an altered piece, fully functional and ready to inspire a smile. This antique table has beautiful simple lines and wood tone. The top was slightly discolored (someone had some beverages on the bare wood), and called for assistance. I love the fade and age of old book pages and felt that rather than stripping the top, adding a layer of interest might be better.

The book was printed in 1902 and was falling apart, so not to worry book lovers, I’d never kill a book without consideration. “Conundrums, Riddles, Puzzles and Gags,” by John Ray was published by Frederick J. Drake & Company. The pages are full of one-liners, jokes and puns, many of which are demonstrative of the time period in which the book was published.

Sealed and safe for reading or serving tea on.

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.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

8″ x 15″  Hansel and Gretel is a shadowbox work of assemblage. The background is oil pastel blended with linseed oil. The rest is an assemblage of found and created items. The twisted tree is made of wire, the blackbirds are baked clay, and the witch’s house above is comprised of a wire house frame and bits of a Candyland game board.  Hansel and Gretel are a pair of antique dolls, previously packaged together as brother and sister.

Hansel and Gretel detail

Hansel and Gretel top view

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is part of a series of works I am doing, reflecting on fairy tales and fables. By Heather Brush. For sale.

Hansel and Gretel detail