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Service for One

Service for One

11″ x 11″    Service for One is an assemblage piece in my teapot series. The parts pull together as I find them, creating a whole. The silver plate was found in Goodwill; I love the tarnished finish. The teacup was from an antique store, and is full of “tea” comprised of chain and ribbon. The small coffee pot is also from Goodwill, reminiscent of one my grandmother used for years. It is held in the hand of an altered wire picture holder. Together the pieces create a common moment, an intimate happening.

Service for One

 

Service for One

 

Service for One

By Heather Brush. For sale.

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The Dress Doctor

The Dress Doctor

9″ x 16″  The Dress Doctor is an assemblage that hangs on the wall. Part of a series I am doing that utilizes old books, this piece pays homage to those seamstresses of yore. My grandmother was one of them. The book is embellished with an image of an old sewing machine, much like the one she used.

The piece is created inside of a wooden box top, which is covered in pattern paper. Lining the box is a cardboard box for a vital tool, the hem marker, which is mounted to the side of frame. I love the iconic image of a woman.

The Dress Doctor

I created a wire dress form and mounted it to the side, balancing the image from the front cover. And what dress maker would be able to work without pins? A line of which frames the top corner.

The Dress Doctor

The Dress Doctor

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Singing Praises

Singing Praises

7″ x 15″  Singing Praises is an assemblage piece that truly pulled itself together. All I did was make sure it stayed that way. The hymnal is very old and I love the patina of it. I was flipping through it to find a particular song to pull out and use when I found this slip of paper at the page I’ve used in the background. Look closely at it and you can make out the words “God be.” I envisioned a young child being kept quiet in a pew, her mother giving her the paper and a pencil to practice her writing.

Singing Praises

As I was composing the piece, I knew I needed something more, and wanted a pencil that would point out the image I had of the girl in the pew. I searched my studio and luckily found this Jesus Christ pencil. I’m not at all sure where it came from, but there it was. Still, I needed something more.

Singing Praises

I went to my favorite antique mall, where they know me all too well. While strolling down the last aisle, an all-for-one-price basket of rusty goodness in one hand, I spotted this cross. Even in this very religious area that I live in, this piece is kind of unique. I knew it was what I needed right away. So I brought it home, and finished “Singing Praises.”

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Boxed Beauty

Boxed Beauty

8″ x 16″ open.  Boxed Beauty is an assemblage piece in a series I am doing that include books. This one is centered on a book I found at Goodwill that was published in 1955, titled, The Handbook of Beauty.

Boxed Beauty

With “over 100 detailed easy-to-follow illustrations” I wanted to showcase the book in a way that viewers could interact, and see the inside. So, I glued sections together so they would stay stiff and sturdy and used bobby pins to “bookmark” certain pages. Hairstyles, how to apply make up, posture advice and so on. How are we modern women becoming beautiful without this book? 😉

Boxed Beauty

The box lid holds a few tools for the lady, including an antique pin, perfume bottle, some pearls and a compact to check her lipstick with. There is a section of advice under the mirror that tells a lady how proportioned she is supposed to be: “A waistline 7 to 9 inches smaller than your bust.”

Boxed Beauty

The piece can be made to stay open and hang on a wall, or it can be partially open and sit on a shelf. Boxed Beauty is posted for day 29 of Art Every Day Month. By Heather Brush. For sale.

Boxed Beauty

 

Merry

Merry

4 1/2″ x 8″ (when closed)  Merry is an assemblage chick with nothing to hide. Created from this and that, her more recognizable pieces are a tin muffin cup and enamel tea set tray. Her hide out is an antique candy tin.

Merry

 

Merry

I started a series of people forms and am having a lot of fun with them. This one is shared for day six of Art Every Day Month.

Merry

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Fancy That!

Fancy That!

9  1/2″  x  4 1/2″   Fancy That! is an assemblage sculpture in my tea pot series. This little copper teapot caught my eye at my favorite antique mall, but the sweet little tea cup was found at a thrift store. I love the pretty salmon color inside the cup and the vibrant blue outside. I could imagine drinking a spot of hot tea from this vessel, pinky held high. Together the piece brings to mind an afternoon tea picnic, under a tree with a sweetly scented breeze blowing.

Fancy That!

Assemblage art is enjoyable to me in that it allows me to bring together found objects to re-create something new and unigue. If a piece opens the mind to a feeling or pleasurable reaction, then it is sucessful. Here, a little bit of fancy might bring a smile to someone.

Fancy That!

By Heather Brush. For sale and available at One Block East Gallery in Roanoke, VA.

A Spot in Stripes

A Spot in Stripes

8″ x 8″  A Spot in Stripes is an assemblage piece in my tea pot series. The base is a scrollwork metal wire box top found at the goodwill. The tiny tea cup is bold in stripes and creates a fun flare I couldn’t resist. The spot of “tea” created of sequins, wire and beads, pours from a blue antique tin tea pot.

A Spot in Stripes

A Spot in Stripes

 

A Spot in Stripes

This piece is available at Roanoke, Virginia’s newest gallery, One Block East.

By Heather Brush. For sale.