Tag Archives: assemblage artist

On Consignment

I can frequently be seen taking photos in and around the downtown area of Roanoke, VA. I love the small town feel of this little city, with its eclectic collection of shops in mostly antique buildings. Stores in town often have pressed tin ceilings and original hardwood floors, and they exude a feeling of hardworking business owners and friendly exuberance. I want to be a part of that; my option is to get my work on consignment in these places; I have been met with open arms.

Teapot series sculptures in the window of Freckles

Freckles is an awesome retro store and coffee shop on Kirk Avenue in Roanoke. Kirk is my favorite street in town.

The owner met with me and embraced my artwork. I’m thrilled to be part of her shop!

Ripple on Market

Ripple is an eclectic artsy hippie gypsy rock-n-roll type of smoke and gift shop!” A recent move to Market Street from 1st Street in Roanoke has opened Ripple up to a lot more foot traffic. Across from the historic (yet totally revamped) market building, this area has been a place to sell wares for a very long time. Being a part of that environment is important to me. Not just to sell my work but to be a part of tradition in Roanoke.

I approached the owner after seeing a sign in the window that she was looking for artists to consign work in the store. I was on a photo stroll around town when I saw the sign. I was on a photo stroll again when I took these shots last night. Thanks for giving me a chance Ripple!

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Vibrant bird

Vibrant bird in a black and white world

5″ x 9″  Vibrant bird is an assemblage in a new series revolving around the winged. The bird was found at an antique store, for a song. The nest was created from painted nails and metal mesh, and stands on a candle holder.

I relate to this bird at times, being an artist and finding joy and art in what others see as mundane and invisible in their every day lives. That’s not to say my view is superior, far from it! I simply cannot ignore what I see. The nails represent the harsh reality of the world that we often have to deal with. I choose to make the best of it, make a nest of it. I embrace that new box of 64 crayons and pay homage to each color, relishing their scent, feel, vibrancy, and potential.

By Heather Brush. For sale.

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.

Refined

Refined

9 1/2″  x  4 1/2″    Refined is an assemblage sculpture in my tea pot series. The pieces were found at local thrift stores and my favorite antique mall, pulling themselves together in my mind. The “tea” is made of beads, chain and wire. Refined evokes a feel of precise and purposeful tea sipping, to me. Delicate yet strong.

Refined

 

Refined

 

Refined

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

Forest for the Trees – SOLD!

Forest for the Trees back side

21″  x  54″   Forest for the Trees is a glass mosaic. This first photo shows the back side, rough and sharp, but beautiful. The base is an antique window that I picked up at a salvage yard. The trees are antique glass plates and surrounding glass is from green glassware that I had. SMASH! The joy in creating a mosaic like this is in fitting the randomly shaped pieces together. And of course, the finished product. Can you see the forest for the trees?

Forest for the Trees front side

Forest for the Trees

Forest for the Trees

This piece is rather heavy but can be hung in a window or on a wall with back lighting.

By Heather Brush. For sale. SOLD! Just two days in the gallery!

Triple Tea Drop

Triple Tea Drop

13″ x  17″  Triple Tea Drop is an assemblage in my teapot series. This hanging sculpture is my favorite whimsicle tea time piece. The triplet teacups came from Goodwill and the antique yellow tin teapot from my favorite antique mall. The “tea” is made of beads and chain, pouring freely with enough to spare.

Triple Tea Drop

 

Triple Tea Drop

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

5″ x 8″ Spilt Milk is an assemblage piece using an antique tinware cup and saucer, made in Germany, which shows a little girl crying. “Don’t cry over spilt milk.” The “milk” is made of sequins and beads and pours from an old creamer.

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk

By Heather Brush. For sale.