Thursday, November 17, 2005
artmaking with thrifted tools and materials!
-furniture to transform, with fabric and paint
-bags of luscious yarn, in all shades and colors and fibers
-well-worn knitting needles and crochet hooks in every size and configuration
-pieces of unused vintage, and newer fabric, to be put to a myriad of end uses, like quilts, dolls, doll clothes, clothes for people or kids or pets, covering the aforementioned furniture, pillows, and so on, and so forth
-clothes and linens to cut up and transform and remix (why not add a doily to that sweatshirt? or make a dress out of vintage towels?)
-sewing notions of every conceivable type and form
-old magazines and books to be cannibalized for collage
-beautiful old sewing machines (or even knitting machines!) with some miles left on them
-sweaters to felt or frog, to be turned into fun new takes on the idea of "knitwear"
-old crafty tomes to pour through, for inspiration
-paintings or wall art or canvases to add to or paint over
-cups and dishes for the painters, to clean brushes and serve as palettes
-old dishes to smash and turn into funky mosaics
-old jewelry to take apart and reinterpret in a modern way
shoot, the possibilities are really endless...and i could keep adding to to this list infinitely. thrift stores are clearly an indispensable resource for artists and creatives...and anyone with the means of getting their behind to a thrift store should be taking advantage of the art-making treasures within. they are a terrific supplement or even replacement for materials that can be bought new.
i invite you to add your own suggestions of artists materials you could glean from your local thrift! :)