Seeing, Adapting, Modifying Toys
Part of being an artist is looking at materials for their potential.
A mere stroll through Lowe’s, an antique sale or your immense stash of stuff can yield some surprising inspiration.
My newest find is — drum roll please— a rabbit droppings tray! It seemed to have the right dimensions to marble bandanas. After testing it for waterproofness– it wasn’t– I lined the aluminum with heavy plastic & secured with the ever-present duct tape. It is 24″ square which is just the size for 22″ fabric bandanas! Perfect!
Found this in Norris, TN at an outdoor antique/junque sale.
The nice guy even rooted around & dug found another one! Boxed & everything for $3 each.
What a great find!
You can see the rabbit droppings tray in action at Cliff Dwellers Gallery today Upstairs in the Open Studio where I marble.
Another adaptation didn’t go so well. Was trying to put wheels on a 5-gallon bucket. Those are getting heavier & heavier to lift when they are filled with water & marbled scarves.
Could it be age? Could it be back problems raising their ugly & painful heads? Whatever!
The magic duct tape, masking tape & heavy twine combo didn’t do the job this time. Back to the drawing board.
If you’ve seen my marbling demonstration or have taken a class from me, you are familiar with the last modification.
When facing my first class of 14 adults at Arrowmont many years ago, I realized that I didn’t have tools for that many people. In the middle of Lowe’s I had an epiphany!
While looking for something that I could adapt, there in the drywall aisle were 10 & 12′ sections of marbling tools!
Of course, Lowe’s referred to them as drywall bead, but I knew better!
Plastic, waterproof, inexpensive, can be cut with scissors– perfect! When I teach, everyone makes a set of tools in a short time to keep as their own. Students are more likely to continue marbling if they have the tools. I’ll let you guess what the pins are. Any takers?
Am now searching for a display for my nook at Carousel Gardens that will display my marbled scarves to advantage in a clever & artistic way. Any suggestions?