Archive for May 3rd, 2009
Sandhi Schimmel Gold creates amazingly detailed mosaic art from tiny pieces of discarded menu items, junk mail postcards, business cards, old greeting cards, cruise itineraries, gallery openings…
In her own words – “It is my mission to create fine art from a variety of materials and messages. I upcycle the materials advertisers use to bombard society with their version of beauty – in images and verbiage. I believe we are an aggregate of tiny bits: who we are and where we’ve been – or who we want or pretend to be. The tesserae, the “tiles” I create represent those bits in color and texture and meaning”.
A public collection of old electrical and electronic goods and batteries will take place on the following dates in the locations detailed below.
9th May: Tesco Celbridge, Kildare – 10am – 4pm
9th May: Tesco Maynooth, Kildare – 10am – 4pm
9th May: Naas Racecourse, Kildare – 10am – 4pm
16th May: Tesco Tullamore, Offaly – 10am – 4pm
Members of the public are encouraged to bring any old electrical or electronic goods or batteries to these days for recycling. All old domestic electrical equipment and batteries will be accepted free of charge for recycling – from large appliances (fridges, cookers, washing machines) to smaller items (such as toasters, kettles, stereos, TVs, tools, PCs and monitors) and batteries (such as AAs and car batteries).
Domestic waste, chemicals, paints, green waste, medicines or aerosols will not be accepted.
If, like me, you have a weakness for all things pixellated – Mike Edwards’ excellent DIY Art website has a free online tool that you can use to convert your photos into a numbered grid for do it yourself pixel paintings. You can buy a kit with everything you need to get started, or just download your free grid and use your own paints.
Here are two companies that make exquisite jewellery from recycled forks and spoons.
Fork And Spoon Jewelry is a family business. The Leidelmeyer family have been silversmithing and jewellery making since 1970, and make a promise to their customers that only authentic flatware, including vintage and antique, is used to make their handcrafted jewellery.
Forkometry is an Australian company whose fork and spoon jewellery, as well as weather vanes, sculptures and ‘spoondalabra’ candle holders are available from various outlets listed on their site. Forkometry specialises in creating unique designs from converted silverware, weathered wood & collected objects.
Daniel Danger is a New England illustrator and printmaker, best known for his screen-printed art prints and posters, which often sell out immediately upon release. His website says of his work –
“Amidst old houses dead from the fallout of urban sprawl, railway bridges asleep from neglect, and trees that engulf everything; his work attempts to remind you of something you may have said to someone, or something someone may have said to you; back in that time period thats just too far away to remember clearly, but not so long ago you forgot about it completely. His memories and many of his friends are simply ghosts now, shaking him awake with mistimed alarm clocks and the sounds of a television from across the house. Documentation is key to get through the day. Things are always changing and its easy to lose yourself.”
Daniel runs Tiny Media Empire production company which releases his prints as well as elaborately packaged vinyl records and albums, artwork and vinyl box sets, designer toys, and prints by other artists.
I think my house needs one of these prints. Or two. Or three…