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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Aullwood: Repurposing

The Theme at Aullwood this year is "It's a Green World." Joan Sterr, who I know from the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network, submitted this piece called "My Cup Runneth Over."

If I had to characterize Joan's work, I would say that she usually has an element of playfulness in her pieces....a clarity and simplicity which is fresh and fun. Something which was brought home today when I saw her felted pieces and small quilts she brought to our group.

Joan made this piece out of re-purposed materials. The background fabric was given to her, something which was being discarded. The flowers and basket, however are just too wild for words. The whole image is made from bras which Joan was going to discard.

Thg lines of the stems are the underwires. The little loops the strap adjustment parts. All of the other bits and pieces were from the decoration and body of the bras. I think that the black center is a button, but I can't clearly remember.

The woven part of the basket is made from the straps. Even the top and sides of the basket are made from straps and decorative parts.

Just great fun...and keeping things out of the landfill. Way to go Joan!


Shady Character said...

Very clever!

Dawn said...

I love this!!! I'm so glad you posted it. I just love that its made from bra parts! Way to go Joan! Love her sense of humor!

Anonymous said...

Now if this isn't inspiration, nothing is! I love it, this is wonderful! New ideas are filling my head! Thanks!

Vivien Zepf said...

From a distance it looks like applique; very clever!

P.S. My authentication word is "Bras". HA!

Michigoose said...

Joan IS very clever and a very good technician as well as having an innate design sense. So many of these re-purposed items have an awkward look, but I think Joan's doesn't. Thanks so much for saying such nice things about her IS deserved and I'll make sure she keeps on coming back to check the comments out. :)

Susan Schaller said...

Susan Schaller said... Your piece is so clever and every time I see it inspires me more !