What’s New?? (besides my new website getting launched any minute. Thanks to Kelly Merta at HangWire) This car: “Life is Such A Ride”. The doors and hatchback open. The wheels go around. No motor though….
Do you like the circle of elephants on the roof?? It s mounted on a small lazy susan, so that it rotates. Some people know what a lazy susan is and some people don’t, even in hardware stores. Its a rotation mechanism: 2 metal plates with bearings in between. (Why not Lazy Stanley?)
Do you like the wings? Ive been keeping an eye out for brass or resin birds in thrift stores. I cut off the wings, using my super duper VERY loud dye-grinder with a cutting wheel on it, and being very careful. I put the excess bird parts on top of my wood stove. Heat retention, according to my innovative brother Pat.
Do you like the hood ornament? Used to be a bell. Well, it still is. I drilled a hole in the hood; the bell part is inside, glued in, in a big way.
The armature for this piece is a modified pink Barbie volkswagon bug, by the way. Those things are built to last! Incredibly hard to take apart.
I used to have a doll business. Notice the picture of me and Helen with the nuns in the upper left (The life-size nuns on roller skates were Helen’s design) . It finally worked into a wholesale doll pin business for the bread and butter part of my life, while I pursued other sculpture in what i called the Real Art part of my life. I figure I made about 90,000 dolls pins between 1982 and 2003. I used to send packets of needles to my mum in Toronto, and she would send them back, threaded. I think she threaded 75,000 needles for me. The wholesale work was a bit gruelling at times, but I was usually grateful for it. Look at the History Channel on my website for more vintage artwork.
This is a world traveller that was purchased at American Crafts in Ithaca NY. Thank you!
If you feel like it, you could email me a picture of something you purchased from me, now on location in your house.