You already know that Zoe finds great junk on the street. Sometimes she can walk the stuff home, but often she has to drive back to the discovery site with the car. One of the labors of love we did last weekend was load up my car with fine architectural tile, all in warm neutrals with different textures, about seven boxes in all. I am already composing for our new bathroom,which is just being built.
Whether in construction or in the making of art, new materials are my influence to create. The universe presents me with stuff, and it is my challenge to get them to work together to state a theme visually or intellectually. This is why I get up in the morning.
At the end of this construction will be the new master bathroom, and beyond that a deck, projecting into the woods. On that back wall will be a collection of different kinds of mismatched windows, from 14 inches off the ground to the ceiling. All free, of course.
About ten years ago, Zoe told me that she needed a cement seat for two pedestals that she already had. A year later, we had it. I found an old septic tank cover in the yard of some rentals we bought at one time. It was perfect, but two women couldn’t lift it. We got a wretch out of bed to lift it for us and Zoe gave him twenty dollars. He was thrilled!
Above is the septic tank cover disguising itself as a fine bench! Below is a brass deer head that Zoe and her husband found in France. They had it shipped back here to use in the garden, and it is very heavy. Right now, instead of hanging on the side of the little screened in building, it is leaning and waiting for installation. It will take some work to deal with this weight.
I told you Zoe and I had similar tastes, but mine tends toward cheaper materials, and a less elegant selection. Below is MY deer example, boasting a dress from Bonwit Teller.
So Zoe emailed this morning, and has found some more tile. She will pick it up when she goes out again to the gym.