Why do this? To see if it could be done. The origin of my work is always with the materials. They inspire new ideas whether it was back in the day when I stitched reacting to a wonderful new pattern, or whether, in this case, when my husband gave me a fine set of wooden casters. Who knows why he rejected them, but they gave me all kinds of ideas. This piece stands around 34 inches tall. The wooden high chair within the system of windows is for a doll.
The wooden windows are screwed together in a “Z” conformation to a depth of about 24 inches. An old toy wooden hammer and toy ladder make up the rest of the elements that serve to embed the chair within the windows. Initially the chair was purchased for its wooden parts, but the more interesting question became the merging of the two compositions together.
The seat of the doll chair has luminous single digit numbers and bits of paper under layers of varnish.
The former chair then inspired the next chair, which made itself into a gift for the baby of my baby, Benjamin. It started as a reaction to the first chair, and then became HIS chair as the universe presented elements to me, over and over again, which represent his first trip around the sun.
I bought the little chair without a back years ago. It became a plant stand. I loved the peeling paint, and for this piece it has been preserved with layers of varnish. The bit of brownish paper on the right front leg came with it; as the chair began to form and use so many warm browns, I added the rest of the newspaper bits, from an old St. Louis paper. Have to get his heritage into the work! One bit just says “boy”.
Glenn has lots of rusty metal farm parts for his work around. I love the hay rakes and the way he stretches and curls them in his work but here one is used intact, minus the handle. The bird couples had all been secured at the flea market at one time or another. Interestingly when looking for dowels to use there was the little wooden plane at the bottom of the dowel box. Perfect for a little boy’s circle of the sun in his first year. All the circles used in the composition refer to this trip as well.
The arms constructed for this chair are fairly complex using a mismatched pair of wooden swans, same with wooden birds (mismatched), and a spoon and a fork. They are finished with the inside and outside of an embroidery hoop with a nod to his grandmama, the former stitcher. The tail of the little plane moves, as well as the rotor. We shall see how he feels about this (un)toy.