This collection was purely driven by instinct, and a process that was not planned before hand. The only thing I knew going into it was that I wanted to incorporate a wagon wheel. So, with my mom in tow, we went to this wonderful shop call Class and Trash (http://www.classandtrash.com/) and looked around. I asked if there was a wagon or cart wheel available, and she pointed to this wonderful wooded wheel on top of a large armoire, and then it began! As we looked through the store, the little things that caught my eye would just spark ideas and fuel my imagination, and I actually was overwhelmed but so excited. There was so much! So many possibilities, and everything was full of a history and told it's own story. So anyway, once I left with everything I needed, and full of the intention of coming back to re supply for other projects, I went home an lied everything out. I would come up with ideas of how to get my vision to work, and once I chose one that I liked, I did it. And that was my process, that's what it took. Of course, executing it took some time, but coming up with the plan did not take much. I just kind of went with it, and let the objects take me on the ride.
I am amazed that the yearning for a wagon wheel turned into something so much more for me. This was a new idea for me, the idea of antique objects. I've always been drawn to these things, and my style has always been rustic and earthy, but this is a direction that I truly enjoy and am very much looking forward to. I want to be able to take things that are no longer wanted, things that have their own history and person, and I want them to tell the story. I want to make minimal changes, but make them all the same so that the story flows and matches the object. So this was a door opener for me; although it was not ridiculously difficult, it did have it's challenges, but really opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities. And the pieces are almost introspective. In a sense, they tell there story, but also reflect upon me, and remind me of things that I enjoyed or struck me, and hence become part of my own story. I incorporate them into my life, and they incorporate me into theirs, and it is a wonderful thing.
In conclusion, I am very much stimulated by these objects, and I am looking forward to trying to interpret their stories, and also give them a new one to tell.