A couple of weeks ago I was so excited to open my box of 8 porcelain dog heads bought from the etsy.com shop, Burlap Luxe.. I had never encountered such a wonderful variety of breeds before, which meant more varied creations. Here are the heads that I started with (all vintage "Made in Japan" salt or pepper shakers):
Next, I found tins for each of them that I thought brought out the color, personality and style of each dog . . .
And then gradually each individual, one-of-a-kind dog took shape into a character with an appropriate name or title by embellishing with various found objects such as knobs, buttons, faucet handles, pins, lead soldiers, bobbins, jewelry, brass flowers and butterflies, lace, spools, jewelry cabinet feet, pulley wheels, etc. And here they are!
I just returned from my first opening reception at a juried art gallery show in NYC! I feel truly honored to have had my southwest assemblage piece, "Rhinestone Cowgirl," picked as one of 150 pieces from 1300 submitted to the Really Affordable Art Show that is running weekends, 1-6PM, at the BWAC Gallery, 499 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY, from Oct 3-25.. The juror was Carolyn Ramo, the Executive Director of Artadia. I was even more pleased when I was able to pick another of my pieces as an "artist's pick" for the show. Through unanimous vote on my Shenna's Vintage Creations Facebook page, my quirky steampunk doll, "LoveLocked" was chosen to make the arduous but exciting journey to Brooklyn. By arduous, I mean she is undoubtedly the most challenging of my creations to try to package and send! Alas, it was a learning experience for me because when I arrived at the gallery, she was a little askew and needed some tweaking. A lesson learned, "ALWAYS BRING MY TOOL KIT!" Fortunately with the help of my husband and the very kind staff, I was able to get her in tip top shape. I was informed later by a friend how perfect a match LoveLocked would be for that area since lovers have a tradition of putting a padlock on the Brooklyn Bridge with their initials on it to solidify their love!
I was very excited to make the trip out with my husband and daughter and to have my sister-in-law and her family meet us at the gallery for the opening reception. I have been wanting to break into the NYC market, believing that my quirky/whimsical/steampunk style is in keeping with the type of art that New Yorkers tend to find appealing. This is at least a step in the right direction.
I felt blessed to be included amongst many talented artists from all over the country. I met some very interesting people, mostly fellow artists and art enthusiasts, and really enjoyed studying and admiring other people's creations. It was a windy, rainy day and the area outside the gallery was flooded with water, so I was grateful that despite these obstacles, several hundred people came to show their support and appreciation of art!
I am 57 years old, a wife of 26 years, a mother of a wonderful and independent 18-year-old daughter, a clinical psychologist who treats adults in private practice, and last, but definitely not least, an artist. Whew! That was a mouth full. My passion is creating one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptural animals, dolls, and cake toppers (with a little multi-media collage thrown in for good measure). I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!