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Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

This piece came from a garage sale in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It had been hand built by a father to hold his children’s clothes. And of course, it was painted white. I changed the background colour and had nice contemporary handles made to match my painted design. (more…)

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Search and Rescue

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

Found at a yard sale in the Coquitlam area near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, this piece was originally painted pink, one of the large drawers missing. The owner was part of a local Search and Rescue team, I turned that into a title for this chest of drawers. (more…)

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Green Tower

Upcycling furniture: chest of drawers

Eighteen drawers – perfect storage! After painting the plain plywood piece I added strips of copper foil for extra sparkle, and the tiny drawer pulls were decorated in different colours to help finding things quickly. The Green Tower was a custom order by my Vancouver friend Debra Drayton who later moved to Mexico, couldn’t take […]

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Upcycling furniture: chair

This chair is part of a set of four stylish oak chairs which I traded in for an old chest of drawers. The bland looking wood was sanded and stained, the drop-in seats needed re-upholstering. (more…)

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Boxes Red

Design: wooden boxes

When painting and selling upcycled furniture in western Canada, I was always looking for smaller items that would be easier to transport and display, and attractive for a smaller wallet. One of the ideas I came up with were these wooden boxes. A friend of mine, Ted Martin from Pitt Meadows in the Fraser Valley, […]

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Circus Shirt Detail

Fabric design: T-shirts

Here is another example of custom made T-shirts from my design studio. I used figure-stamps and added drawings of accessories I remember from circus performances. T-shirt Circus Stamps carved on Speedball Speedy-Cut, cotton fabric, Procion fabric dye, Setacolor fabric paint. 1997    

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Sunday Afternoon

Upcycling furniture: table

Upcycling: the design for this small table, well-proportioned but bland, was created by masking off successive parts of the beech wood table top and painting it in different colours. I wasn’t thinking of a particular motive, but I began to see an image which I best describe through a poem:  (more…)

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Katazome Resist

Fabric design: Katazome table mat

Katazome is a technique of decorating fabric where areas of fabric which are not to be dyed or painted are blocked out. There are many different ways of blocking out; a well-known one is batik, where wax keeps dye or fabric paint from bonding with the fabric. (more…)

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Guckkasten Clown

Design: perspective box

In my early teens an old neighbour once gave me a pile of wooden cigar boxes. I used them to create what’s called “Guckkasten” in German, a perspective box or peep-show box. They contain small bric-a-brac figures in front of a matching background, arranged like frozen scenes of a play. (more…)

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Cast bronze figures

Sculpture: bronze figures

These figures are the result of a bronze casting workshop in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland. I was introduced to hand-built equipment – a kiln and a furnace, plus a roofer’s torch and butane gas as fuel. The students used the lost wax technique: (more…)

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