In honor of Earth Day I made a little art quilt from found objects. My one goal was to find them in my trash cans. The only new item used in this little quilt was the thread. I teach classes at my local JoAnn and when showing a student how to do something in class I end up with a lot of little "bits" of unfinished things. Small parts of wire wrapping or hammered metal, unfinished paintings and bits of clay beads or buttons with no little partners. All these little bits end up tossed on one of the tables in my play room and seem never to get anything done with them. So this morning I went around and gathered selvage, fabric from the trash, part of an envelope, dryer sheets, a lone bead, little bits of fabric, a flower painted on card stock and even a Walmart bag. I'd never done a mixed media collage and after getting over the initial wonder of how do I start it was a lot of fun. I also used fabric paints and walnut dye.
My mother taught me to cherish the earth. She loved wildlife, plants and being outside. She helped me get over my very bad fear of bees and to enjoy just sitting and looking at trees and the wonder of nature. I can't see a bird or flower without thinking of her. Then too with Mother's day around the corner my mind flows to her too. My eyes will mist up and I get a tightness in my chest from missing her so much. But she left me so much. My outlooks towards nature just one of them.
I'm a big fan of reusing things and this copper necklace was made of wire from old car parts (electric motors). It's nice copper wire about 16 ga. It hammers nicely and since it's free it's great for my experimenting. The round sections are washers.