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« on: January 04, 2004 03:27:52 PM »

I would like to create some shrine art from found objects/sentimental objects/photos/ancestral stuff...
has anyone tried this?

I really like the work of Renee Stout

http://www.uam.ucsb.edu/Pages/stout.html

...but I'm a little stumped as to what to use as a base. I have some old crates (topless) but most are large enough to be intimidating to fill, and I would like to use something more permanent than cardboard or papier mache.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2004 04:26:41 PM »

a cigar box made of wood isn't too big and isn't tiny.

you can find those at flea markets or (i imagine) ebay.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2004 10:22:58 PM »

Check out Joseph Cornell
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/cornell/
..... he was a surrealist artist from the 1930's - 40's ...... majority of his work deals with memory boxes ...... take a look at the pics, they may give you some ideas.
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2004 04:09:33 AM »

speak, his work is awesome!  Smiley

Thank you for sharing; I'm getting ideas already!
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2004 11:47:31 AM »

Joseph Cornell is my favorite artist ever.  IKEA actually has wooden boxes with glass fronts and backs that open as for a picture frame.  They're rather expensive, though, and one of the charms of these art-shrine-boxes is that even the boxes were made by the artist.  Get some thin wood and some glue-- it's not as difficult as it seems.
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2004 10:40:28 PM »

thanks for the encouragement, susan!

I've put aside a small 2-drawer jewelry box my bf gave me our very first Christmas to decorate and place sentimental objects in (and glue on top of...!) We have a memory box with lots of our old stuff in it I can pick through.

You're right; I have enough wood scraps and tools that making something will soon become necessary. Ahhh, I can almost smell the sawdust.  Cheesy Thanks again!
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2004 01:49:23 PM »

Ive just discovered this site and am so excited by it!

I have lots of wooden crates from off licences - sometimes they are free and sometimes just a couple of pounds.  

Also love the work of Joseph Cornell too.

Am trying to figure out how the site works and once I do, will post some of my work for viewing (gulp!) Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2004 12:45:31 PM »

Okay, here goes... my first found object shrine: (assuming I can successfully load the image)



It's made from a wooden "inbox", a spindle found in the rubble from a demolished church, put together with various nuts, screws and washers found in jars in my garage (from previous homeowners), a discarded drawer-pull...
It's decorated primarily with objects found by a friend of mine (I'm going to send it on to her as a gift), like a brandy bottle shaped like a matador, a vintage Spanish ad-leaflet, a photo that was contained in the leaflet, a sperm-ring earring (don't ask - I didn't! Wink), a bottle of jinx remover, a skull charm that I added some beads to and put on a keychain... and the bud vase is one of those individual florist thingies wrapped with twine and secured to a wine cork...

Phew! It only took a couple of hours, and I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out, and the way everything kinda fit together. There are a few fortune cookie fortunes decoupaged on it too, that are applicable to my friend.

Hope you like it... and I really hope the picture works! Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2004 02:16:34 PM »

dude thats awsome and you could do one out of a suitcase like in "White Oleander" where she took different suitcases and did bassically the same concept...
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2004 08:35:09 PM »

I am reading that book... I am like 32 pages from being done with it.... Ugh I hate reading the endings...

But yea I think that it would be really cool.... If I could put something together that well.
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