Our Gallery is the “landing place” for Art’s and my personal artwork. Here we share what inspires us, and how we express it. I am a “gatherer” by both genetic programming and personal proclivity. Somehow I was fortunate enough to meet and marry Art, a man with both a fortuitous name, and a penchant for adventure, travel, wandering and, after a bit of persuasion, “gathering”. My personal artwork is inspired by the natural (& sometimes the un-natural) world around me. Organic flotsam & jetsam along with “found” materials play a major role in what I create. My focus is primarily in collage, mixed media and 3-dimensional pieces, incorporating the above elements along with (of course) handmade papers, the super stars of our Loose Ends Unleashed store. Art enjoys collage & sandpainting, but is particularly interested in finding unusual rocks, stones & raw driftwood then working with them to accent and define their unique characteristics & natural beauty. Our Gallery can be accessed in a variety of ways. Gallery “Album” is a quick “point & click” photo album inclusive of all media. You can also go to a specific media by going to that subject: Seabowls, Collage, etc. You can access these links here (below) or from the top bar menu on any page. Sandi Gallery “Album” Seabowls ...Read More
Handmade paper is both our business and our passion. Made from a huge variety of natural botanical materials, the diversity of texture, natural coloration, visible fiber, etc. is limitless. Art and I travel overseas to find our papermakers and we now (after 20 years) know most of them personally. We have to fall in love with the piece before we add it to our extensive inventory of papers. As an artist, I am most interested in color, texture and other visual qualities, and therefore we have organized our papers into “Collections” that express similar qualities. Hopefully you will find this arrangement helpful. Handmade Paper Collections takes you directly to our handmade papers for browsing and shopping Marketplace Store will take you to our entire store where you can find unusual fibers, textiles and other assorted cool things, along with our extensive handmade paper collection. Handmade Paper category in this Blog site, looseendspaperandart.com will take you to some of our ideas on paper projects for artists/craftspeople. Whether you are a collage/mixed media artist, a designer, maybe make handmade cards, or are just someone who loves paper (lots of us paper freaks out here) we think you will discover some unusual and exciting offerings...Read More
Absolutely one of our most favorite materials to work with, Abaca is a natural fiber harvested from a close relative of the banana tree. Literally hundreds of different things can be made with this extremely tough fiber, everything from traditional Phillippino wedding dresses to mat siding for beach huts – but it is the light airy textile that we are in love with. We specialize in this versatile textile and have it available in a variety of colors, widths, patterns and configurations. We work directly with our overseas weavers and are honored to work with excellent craftsmen that take personal pride in the workmanship. As an art medium, you are only limited by what your imagination can come up with – & THAT is never a problem for us! Want ideas??? – check out our Blog Category, Abaca, Jute & Other Favorite Fibers. Check out our selection of over 100 different options on Abaca Fiber ...Read More
Welcome to Loose Ends
Sandi, Art & Thistle
Are you looking for “outside-the-box” art, design and/or decorating ideas? Well, so are we, and we’ve made a lifetime career out of it!
So, here’s the plan – Our blog is the place where we will share information, ideas, inspiration, observations and an assortment of random thoughts on just about anything that catches our interest (all those “loose ends”).