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”).
– but I know that lots of other things will creep in – like bones – I love bones and always pick up any that come my way – found this fellow in a dry arroyo in Mexico. Artists, art fairs and events, and of course Thistle, our street dog rescue from Baja are always favorite topics, and of course travel.
So, here’s the plan – this 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”)
Handmade paper, natural fibers, textiles, found objects, Nature’s castoffs, et.al, and all the creative things you can do with them will, of course, be a main focus
Artists, art fairs and events, and of course Thistle, our street dog rescue from Baja are always favorite topics, and of course travel –
– and then there are those interesting bits of strange information that we come by, and the occasional odd observations, and, and, and, and – (the name “loose ends” says it all)
(this sign is on Interstate 5 in northern California)
Any of you who have ever followed any of my other writing know that “flow of consciousness” is NOT one of my problems – if I think it, good chance you will probably read it – “what if I took that handmade paper and – oh, where is Thistle? – if I took that antique book and – hmmmm, I think I could create a seashell column out of that sono tube – those leaves with handmade paper would make a fabulous journal cover – what did I do with that goat skull/ – I think I’m going to try covering that old bottle with some Spun Silk handmade paper . . .
So, there you have it – we have tried to organize it into some categories that will help – but best laid plans, etc., etc. Thanks for being here, and we welcome your input!
“Oysters by Candelight” #1 is a unique “sculpture” in an ongoing series of smaller Seabowls that allows candlelight (real or artificial) to glow and flicker through unexpected places. These pieces grow primarily around the discarded shells of the large Northwest Pacific oyster. These wonderfully unusual oyster clusters (from consumed oysters) often incorporate rocks or other shell bits, with each shell and/or cluster forming its own distinctive and entirely natural sculpture with its own “personality”....read more
“Oysters by Candelight” #2 is a unique “sculpture” in an ongoing series of smaller Seabowls that allows candlelight (real or artificial) to glow and flicker through unexpected places. These pieces grow primarily around the discarded shells of the large Northwest Pacific oyster. These wonderfully unusual oyster clusters (from consumed oysters) often incorporate rocks or other shell bits, with each shell and/or cluster forming its own distinctive and entirely natural sculpture with its own “personality”....read more
Barnacles are a common site on Pacific Northwest beaches, and I am endlessly fascinated with them. The different colonies and “clusters” that I find are almost always i the company of the blue or bay mussels that are so plentiful o the Oregon coast. Each cluster has its own “personality” and wants to be used in a particular configuration, with each piece evolving and “growing” as the shells, barnacles and various bits of coastal flotsam & jetsam take form in the piece. Natural seaweed meanders...read more
A giant seaworm tube formed the starting point for this Seabowl, and this piece is designed to accent the unique fossil it is built around. As the resident seaworm grows, so do these tube castings of chitin, and this tube casting is probably 150-200 years or more old. I start with the organic magerial, then the Seabowl “grows” around the shells or fossils. Seabowl measures 17″ x 8″ x 15″ and is an interesting vessel for holding other coastal “finds”. Mixed media – natural seaworm tube...read more
This piece was totally inspired by the incredible Nautilus seashell. The intricacies and mathematical symmetry of this organic form speak to me of the mystery and sacredness of all life. For me it is the irrefutable evidence of a Universal Intelligence. The “Beginnings” Seabowl is finished with a natural “crazy vine” handle. “Beginnings” measures 16″ x 4″ x 11″ – & is a mixed media melding of Nautilus, wire, plaster & handmade paper ...read more
Two weeks ago I taught a Creating Collage Elements workshop at the Visual Arts Center in Newport. The beach is absolutely Art’s & my favorite place to be, and Thistle couldn’t agree more. We spent an extra day gathering seaweed, shells, rocks, driftwood and other assorted flotsam & jetsam. Thistle LOVES the beach, and although she tries hard to be interested in what we are looking at, she thinks it’s a pretty sily way to spend time when you could be running, jumping and scaring seagulls....read more
Rescuing Thistle – We Meet (part 1) by Sandi Reinke on January 30, 2010 Our little Mexican street dog The first time we saw her Art and I, my sister Susie and her husband Bruce were sitting in the Ole’ Café, having an afternoon Corona (or two). Scruffy and filthy, the little dog had been skulking about under the tables, trying not to be noticed as she looked for stray bits of food. Susie and I had been trying to throw a few scraps her way, but she was very wary of getting too close to anyone. Street dogs are a given in most Mexican towns,...read more
Masks for the Moment, using basic mask forms covered in various handmade and specialty papers, then embellished with seashells, sealife, feathers, silk scarves and/or paper ivy leaves. Yea, you could put them on a stick for the Costume Ball at the Palace, but they actually make pretty cool wall decor too. I think I originally made these for one of the “how-to” HGTV shows. I had forgotten how much fun it was to create various “themed” personalities, think I will get more of the basic forms and create some more...read more
“Since it’s introduction, the fatal West Indies fevers are deprived of their terrors”. “My second daughter has been suffering a long time from GENERAL DEBILITY, LANGUOR, and LOSS OF APPETITE, but since taking your Pyretic Saline she has improved wonderfully” And other assorted miraculous benefits. Love that “shabby chic” almost industrial look? – then this will be right up your alley. This is a project that we did for one of The Carol Duvall Show segments on HGTV a couple of years...read more
I’ve been spending the last number of evenings working down in my basement studio playing with one of my most favorite weird fibers – Linen Bark! Our company, Loose Ends Unleashed has been the direct source/importer for this stuff for about 15 years. We were working with one of our paper makers overseas and I waw this big pile of “stuff” hanging out in one of the corners. Never one to be shy about checking out “stuff”, I asked Viroj (my papermaker) about it and he told me it was one of the fibers...read more