July 30, 2013

It's a Done Deal

I thought I'd be stuck working on these for the rest of my creative days.  Alas, the light at the end of the tunnel began to burn bright this past week.  I got excited about them again, as I did in the many spurts and stops along the path.  Here, I present Happy Boxes, a place to store some "happy" when you're feeling blue.  Open the top, dig some out and spread it all over your life.

If they look familiar, it's because this was a continued exploration of collage such as I did with Happy Houses last Spring.

The largest is 8"h x 6"w x6"d.

Each box is laced closed on one side with Irish waxed linen or cotton string.

Layers of colored tissue, acrylic paint and handmade paper fibers embellish the sides.  In many cases, secret writing occupies space on the walls, both inside and out.  Much of it is stream of consciousness blather, and almost always in a positive vein. 

A few are without tops.

This is among the tiniest boxes at approximately 4" x 4" x4".   I adore this particular one.

This is another favorite.  Who'da thunk blue and red would go so well together?

I love colored tissue.

Happy Boxes were constructed from children's board books found at library bookstores.  The Big Bad Wolf peers out from among red torn tissue strips.

The tops (and bottoms) are lined with felt, and a fitted core to keep the top in place.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love them! Love you!
Elmer