What This Artist Makes With Plastic Will Blow Your Mind
As filmmaker Kirby Ferguson said in his now-famous TED Talk, “Everything is a remix.” All artists borrow, steal and transform in order to create because creativity is really about mixing old elements in new combinations. And if you’re looking for some of that inspiration, then look no further than Plastic Classics, a super-cool collection by English artist Jane Perkins.
Plastic Classics is Perkins’ most current body of work. She’s been working on it since 2010, and the collection is all about using recycled (and upcycled!) materials to give classic art a contemporary twist.
Perkins has made several versions of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Mona Lisa. She feels the way Van Gogh thickly applied paint to canvas lends itself to interpretation using found materials. Like, who knew that Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile looked exactly like a headless, naked Barbie doll? Jane knew, that’s who.
The artist refers to herself as a ‘”re-maker” who takes inspiration from found objects and works them into something new.
Head over to her website, and you’ll find a quote from sculptor David Mach that reads, “Every artist needs to find the right material through which he can express himself.” In this case, that material includes toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewelry and springs.
Perkins finds her materials at charity shops, boot sales and recycling centers. Neighbors and friends have even donated junk for her to turn into masterpieces.
And here’s some inspiring personal info about Perkins. Her background is just as interesting as her art. She worked as a nurse for 17 years and a full-time mom for 10 years before deciding to pursue art full-time. She graduated from art school in 2006 and wrote her degree thesis on Art and Design from Recycled Materials, which all just goes to show that it’s never too late to pursue your passions and explore your creative potential.
What are you doing to explore your creative potential? Let us know in the comments.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)