Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Vintage, chalkware Kewpie doll bank, 1927 salesman sample hat from Frank H. Lee Company, antique folk art spool box, inked letters using vintage printer’s kit

13” x 8” x 19”

Queen of Found Objects

Queen of Found Objects

Antique wooden sculpture, vintage checkerboard, folk art hand-carved cabinet, found objects, and personal family treasures. This piece is a sort of scrapbook of the memories of my life. For example, my grandma’s necklace with charms for each grandchild is hanging from the skirt, as is the nameplate from my college dorm room, and a comb from my uncle’s barbershop. I keep adding meaningful objects as I find them so I don’t think this piece will ever be finished.

17’ x 17” x 65”

Thinking Inside the Box

Thinking Inside the Box

Chalkware head from the 1930s, doll wardrobe from the 1950s, Dayton brass letters from 1910, vintage rhinestones, and gold leaf.

6” x 4” x 10”

"Graham"my Award

"Graham"my Award

Recording Academy membership card (given to me by family friend, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash), Graham Nash’s personalized guitar picks, an antique Nipper the Dog RCA bank, a vintage folk art box, with letters applied in ink from an antique printing kit

5.5“ x 4“ x 9“

Guardian Angel Fan

Guardian Angel Fan

Vintage copper heating shell from the 1940s, turn of the century German Minerva tin doll head, vintage rhinestone jewelry, wooden folk art wings, and brass Dayton letters from 1910

10“ x 6“ x 13“

Flash Drive

Flash Drive

Comic book hero, Flash Gordon’s 1930s toy wagon, wooden rabbit, vintage tin toy driver, metal steampunk egg, old jewelry chains and an antique heart shaped clock weight

15” x 3” x 7”

Hula Girl

Hula Girl

Vintage hula girl lamp from the home of Susan and Graham Nash (It had been knocked over and was broken.) and 1940s/1950s sterling silver charms and charm bracelet chains with a Hawaiian theme.

She's a Good Egg

She's a Good Egg

Antique egg crate/cardboard liner, vintage Minnie Mouse egg cup from the 1930s, and an antique glass egg that was once placed in the nesting box by chicken farmers to induce the hens to lay eggs.

 6.5” x 3” x 8.5”

Our House

Our House

1950s tin doll house parts applied with brass brads to an old garage cabinet, Dayton brass letters from 1910, antique zinc letters, paint stir stick and tassels

When we cleaned out my parents’ house, I found my childhood dollhouse in the basement. The floor was completely rusty but I wanted to preserve it. I used three additional dollhouses in the piece. Each panel illustrates a lyric from the song, “Our House”, that relates to the dollhouse parts. For example, “I’ll light the fire…” has fireplaces from the dollhouses. The composer of the song, Graham Nash is a family friend. He gave me the zinc letters, and the stir stick was used when they were painting their house. I found it on Christmas Eve when we were visiting and the tassel was from their Christmas gift to us. So that little side art piece is called “Not a Creature Was Stirring.”

36”x 24” x 29"

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Banana Joe Cabinet

Banana Joe Cabinet

Hand painted signs and birdhouse from Banana Joe’s fruit stand in Kauai, 1940s folk art mermaid and Hawaiian girl plaque, vintage copper banana handles and hardware on a handmade redwood cabinet with words impressed from a set of antique letter punches.

38“ x 22 “ x 96“

When we visit Kauai, we often stop at Banana Joe’s, a great local fruit stand, to get strawberry papaya, apple bananas, and other yummy tropical fruits. One day I noticed one of Joe’s handmade signs laying on the ground broken in half. I asked him if I could buy it for an art project. He said he had some around the back that he would sell me. So I bought these signs for $5 each, as well as, the birdhouse that was starting to come apart. My nephew, Jay Ratcliff, and I built the cupboard. I was amazed to find banana door pulls at a designer’s yard sale in West Hollywood. The 1940s cabinet hardware is from Liz’s Antique Hardware, and I made the words with a set of  antique metal punch letters.

Banana Joe Cabinet detail

Banana Joe Cabinet detail

A Dog Named Blue

A Dog Named Blue

Grouted vintage china applied to a cement lawn dog. Much of the blue and white china is from a pattern called Liberty Blue. It was given away in grocery stores as a premium during the bicentennial year, l976. The scenes depict famous events in American history like Betsy Ross making the flag, Washington crossing the Delaware, and Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. The dog’s nose is the top knob of the sugar bowl from the set. The eagle on the base is a vintage handmade tile. The stars and stripes around the base were from dinner plates that I found at a yard sale. White figurines include a colonial gentleman and two angel dogs.  The name of the piece is inspired by the Lobo song “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” and the country songs about bluetick coonhound dogs popular in the southern US. A popular name for this breed of dog is ”Blue”.

20” x 11” x 29”

Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

A collection of twenty-nine vintage cement lawn turtles with shells of grouted beach glass retrieved from Glass Beach in Kauai. Glass Beach is the site of a very old community dump that was active from the late 1800s to the 1960s when it was shut down.  Because it was the site of a dump, unusual beach glass treasures can be found there including ceramic sockets, antique Clorox bottles, pieces of old glass fishing floats, porcelain doll parts, resistors, spark plugs, antique pottery, china, and glass.

The turtles range in size from 33” x 22” x 16”  (largest) to 5” x 3.5” x 2” (smallest).

Pray for Peaceful Coexistence Shrine

Pray for Peaceful Coexistence Shrine

Gilded and vintage wooden Catholic shrine, statues, charms, and symbols from all the major religions of the world, and Dayton brass letters from 1910.

21” x 4.5” x 21”

An Apple for the Teacher From the Wizard of Woz

An Apple for the Teacher From the Wizard of Woz

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak’s autographed titanium business card, vintage tin, Dayton brass letters from 1910, and an iBook G4 computer case

When I was a teacher, Steve Wozniak visited my school to give a talk to the older kids. After it was over, he knocked on my classroom door to ask if he could come in and teach some math tricks. (He asked for the 9 and 10 year olds as he considers it the most important age to inspire. Steve was once a math teacher.) After he was finished, he gave all of the kids and me one of his titanium business cards.

13” x 1” x 10.5”

Rabbitical

Rabbitical

Prototype of Calvin Rabbit from doll maker Robert Raikes, vintage, inlaid hankerchief box, flyleaf from an antique book, and inked words made from an antique printer’s set

6” x 3” x 9”

Art Angel

Art Angel

Wooden clock case, articulated wooden art doll by dollmaker Robert Raikes, rhinestone jewelry, beaded Ramo ribbon (my nickname), Dayton Company brass letters from 1910, art related charms and doodads

11” x 6” x 23”

Road House

Road House

Hotel key cards, 1950s plastic letters for personalizing handbags, backstage laminate/passes from Crosby, Stills, and Nash concerts, hotel room keys, Graham Nash’s personal guitar picks, address label, and Graham Nash signature.

Graham gave me the hotel keys/backstage passes from a road tour and challenged me to make something out of them. The first thing that came to mind was a “House of Cards” and then because the group was on the road, I thought of “Road House”.

4” x 2” x 9”

Road House - back side

Road House - back side

Recycle Tin Cans America

Recycle Tin Cans America

Recycle Tin Cans, America

Recycle Tin Cans, America

World Looking Thru Rose Colored Glasses

World Looking Thru Rose Colored Glasses

Write on America - pencil chest

Write on America - pencil chest