Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sculpture and Furniture - Before and Afters

Tearing the old and ugly off the chair is the hard work.
The fun is choosing new material to match the era or aesthetic of the chair.
This walnut frame seemed to call out for a jazzy material.
Featured earlier, these left on the road for dead Thonet bent wood chairs found new life with material that playfully evokes a peacock feather, a motif of the art nouveau period.
Before on the left, After on the right. The difference is new material and some love.

FORLFD =Found on road, left for dead.

This chair was comfortable but ugly in dated avocado green vinyl. Mr. D picked this material for it and surprised me. The child-like circus theme of striped tents, monkeys, elephants and crocodiles really gives this chair the center of the spotlight.

If you can stretch a canvas, you can upholster a chair. 


Sherrie Y said...

I have a sudden urge to run out looking for abandoned chairs, just so I can go fabric shopping. Oh, dear. Now what have you done?

Cindy Michaud said...

I'm impressed! Great choices of fabric and obvious that a generous amount of TLC was applied. Not sure I agree with the ease of upholstery tho....but you are priming a few pumps...

Patrick Gracewood said...

Sherrie, Don't go looking, let them find you! There might be a tired chair at home calling for something from your fabric stash!
I think you could pick one or two from your underfoot series and have them made into print for material. They'd be beautiful as upholstery material.

Patrick Gracewood said...

Of course every craft has hidden skills and labor but compared to making a new work of art from scratch - it's just following the steps required. It's a nice break from working with all the unknowns involved with making art.

Theresa Cheek said...

I am lovin' the jazz one! It really goes with the lines of the frame.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Mike Turner said...

Love your trash to treasured chairs! What great fabric and professional upholstery work that I don't think is so easy but I agree, sometimes doing home projects feels like a vacation from the studio.