Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sculpture and Upholstery

The worst aspect of artistic blues is the tendency towards "TERMINAL UNIQUENESS".
The focus narrows down to one's own troubles exclusively.

Reupholstering a chair can wake you up. 
This chair as been in R's family for three generations...

Removing layers of fabric, you see how folks made do with not quite enough material and their solutions to that problem.
You see how used (dirty) the material became before it was reupholstered.
You can see how faded the material is by looking at the reverse side. Same for the bottom layer of material.
They were taking care of other things.
They didn't throw it away. With not much money, they made things last.

There was no horse hair padding in this chair, just cotton and straw. Old straw.

Somewhere in the craft of reupholstering an old chair,
there comes an understanding of how others have lived
and struggled..........................................That awareness is a good path out of terminal uniqueness.


Cindy Michaud said...

We are finding history in so many interesting ways...what a lovely tribute to past family members and what a great looking re-do!

Patrick Gracewood said...

Thanks, Cindy.
It was just what I needed to do.
We also are making history through our art and the care we bring to our lives.