December 18, 2010
Altered Cloche Tree... From A Winters Garden
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Mise-en-scène (French pronunciation: [mizɑ̃sɛn] "placing on stage") is an expression used to describe the design which essentially means in visually artful ways.
I took a left over tomato cage from a well seasoned garden then turned it upside down and wired the ends together in a whimsical fashion. By adding to the trees form with treasures I have hesitated to throw out it became an artful French and Swedish style cloche like Christmas tree. A peaceful tree plastered and painted with white and pale gray, anything can become inspiration and I left no boundaries between wire and junk allowing this piece to become an objet d'art. By wiring aviary wire to the form and painting it with a mixture of plaster paint I started to add a little of this and that. I was inspired with pieces that no longer had a good purpose for its use, all adding to its vintage artful French flea market cloche style.
This cloche like tree brought to life with broken necklaces painted and plaster with aged added just the right kind of garland to it. Paper birds and wire letter ornaments add to the theme of an European tree as you would imagine it to be, a perfectly peaceful resting place for nature. The crowning glory is the sweet miniture hand made wire crown that my daughter Hannah made for it adding peace, joy and love to our Joyeux Noel.
ARTFUL HOLIDAY from simple beginnings.
Inspiring a, who could imagine a "Tomato Cage" and "Junk Jewels" becoming an artful tree with the glow of soft candel lights casting a silhouette shadow so sweetly.