11.09.2012

Letting go


I once had a friend comment that I must have been born in the 1930's...I'm never throwing anything away...and can always find a use for a stray piece of string or a lone button...as if I lived through the Depression...

I have an similar attachment to clothing...never throwing anything away, wearing shirts and jeans until they are threadbare...especially pieces that are worn from wear but so soft and comfortable...so familiar...

Unconsciously I must see myself as a bohemian artist, with these tattered threads as the appropriate attire...





I love my blue woven shirt but even I confess that its past its prime...I'm holding on to it in the likelihood that I'm struck with inspiration to turn it into...into...
still waiting for that inspiration!















Recently I dug up an old t-shirt that I bought on my 1993 trip to Italy with my sister...outside of the Vatican, from a street vendor.  After the first washing, it shrank two sizes smaller, but I loved the graphic...

finding it again, I was inspired...

I decided that I would display the front of the t-shirt on a canvas frame...an 11" x 14" frame was the perfect size to capture the graphic in its entirety...stretched it evenly over the canvas, stapled the edges to the back and it was done...but it was lacking something...



A simple wooden frame was the answer...but the stain color was too light...easy to rectify...


I used Polyshades by Minwax...black satin...it has the stain color and polyurethane in one.  For simple projects like this, where there won't be a lot of wear and tear (as opposed to a table or chair - in that instance I would use a stain, followed by several coats of poly for protection), this is a great solution...makes for ease of application...I even used the portion of the t-shirt that I cut off for the rags to apply the stain.  And though I'm usually one to plunge right into a project, even I use disposable gloves at times...for anything that needs mineral spirits or paint thinner for clean-up, I use gloves to save my hands the torment of harsh chemicals.



One coat didn't seem sufficient, so I applied a second coat a day later...

And easily popped in the canvas when the frame was thoroughly dry...


















An old world master in a contemporary setting...







































A piece of art...and a great memory...all in one...








































linking up to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special...trash to treasure projects...I think this fits right in...




9 comments:

  1. Yep. I would have thrown it away...but you...you turn it into something wonderful!!! Once again....I am impressed!

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  2. Now that is a beautiful idea, Amy! I have a couple of old ratty cashmere sweaters I just can't part with...not sure they'd look the same with this treatment lol!

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  3. I think its safe to say that most of us hold on to some things that are way past their time, shrunk or just forgotten somewhere up on the top shelf... And I have a
    t-shirt that my son had when he was 7 and it has cool graphics on it, but now being 20 and a bit taller it would be a bit too tight to put on... So I was wondering what to do about it and I was thinking about putting on top of a pinboard... But I really like your idea, its a great idea!!! Great post!!!

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  4. Impressive, inspired...Thank you Amy!

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  5. great story behind the art piece! love it.

    ps: i'm just like you, i can't seem to throw anything away, and, no i was not born in the 30's either, but i sure act like it . . . string, bottle caps, scraps of wood, paper and cloth . . . it gets overwhelming sometimes . . . .

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  6. Amy,

    LOVE it! I am in the midst of a huge purging session (a storage building with about 15 years worth of accumulation) and I find myself dragging something out and then wanting to put it back in because I think of a project use for it, LOL!

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  7. Amy I was doing a closet purge & decided to do something similar with 2 art t-shirts that I have. Thanks for the heads up on the Minwax in Satin Black, I was going to use paint but I like the subtlety of stain better!

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  8. Excellent idea! Framing things gives them prominence and importance. I framed a favorite outfit from each of my kids childhood. I love looking at the little clothes. I've never thought of stretching clothing over the canvas frame but it's the perfect solution for favorite old band t-shirts. Thanks!

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  9. LOVE your solution to hanging on to an old favorite T-shirt! I have 2 in mind already...

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