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November OCH Art Market – Recycled Art!

Well we had another great day at the OCH Art Market this month.

First, I want to give a huge shout out to our very first volunteer, Heather. She is a current Tulane Law student who took time out of her busy schedule (trust me, I know) to man the booth at the market. She did an amazing job and I could not be more grateful.

The theme this month was recycled art, and Project Create provided another group art project. In traditional NOLA style, we made a recycled hanging Fleur de Lis:

Project Create Group Art Project: Recycled Fleur De Lis at the OCH Art Market 11/10/12

I found the window sash on the side of the road (please be careful when picking up items off the road…they can have glass still attached that is VERY dangerous). The fleur de lis is made out of an old cardboard moving box from when I moved to New Orleans. I cut the symbol into 29 puzzle pieces, and let customers at the market pick a piece to paint however they wanted. The symbol is attached to the sash with some old fishing string I had lying around. Here is a before picture so you can get a better idea of the pieces:

What do you think of the piece? After the holiday, we will be installing it at the OCH Art Market space permanently, so make sure to check it out at the December market.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our First Painting Class on December 8!!!

Cheap And Quick Art…Just The Way We Like It!

Project Create is starting a new section on our blog focused on giving you great ideas for some quick and cheap ways to add a little creativity into your daily life. While we are trying to build our repertoire of projects you can do in our studio, there is no reason why you can’t try these at home!

So here is our first project: Wire Sculptures!!!

The materials list for this is simple: wire ($3.99 of copper wire for 15 yards), wire cutters (already owned), pliers (already owned), and something to mount your sculpture on (we used a scrap piece of wood – free).

Now this is a difficult project to give instructions on step by step, but here is the gist:

  1. Decide on what you want to sculpt (we chose an alligator)
  2. Map out a simple design of the idea, one that you could trace with a pencil and never have to pick up pencil from the paper.
  3. Cut out a long piece of wire big enough to sculpt your concept with one piece with a little leftover (if it is too small, you can always attach more, and if it is too long you can just cut it!)
  4. Begin shaping the wire into your concept, using your fingers, pliers, or anything else you might think is handy. For example, in our alligator, I simply wrapped the wire around a pen to achieve uniformity around the eyes…The idea here is mold the wire into the simple shape you drew out first. You will be surprised with how easy this is!
  5. Mount your sculpture. I drilled a hole through some scrap wood and put the excess wire through the hole and twisted it around two nails I hammered into the back (see below).

This entire project took only about 30 minutes to finish, and now I have a great decorative piece for a guest room or bathroom area (alligators can pretty much go anywhere in New Orleans!). So do you think you are up to the challenge? We would love to see your wire creations, so make sure to post them in our comments section!

As always, don’t forget to spread the word about Project Create and help us raise enough money to open our studio where these materials and projects can be made permanently available!

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