Remember CopperArt ? I think I saw more ads for CopperArt as a kid than I did actual
CopperArt is now HomeArt, but i'm still pretty sure most of the items you can buy there
are on sale in this fabulous Pete Smith commercial from 1988:
My aunt was an award-winning local copper artist.
She did relief sculptures and they hung around her home festooned with the
show ribbons to show off her many successes. Her house was pretty interesting -
along with the copper art, there was a giant fork and spoon wall hanging and they had a bar!
I used to play in the bar a lot as there wasn't much to do for little kids at their house.
I was fascinated with the copper(!) necklaces around the bottlenecks declaring
"MARTINI" or "VERMOUTH" and they had matchbooks from many different places
and fancy cocktail napkins and swizzle sticks.
Oh, and her bed had a radio built in the bedhead, and she had these fibre-optic flower
lamps that bloomed with changing colour. I'm sure it was all very tacky, but I was fascinated.
We didn't have any of that stuff at my house.
There is something very magical about falling to sleep watching a musical fibre optic rose
blossom and fade, blossom and fade.
Anyway, when we moved back into this house, some of the art we had up previously
no longer worked with the new walls, and I cant put up my giant LOVE metal letters as
I inherited my Grandmother's piano, but we are getting there.
I've got some great ideas for a few empty spaces.. just got to get my craft on.
It wont be copper art.
Here's some art i've got up so far:
^ You've seen my hallway art .. still quite proud of that effort :)
^ Outside my son's room.
I made this too. There's a similar one you can buy on the market, but to be honest,
whenever I went to click "BUY" the dimensions of the arrow bugged me .. not quite right.
I spent a long day in Photoshop creating this and comparing to the proper iconic
Melbourne hook turn signs I could find in Google Images to get the dimensions just so,
and to find the perfect font.
You can see my big unhung L O V E metal letters on top of Grandma's piano here too.
Further down the hallway just before you turn into the open-plan kitchen/living area
is my wall of SuperCats.
I was lucky enough to receive these 4 SuperCats for Christmas last year .. and I knew
where I wanted to put them, but they were just too small for the wall space.
Oh! but then I remembered my Chat Noir framed print and I think good & evil offset
themselves nicely here.
^ I won this piece of art with my Carpet Court prize. I love the colours in it.
It's by Gazza & Wazza of The Block fame.
I'm not sure if they actually made the art though, I think maybe just curated?
^ and this superb canvas is an original artwork by my multi-talented friend Clair.
When I enter my home via the front door, this is the first thing you see at the end
of the hallway and it's just perfect. You can find Clair here, among other places:
( http://www.saatchiart.com/clairbremner )
^Finally, I picked this up on our Geelong Weekend, just before we were about to board the ferry.
It is perfectly sunny in my laundry/pantry.
^ Next up I am concentrating on that space above my green egg chair.
I have some ideas I need to workshop some more that are perfectly formed in my mind,
so we'll see how they pan out in real life!
Then I need to hit the bedrooms.
I don't mind little steps though .. it takes time to make a home come together.