Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is in the air...and possibly some snowflakes as well...

This Sewing Box uses an old Cigar Box
as the base and a pewter Duck
pin-cushion relaxes in the rippling waters.

The Farmer Rabbit was made by a dear friend of mine, 
Melissa D. Terreck, and I treasure him.
These are truly the first sign of Spring here as we
still have snow on the ground and have
been told we may just get some snowflakes falling
at some point today.

It is official, we have broken the all time
record for the snowiest winter EVER
with over 108" of snow!


Early American Folk Arts & Trades Group

If you happen to have an appreciation for OR
are educated in OR are an artist who creates art based in
the history and love of the Early American
Folk Arts & Trades I would highly recommend that
you join this Facebook Group.

Suzanne Kizis founded this group and her goal is
to create a dynamic arena for educators,
curators, artist and enthusiasts to dialogue with
one another. It is the goal of the group to
also help define and focus what "Folk Art &Trades"
really means and to continue both creating
and educating ourselves and all those 
who have this passion.

Please join and help grow and nurture this fairly
new but dynamic group. If you have
a website or blog there is a new logo you can use
to help promote this group.

Contact Suzanne to learn more.


A Work In Progress...

My Tramp Art version of a Moravian Star...
the box splits open in the middle and 
will hold so antique German Christmas treasures!

I have just about half of the pieces 
chip-carved (164 out of 336) so it looks like I will
be busy for the next couple of days.
Then I will start to assemble everything and
get ready to do the finishing.....

will keep you posted as things develop!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maggie's BIG Adventure...

Well it seems when we last chatted
Maggie's Hot-Air Balloon
couldn't even get off the ground.

I am glad to report that the Maggie Jack-In-The-Box
is ready to go and the Maggie Hot-Air Balloon
has taken a few test flights and is almost ready to head home.

However, she seems to have taken on a stowaway.
Schneider, the mouse, seems to have gathered
up enough cheese and crackers for the journey while
cleverly avoiding the mouse trap on the bottom
of the basket he is riding in!

Looks like Schneider left a few morsels behind
to lighten the load. I just need to take their
official Passport Portfolio Photos and they will be
ready for LIFT OFF!


Here is a sneak peek at twin Tramp Art pieces 
I am working on at the moment.
They are an interpretation of the Moravian Star.
These "boxes" can either rest on a tabletop
or be hung for display. They will open in the middle
and each half will have twelve "points".
One of them will be filled with long golden hued
flax. An antique German metal basket
will rest in the flax and will hold an antique
German baby Jesus creche figure.
Two antique German Stick-leg Sheep will
watch over the baby Jesus....this piece is going to a 
special friend and fellow artist.....the other
will be posted on my website when it is finished.


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Sunday, March 1, 2015's Maggie

Maggie seems to be purr-fectly content
with the Jack-In-The-Box and the Hot Air Balloon
being made in her likeness.

This Jack-In-The-Box is painted in the traditional German Red
and Yellow. The letters M-A-G-G-I-E are chip carved
and applied to the box. Linen is used to create the hinge and a
vintage spring is attached to the base.

Maggie lives in Arizona and can't wait
to get out of the snow here in New England. She should be 
on her way home soon. But not soon enough as we are
expected to get another 3 to 6 inches of snow later today!

The Jack-In-The-Box is almost complete and I will be
making the base for the the Hot Air Balloon basket today. 
Then I can start weaving the basket!

The little mouse you see will be the passenger in the 
Hot Air Balloon basket. He will be relaxing in a nest of flax 
on top of a mouse trap and snacking on some cheese.

In the meantime, our Biagio just wants his house back!
I am sure he will be happy to help me
when I need to pack-up Maggie for her flight home.