"Every Wall Is A Door"

January 19th, 2009 in member junk     
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Ive been looking for just the right found object pieces to assemble together and give one of my favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes justice...
I found this amazing old wooden toolbox with aged brass corners at the swap meet and had been saving it for the perfect project. I think I found it.
It kinda hurt me to do so, but I took the toolbox  apart and used the top to create the feeling of the wall.
After giving it a good Briwaxing, I used  an old door plate Georgia saved for me and paired it up with a simple metal knob. I really wanted the patina in the wood to get top billing as far as where your eye would be drawn into the art piece first.
The quote is housed in some sort of a brass nameplate that I think held a door bell. The glass came off of an old typewriter key - I couldnt believe how perfectly it fit!
Heres a detail shot of the wonderful patina and box edge.
Im really happy with how it turned out and have it hanging where I can see it everyday. It just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the junker :-)
 
Ive been looking for just the right found object pieces to assemble together and give one of my favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes justice...
I found this amazing old wooden toolbox with aged brass corners at the swap meet and had been saving it for the perfect project. I think I found it.

I've been looking for just the right found object pieces to assemble together and give one of my favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes justice...

I found this amazing old wooden toolbox with aged brass corners at the swap meet and had been saving it for the perfect project. I think I found it.


I've been looking for just the right found object pieces to assemble together and give one of my favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes justice...


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - JennyK Assemblage Art
posted in: member junk, wood, artwork, eclectic, industrial, whimsical, kitchen, bedroom, entry, bathroom

Comments (17)

gramdeb writes: It is so funny. My dad, years ago, built a garage out of old doors. He was a "junkie" and did not even know it. I wish I still had a picture of it. Unless you knew the garage you never knew where the door was to get inside. He collected them somewhere then got roofing and started in. This would have been in the 60's and 70's he had it.

deb Posted: 2:32 pm on January 31st
writes: Again, thank you so much for all your wonderful & honest feedback. It feels just great to hear!

Junkinhart - you asked what comes first - the quote or the items and it is actually a little bit of both. The found objects need to "speak" to me to be in one of my pieces. Often times I start with a theme or a metaphor and go from there...

All the best,

JennyK



Posted: 12:06 am on January 22nd
texasjunkermom writes: The quote is great, the individual items came together like you were inspired! I'd rather have something old with some history to it than something new any day. Now your 'something old' has a totally new meaning, not only for you, but for all who see it. Posted: 4:07 pm on January 21st
shabbychick writes: Jenny - Another very insightful and inspiring piece - and the aged parts were definitely MFEO (made for each other!).

Thanks for sharing your gift with us! :)

Kathy Posted: 9:52 am on January 21st
junkermidge writes: Love, love, love this. I'm with the others, I think this was just meant to be. Awesome job once again.

Midge Posted: 9:05 am on January 21st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Love this Jenny. The hardware is fantastic!

Candy Posted: 6:13 am on January 21st
purple412 writes: I totally agree, what an inspiring piece! I understand your hesitance to take the toolbox apart, I often feel this way also. But you can always use that piece to create something else truly unique! Posted: 10:12 pm on January 20th
MimiToria writes: Jenny - This is now my new favorite project you've ever posted. Now don't get me wrong, I like lots of them before, but this is just so my style and taste. Love it! Love the door knob, door plate, door bell frame, the wood, everything is fabulous.
Thanks for an incredible project inspiration. It was meant to be.
Gretchen Posted: 10:11 pm on January 20th
FunktionalJunk writes: I can only say "wow!" I absolutely love the quote and also the comments posted by Kari. This IS the perfect today to share these sentiments. Your piece is beautiful! Thank you for another great idea!

Leah Posted: 9:05 pm on January 20th
writes: WOW! Thank you so much for all your wonderful feedback. I so appreciate being able to share on this site with so many gifted people!

Jim - "The parts fit perfectly because it was meant to be"

And Kari - your words about today ring true for SO,SO,SO many people.

You all made MY day :-)

JennyK



Posted: 7:59 pm on January 20th
CottageElements writes: Jen, love the patina on the wood. I also love the piece that holds the quote. It looks like it was made for it. Another wonderful project. Thanks for sharing!

Lani Posted: 5:51 pm on January 20th
georgiamoon writes: Oh JK this is so gorgeous. I really love the way it turned out. So so so cool. And Kari you are so right about everything you wrote and you said it such a beautiful way...Ralph would be proud...of you both. Georgia Posted: 1:40 pm on January 20th
roadtriplouise writes: This is a beauty!! Simple but impressive!!
Ann
Posted: 11:04 am on January 20th
JudyJunkster writes: Such fine words by Meadowview -- your quote is so appropo! Posted: 9:08 am on January 20th
Meadowview_Farm writes: Jenny:
Thank you for starting this day with these words.

I know that when we enter this site - we all leave our politics, our religion, our strife at the door.

However, today - January 20th, 2009 is a day of such magnitude - such significance.

We have seen obstacles overcome. We have seen bridges rebuilt. We have seen doors created in the thickest of walls. We have seen glass ceilings broken. And today, when the sun is at the highest point, on steps build by slaves --we shall see the key placed in that final lock.

Kari Posted: 8:51 am on January 20th
JunkArchitect writes: Jenny K, this is one of the most inspiring assemblages I have ever seen. The patina on the wood and the door bell cover is beautiful.

The parts fit perfectly because it was meant to be.

Jim
Posted: 8:41 am on January 20th
junkinhart writes: Jenny, as always, this is an amazing art piece! It sounds like this one you had the quote and was looking for the unique assemblage. Do you normally do it this way? Have the quote and then find the creation, or do you create the assemblage and then look for the perfect quote? Posted: 7:05 am on January 20th
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