Around My Home
I explore the concept of 'repurposing' certain materials by converting discarded wood, glass, and anything else that fits on finished pieces to decorate my garden fence walls. What a good time it's been making these for my garden - each captures my attention while having morning coffee in the garden.
I first saw similar creations on a wooden fence in Louisiana. Back then I was stationed there in the Army and enroute to the French quarter. We passed many neighborhoods and homes but one house caught my eye. Actually the fence surrounding this particular house could hardly go unnoticed. The second time we drove past it I had to stop and have a closer look. They looked even better up close and each captured my deepest attention for a while. I wondered how many before me just had to stop and spend a little time with each. I knew I'd make some of my own someday.
The fence surrounding our gardens were bare too long. For weeks I planned out the addition of various colors. The wooden fence had aged gracefully and the weathered sections suddenly reminded me of that old house back in Louisiana. Those ornate and rustic wooden masterpieces. These were upright flat pieces of driftwood decorated with sparkling beads, bottle caps, broken glass, and any other composted repurposed items native to the area.
Individually and collectively they were a symphony of color and emotion as I experienced it. I had to make my own.