Sunday, December 26, 2010


Uri Eiliaz. Read post here.

"Maybe we’re here only to say: house,
bridge, well, gate, jug, olive tree, window —
at most, pillar, tower … but to say them, remember,
oh, to say them in a way that the things themselves
never dreamed of existing so intensely."

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Assemblage by Elspeth Slayter. See blog here.

Many of us in this blog circle see the beauty in discarded objects. I am intrigued to see broken household objects re-fashioned into something that holds my attention..... something that I often find beautiful.

The Devil you Know by Katie Dell Kaufman. Website here.
Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder ........ and One person's junk is another person's treasure!

Bezabih Ayele. Photo from this link.

Leonardo Drew's work is constructed with trash which most people walk past on the street and yet it is so exciting .... even beautiful. Well, it makes MY heart race anyway!

Leonardo Drew. This photo was taken by Los Dragonnes on Flickr. See photostream here.

Assemblage by Harvee Riggs. Karin introduced me to Harvee's work. See Website here.

Assemblage by Harvee Riggs. See website here.

Assemblage by Harvee Riggs. See website here.

Assemblage by Janet Jones. See website here.

Federico Hurtado. See Flickr photostream here.

Antique and Vintage Fishing Lures. Lost Found Art. Website here.

"Look for the lovely thing
and you will find it,
It is not far --
It never will be far".
- Sara Teasdale

Rosalie Gascoigne. See website here.

Tiny Monsters, incorporating vintage furniture casters, by Elizabeth Frank. See website here.

Everything of the best to all my blogging friends and followers and wishing you peace and joy in 2011.


  1. I think it is amazing stuff! It reminds me a little bit of Picasso's sculptures:

  2. Oh gosh, these are extraordinarily beautiful and intriguing.Vintage fishing lures, good heavens!

  3. Great assemblage of assemblage art! :)

  4. All beautiful! You are such an inspiration :o)

  5. Love all those figures of Uri's (top) first time I've seen 'faces' in things that aren't scary!

    Hope you had a lovely day, yesterday, Merry Christmas!

  6. Robyn! you have made my Sunday morning!
    I too, am intrigued to see plain, or broken, or thrown away objects with no real connection to each other, arranged in such a way so as to become things of beauty.
    You always do an amazing job of bringing like artists together to one place, so we can see the diversity and range and scope of any one medium. Thank you again.

  7. In my mind's eye, I wander the garages, attics and workshops of my grandparents and their contemporaries. All of this was there; sometimes neatly organized, sometimes in a jumble. I didn't see it as beauty then, just the stuff of everyday life being saved in the event it would be needed.
    Thank you Robyn, what a great post.

  8. A great selection here. Each and every piece speaks to me!

  9. great work, especially the tiny monsters, which i love to distraction.
    a great post, robyn. and happy new new.

  10. robyn, I'm with seth! what wonderful goodies! the "doll in box" photo really made me laugh. thanks for such a wonderful display on a snowy sunday!

  11. Thank you so very much for this inspiring collection. This post is a wonderful gift!

  12. these are really wonderful. the first harvee riggs reminds me of something i would see in New England, in many houses.

    thank you also for the beautiful way you are teaching me to "see" on your tumblr too. Christmas blessings and Thanda.

  13. Best wishes to you and yours too Robin...
    Great post, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some people see more beauty than others.

    Jacky xox

  14. Love this post Robyn....assemblages of discarded items can be so beautiful and for me are always the most creative. Wishing you Joy, Peace and Blessings in the New Year.

  15. Very interesting log with a lot of fine assemblagists.
    One great artist I have known the time I lived in Antwerp was Vic Gentils, as I can see now, he had many followers.
    PS : I wish you and your loved ones a (late)
    Merry X' Mas, Robyn.

  16. And the very same back to you, Robyn ~ I look forward to another year of enjoying your wonderful blog!

  17. Beautiful! Everything is inspiring, but Rosalie is one of my absolute favorite artists--very difficult to find anything about her work in the US though. There's an out of print book on her, maybe you have it? I'm liking all your Gascoigne tumblr posts too, Robyn:-)

  18. I love the collection of artists...I can always count on you to bring art to light that I haven't seen...the focus on texture and the way the objects play off of each other is inspiring.

  19. Just finding the "stuff" would be a challenge to me. I always wonder where people find such interesting items. Then when they are all put together...well it is marvelous.

  20. A wonderful post Robyn..I would gather up those found objects in Leonardo Drew's pieces in a heartbeat! Happy New Year!

  21. Fascinating to see how others recyle! Seasons Greetings and thanks for all the inspirational posts this year!

  22. Frangipan, Picasso was the first artist I really took notice of when I was just a little girl. I enjoyed your post, thank you.

    Priya, the vintage everythings at Lost Found Art make me drool!

    Thanks Emma.

    Carolyn, thank you and ditto :-)

    Emma from Skye, I would love to walk through Uri's studio!

    Rebeca, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.... of course you would!

    Leslie, if only we had known back then how we would feel about old bits and pieces. I kick myself regularly for not salvaging all sorts of wonderful things.

  23. Seth, these pieces speak loud and clear don't they!?

    Velma, the little monsters offer light relief don't they?

    Thanks Patricia.

    Lyle, the dolls in the box are very appealing .... even with no arms.

    Thanks Mansuetude. Christmas blessings to you. See you on Tumblr! Thanda.

    Jacky, yes some people think my lift doesn't go to the top floor when i go scatty over old broken bits and pieces ;-)

    Cynthia, glad you enjoyed the post. I'menjoying your Tumblr.

    Wim, thanks for mentioning Vic Gentils. I've just googled his work.

    Sweetpea, thank you!

    Collagewhirl, I don't have a book about Rosalie yet but I would love to find one. There's a wonderful long interview with her on the internet which I found so interesting. I relate to so much of what she said. See you on Tumble. I might never get off..... Its so addictive!

    Thanks Lrc, glad you enjoyed the post.

    Lisa at Greenbow, there was a time when it was easy to find such things but now everyone pounces on old bits and pieces.

    Lisa J, how's Dexter? My daughter's new pup (a few months old) is also Dexter..... inspired by your Bully. Her Dexter is a Jack Russell.

    Caroline, likewise :-)

  24. What a wonderful collection of inspiring, and inspired, work! I'm honored that you chose to include me in such good company!


  25. Thank you for this wonderful post, I had a small furniture manufacturing business at one time and when I think of all the similar bits and pieces that were thrown away I want to cry.

  26. Oh I am totally in love with this post Robyn. Congrats to you for finding such delights as Leonardo Drew's assemblage of "trash" which has a wonderful beauty of its own and Elspeth Slayter's fascinating wooden series of objects. There is a definite link to your lovely work too, and I can see why you would love them all.

    BTW hope you had a wonderful Christmas. A bit late I know..!

  27. I always find your posts utterly fascinating Robyn = and this one is no exception - wonderful stuff.

  28. Each one called to me. Thankyou for putting this together R.

    All the best to you and yours.

  29. ooooolala
    oooooooooooooolala again...
    I LOVE your artist eye and am always so happy happy happy when I come over to visit and see what you've gathered together to're amazingly gifted in so many fabulous ways...

    Happy Newest Year Robyn!

  30. Robyn, another treat! Love the Rilke quote and your word "refashioned" which is more intriguing to me than "repurposed" which I heard lately. These are some fabulous assemblages and collected and presented so well. Best to you in 2011, May riches and inspiration abound.

  31. Thanks Janet, I am honored to have your work on my blog. My own gallery!

    Ian, Oh I can imagine all the bits and pieces you must have thrown out!

    Cathy, the best part of doing a post like this is that I know so many people appreciate it. We all love the same things.

    Weaver, glad you enjoyed browsing.

    HHnB, it was fun to put together!

    Donna Drozda, and again .... oohlala!

    Thanks Maggie, actually I'm not sure why I chose the word re-fashioned. This love of vintager bits and pieces is a fashion. I wonder how long it will last.

  32. I am a minimilist by nature, but just love "junk" for and in art. This is beautiful stuff. Di

  33. R - as many others have said you offer us all such a great service by searching out and introducing us to such creative people. And of course there goes more time wandering the halls of the internet. Thanks. Go well. B

  34. Great feature Robyn. Wish you a wonderful 2011.

  35. I know what you mean...for me, photographing objects, nature in a state I like to think of as transformation is very satisfying...discovering the beauty in things/organisms others would walk by and not even notice...I find this a remarkably healing spiritual practice. And re-purposing old objects to create something new, the way the artists have done in these assemblages has a similar quality of ordinary elevated to sacred...through an artists vision.

  36. Robyn - oh my, what a beautiful world lies here. There is magic in the discarded and the renewed, such joy and delight to see things made beautiful again. Thanks again - best wishes for a joyful, fulfilling and creative new year.

  37. Love the Rilke quote! Amazing photos. My favorite is the Bezabih Ayele

  38. These are amazing and beautiful assemblages! I can see why they captured your attention, they capture mine too. So happy to have found your blog through Lesley Riley. Best wishes for 2011!

  39. Dear Robyn, these are all wonderful to me. There is something so magical about an object in its own box, as though it's story is even more visible and complete. Like YOUR sculptures...!
    I am on the lookout for some boxes with walls and cubbies right now. Found a couple, but they still need to be roughed up a little more before they are right.
    I hope this is a joyous year for you, filled with love and peace and wonder. roxanne

  40. oh, I thought I just left you a comment, I will be back again to check if it went through... roxanne

  41. These are all quite fabulous. It's not easy to create a new work that blends assorted elements like they belong. I love the artwork by Harvee Riggs.

    All the very best to you for 2011. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.

  42. Wow! Gorgeous and inspiring. I find myself drawn to each one in some way...

  43. I am a mutual lover of old, discarded, weathered, worn, torn, junk that has been re-used and re-formed into ART--you always have so many artists to check out and so many quotes I want to copy down- I saw Leonardo Drew's gigantic assemblages in person a few years ago-- the scale and scope is mind blowing.

  44. Great
    thank you for sharing