March 05, 2010

The Beauty of Imperfection


Before I fell in love with mixed media art I couldn't appreciate items that were broken, stained, frayed etc. A chipped mug, a book that was falling apart, a stained doily - everything would go into the trash. At flea markets I would only watch out for laces, linens and other things in perfect condition. I would have never even considered buying a damaged Charlotte like you see in my assemblage. Only antique furniture was "allowed" to show some signs of wear. This has changed and now I can swoon over things that are not perfect. Even better when they already have flaws, fading and imperfections. Then I don't have to make them look old.

When I bought this Charlotte doll I didn't have a special project in mind. Some weeks later I received a flower pot from a neighbor. When the flowers were faded, the pot went into my studio and all of a sudden I knew what to do with the Charlotte. The pot wouldn't stand upright because of its beveled construction but the base of a wooden box fitted perfectly to hold it. It just had to be painted the grayish color of the flower pot. I let the doll in her original dirty condition but gave her a strand of pearls. To the pot/box construction I added a piece of lace, a couple of buttons, some stamping and a soldered tag. I didn't even have to think about what the tag would say - it had to be "BEAUTY".








When I had glued the flower pot to the box, hubby came by to look what I was doing and came up with an idea. Why not put something into the box? Well, I have to admit that I wasn't too thrilled at first. When he suggested to make the assemblage a music box, I loved the idea though and willingly took it apart to add a music box mechanism. So, now it plays a little tune when it's winded up.


Have a wonderful and sunny weekend! Maybe you will go to a flea market or a goodwill store and find some lovely imperfect treasures for your next project :-).

Hugs,

47 comments:

Debby said...

I love this piece, gorgeous. Enjoyed your post!
debby

Sandy said...

Mir fehlen sämtliche Worte. Was ist das wieder ein grandioses Kunstwerk meine liebe Julia. Ein Traum.

Ich wünsche Dir ein wunderschönes WE.

Lululiz said...

Oh my goodness, a music box! What a wonderful idea, congrats to your hubby for suggesting it. It looking fabulous.

LiLi M. said...

Ohh this is just magnificient! And it plays music too! I love love love this! I was the same as you: always looking for perfect condition and now...again like you, looking for the most worn and tattered! Have a great weekend!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Julia,
I am in LOVE with your assemblage. Your hub is genius for thinking of the music box. I am really drawn to the numbers on the side, I am a number freak. I love what you said about how your view of things changed after you discovered altered art. Me too. I could just die when I think of the things I've thrown out or donated because they were not perfect. It is the imperfections that make us unique, right?! That makes me pretty darn unique, lol. I really love it Julia. Lisa
PS Thank you so very much for your comment today. You always make me feel so special.

Les Cotrions said...

Ohh Julia I adore imperfection! It's the true essence of life! You made a gorgeous job! Your music box is a beauty in its wonderful imperfection!
Happy week end!
Vale

Karen said...

Well my friend, you have one clever husband! I think it was the icing on the cake. How perfect!
this is another beautiful creation from your hands . Girl! Is there nothing you can't do?
And yes, I too now like "gently used" things. How funny is that? I've a few of my everyday dishes that I've had for almost 25 years, and a few of the pieces have chips from the boys doing dishes when they were little. And I now look at them differently. Besides, through Replacements.com they want $40 for the dinner plate - I don't think so!
Great post! Give your man a hug!
:) ENjoy your weekend. Karen

Claudia said...

I just love this piece! And I love the fact that your husband came up with such a good suggestion. You work well together! It is simply beautiful and I love, love the numbers on the side and the pearls around the frozen charlotte's neck..


Claudia

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Julia!
You are so creative, it kills me! This is soooo beautiful, sooooo precious!

Can you imagine the stock pile we would have if we would have appreciated all these lovely aged goodies many years ago? Shame on us...I have many regrets for things that I've passed up. Those days are over though as now I hoard everything vintage! ;)

This is really beautiful Julia, I can almost hear music playing...

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

I adore the sweet piece you have made and such a lovely idea to put the music box in it. I love it too, that we can find beauty in the imperfection.

Happy weekend, dear friend
Hugs
Carolyn

June said...

Julia this piece is so beautiful. Every little detail...just perfection (or should I say imperfection) . I know what you mean about not seeing all the wonderful things about imperfection before now. Maybe it happened to me after everything about me started going south.LOL
hugs

Birgit said...

Liebe Julia,
ich bin restlos begeistert von diesem Traum-Projekt. Du hast wirklich ein außerordentliches Händchen, vor allem aber ein Auge für Dinge, die einfach zueinander passen. Du hast Recht, es sind gerade die unvollkommenden Dinge, die ihren besonderen Charme haben. Einfach nur schön!
Liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende. Wir haben hier über Nacht schon wieder 15 cm Neuschnee. Es wird bei Euch wohl nicht anders aussehen, denke ich.
Birgit

Dorthe said...

Liebe Julia!

How sweet and wonderfull, this has become.
Ich liebe dass, und die idee mit der musik maschine ist wircklisch wunderschön. Eine so wunderbares haus für die kleine charlotte doll, hast du gemacht, und dann auch mit" eine kleine nacht musik"

Wünsche dir einer tolles woshenende Julia, hier kriegte wir nochmal schnee gestern!!!!!!!!

Hugs Dorthe

Debrina said...

Gorgeous Julia! I love the fact that beauty comes in so many shaoes and forms and that perfection can, at times, seem rather boring in comparison. Your Charlotte piece is just delightful and far from boring!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Ein echtes kleines Kunstwerk!°
Ein schönes Wochenende und lG Anja

Viola said...

Das sieht ja wohl super aus, Julia! Absolutely gorgeous!! :o) Ein schönes WE!! Hier scheint jetzt auch die Sonne, aber mit ganz viel neuem Schnee, heul!

Hanne said...

This is really wonderful!
Hanne

Rostrose said...

Ein geniales Machwerk, liebe Julia - und man sieht mal wieder, wie schön sich oft eins ins andere fügt, ohne dass man es vorher geplant hat! Sag, zu deiner Einleitung ist mir etwasw durch den Kopf gegangen: Glaubst du, ist die wachsende Zuneigung zu Nicht-Perfektem (die ich auch bei mir beobachte) eine Modeerscheinung - oder liegt es daran, dass man selber älter wird (und somit "optisch weniger perfekt" - aber mit "ausgeprägteren inneren Werten" ...? Tja, das ist die Frage aller Fragen; dein Griff zu Charlotte war jedenfalls einer, der letztendlich innere und äußere Werte vereint hat!
Alles Liebe und ein schönes Wochenende! Hugserle, Traude

BellaRosa said...

Julia amor, this came out lovely! pssst...and between you and me...this is the first time I have seen a frozen Charlotte that didn't scare me lol and I totally agree with you, there was a time when if it was broken or tattered it went in the bin, now...I hold on to EVERYTHING just incase...if I keep going like this...soon there will be no room in my house for me and my family lol Oh and amor, you can talk to me in German anytime...I will smile away like a fool lol I WISH I knew how to speak it, I have these tiny antique little books that are in German, I bought them because other than my beloved cup...I have only stories of that part of my heritage :) oh wait...my daughter taught me Danka...when she was 2 lol her sitter taught her that and a few other words, that is all that stuck...hey...is Danka German? lol leave it to me to be wrong on that too ;) Have a beautiful weekend! Besos, Rose

TinyBear said...

Beautiful piece Jaulia - love the color combination.
I also love how you display your music box surrounder with old sewing stuff.

Cozy Little House said...

I was the same way once. If it was tattered or stained, it went into the trash. Oh, if I could have those things back now! I love your assemblage here!
Brenda

Anne said...

This is just wonderful! Like you, I have been a "perfectionist" for most of my life; not until had a life-altering illness did I begin to appreciate imperfection...
I know you are so proud of this piece; I would be!
Anne

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Julia,
this is to die for - thanks for sharing.Have a wonderful Sunday

The Charm House said...

Julia, This is so beautiful! Inspiring!
Have a wonderful day!
Yvette

sissie said...

I wonder just where would we be without all the imperfect stuff waiting to be in our posession!
What a beautiful flower box that you have created. I love it.

hugs
Sissie

Laurie said...

How beautiful!

Xela said...

klasse Shrine Julia, besonders gut gefallen mir deine Zahlen an der Seite. l.G. Alexandra

The Tin Rabbit said...

This is the sweetest piece and having your husbands input makes it all the more special~

Jane said...

Julia,
This is such a beautiful piece. I love the addition of the lace, buttons and painting on the box and the Charlotte doll with the pearls is perfect.
Jane

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Oh Julia, this is absolutely gorgeous, I just love it!!! The frozen Charlotte is just precious and how sweet with the pearl necklace! The lace you added is beautiful and I also love the stamping you did on the box...looks fabulous!!
I never used to look for tattered and worn things before but now I am so happy when I find a special piece for my collection! You did such a beautiful job on this Julia and I just love it that your husband added his creativity to your art work also!
Have a beautiful day~
Hugs, Carol Anne xo

bekimarie said...

Such a fantastic idea, turning into a music box.
It's beautiful, would love to get my hands on some frozen Charlottes.

Beki xxx

marie said...

Your Charlotte is so sweet.
Isn't it amazing how our thoughts change with an interest in mixed media art....imperfection takes on a whole new (perfect) look.

Tracey said...

Hello Julia!

You have such talent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love what you've created and the angles at which you shot the photos are so wonderful too!!!

:) T

Chani said...

Unglaublich, wie du das zusammengestellt hast! Auch als Foto. Ganz besonders gefallen mir die weissen Malereien auf der Kiste. Alles Freihand?
Du, mir gehts ähnlich wie dir, auch ich hatte früher kein Interesse an alten Sachen. Was mich immer noch nervt: Ich habe damals eine Riesenkiste wunderschöne alte Spitze, die damals meiner Grosstante gehört hat, auf Ebay verkauft, für praktisch nichts. Jetzt muss ich sie mir wieder mühsam zusammensuchen, und sie wird nie wieder den gleichen (sentimentalen) Wert für mich haben... Und noch schlimmer: Da ich ja in Paris lebe, war ich zur Leerung der Wohnung meiner Grosseltern und der 2 ESTRICHE (das Paradies!) nicht da, alles wurde weggeworfen. Wie würde ich heute an diesen alten Sachen hängen! Meine Grossmutter hatte in den 60/70er Jahren einen Kleider- und Nähwarenladen. Alles war sogar noch verpackt... Immerhin haben wir die alten Kunstbücher meines Grossvaters gerettet, die mit Spitze verzierte Hochzeitsbettwäsche und natürlich die Fotos.
Liebe (jetzt etwas traurige) Grüsse, Chani

robin dudley-howes said...

This is fantastic! I love it! I want to go in my studio and make one...
robin

Jo said...

Just soooo love the concept of transforming something that has previously regarded as rubbish, worthless, broken, tarnished etc into something of great beauty and value once again. And you've definitely achieved this here.... gorgeous!

Abby said...

Hello friend, just wanted send a big thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a lovely comment....it made my day:)BTW, your creations are magnificent!



Abby:)

Petite Michelle Louise said...

hi julia. thanks for posting a comment on my blog about my altered bottles. i am happy you stopped in! I LOVE your blog...will be a follower from now on! ~*~*~*~michelle~*~*~*~~

Jo said...

Hi its me again!!
Just wanted to let you know that I'm having a "Week of Worthiness" give-away on my blog consisting of one of my orchid pendants. Would be fantastic if you could enter too as the themes explored seem to relate to this posting too.
Hugs Jo xx

Karen said...

MIss Julia! Where are you? Missing your posts my Friend!

ale said...

how beautifull!!!!!!!!!!!! besos!!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Julie,
I love your little charlotte. The assemblage is beautiful. I tried to get a few charlottes awhile back on Ebay. They came from Germany actually from an old factory...many were damaged but I didn't care. I had bids everywhere but I lost all the bids....urrrr! i was so mad!
I guess I wasn't the only one who wanted them:)) lol

xxx

Rostrose said...

Hallo du Liebe, jetzt warte ich schon so sehnsüchtig auf ein neues Posting von dir - hoffe es geht dir gut! Dein "Kommentar zu meinem Kommentar" hat mich lächeln gemacht, vonwegen "vintage aussehen" und deinen "Cecil-Schilderungen". Er ist sicher total süß (meien Mutter hat irgendwann mal den - herzlich gemeinten und sehr wienerischen - Begriff "liaba schiacha Hund" geprägt, den hat sie sowohl für süße, aber eben nicht so extrem "hübsche" Hundchen verwendet, aber auch für Männer, die eher den Charme des Unperfekten versprühen. Ihr Inbegriff für einen "lieben, hässlichen Hund" (in Sachen "Männer") war seinerzeit übrigens Jean-Paul Belmondo... ;o)
Alles Liebe und natürlich auch wieder eine Ladung "Hugserle" - und bitte knuddel den Cecil mit seinen Franseöhrchen ganz inniglich von mir (natürlich auch ohne Distress Ink und Sandpapier! ;o))
tschau.trau.mau

sweetjeanette said...

How lucky for us, you had a change of heart and see the beauty in imperfection!!! It's absolutely beautiful and I love it!

jeanette from www.sweetjeanette.com

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Julia, thank you for "Charlotte." I think I always appreciate the imperfect, but I know what you mean when it comes to some stuff. Maybe for me, it is learning more to appreciate the imperfect in people rather than stuff! Thank you for sharing...blessings, deb

LiLi M. said...

Oh I am so happy to hear that the 'traveling journal' finally reached it's destination and that you like it. Have a lot of fun with it! xoxo LiLi

stampdiva said...

This is incredible. There is such a sense of fragility to it but at the same time there is also a sense of such strength. Incredible. Lynne M