"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Welding and Airing You're Dirty Laundry

Yes, it's true, when you work with metal and rust and old junk - you get real dirty.  So, of course you have to do laundry.... right?

My take on doing laundry may be a little different than yours!!
 I was inspired to cut these out when I opened a box my mom had brought me from my childhood.  It was filled with my old Barbies (over 50 yrs old) and all of their clothes.  I washed all these little clothes, hung them on a little clothes line that I had for Christmas cards and the vision of those beautiful little dresses, shirts, pants and aprons was so cute it stuck in my mind for a few years.  So, what better time to be a little childish and just have fun.  The other source to inspire this whimsical clothes line was from my travels to Italy a few years back.  I loved taking pictures of all the beautiful doorways and all the beautiful laundry that hung from old buildings.  It's amazing to me how much inspiration surrounds us everyday and the many ways that we all put that inspiration to use.
Look behind the clothes... I didn't notice my little friends in the background until I developed the picture.  I had removed a little fountain on the wall that was distracting - but now after seeing all these guys maybe I should of left well enough alone.

6 comments:

stonepost said...

Ha ha, Soozee, I never think of you with Barbie Dolls! Love the pics of Italy and the clothes are ready for runway models!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I'll take that dirty laundry anytime, sweet whimsy. xox Corrine

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Fabulous! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! So much movement - I can see them blowing in the breeze. More of the 'same brick syndrome' - in my travels I have photographed washing hanging on lines all over the place ... HA! xoDonna

Barry said...

SZQ - this post made me smile - yes - inspiration for our art comes from some of the most simple and ordinary places. Reminds me a bit of Kim S's domestic duties project. B

Barbra Joan said...

Sooz, this is so unique, I believe you were VERY inspired by that laundry. !! BJ

Luthien said...

my girl would LOVE these ... tho i had to snigger at that bra ;)

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