Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Butterflies Are Free . . .

Butterfly children's chair - Sold

If you know my work - you know I love painting chairs.
In many ways - chairs were the gateway to many of my other items that I create. (Is there a 12-step group for that?)
I love taking old chairs that people are tired of and giving them a new life.
Full of color and whimsy - they become useable pieces of art.
And who can't use an extra chair?

People use their chairs for their desks, for a focal point in a corner of a room, for teacher's chair for story or circle time in a classroom . . .all sorts of things.

And of course - children's chairs are the most popular.
A few years back, I was lucky enough to stumble on an ad on Craigslist.
A church was selling a whole room full of old children's chairs.
Make us an offer, they said.
So I did - $2 per chair for as many as I could put in the back of my van.
The price was perfect - but I worked for those chairs.
I had to carry them all out of a basement - up 2 flights of stairs - on a hot August day.

I brought home a lot of children's chairs. We had them stashed everywhere possible.
I have painted them and sold them over the last few years.

But alas . . .I have only one chair left.
And they are getting so difficult to find - school districts have destroyed their supply of wooden chairs -
they are not considered sanitary.
People who sell them now consider them an "antique" and want "antique" prices.
I am a sad, sad person. . .

So I send a message out in to the universe . . .
where is an artist to find inexpensive wooden children's chairs?
May I happen upon another source from someone who is just anxious to make them someone elses problem?
I would be kind enough to take on that burden. . . 


Trishelle said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!! I admire your visionary mind!

Cheryl Mellema said...

Hey Laurie! I too have had a lapse from the ole blogosphere...but am going to try again this year to try and get the hang of it. Congratulations on your daughters son is marrying in October so I am slowly getting a taste for what you have just been through. He and his bride to be are getting married on Orcas Island (Washington) and I just can't wait to see him, his bride, my daughter and all of the other family too.

Getting back to your post though, your chair is "All full of Purdy!" I have 2 small chairs in my art room that I will be painting someday...and I feel your pain on finding them. I think I paid over $20 a piece...but I just had to have them!!! I've also picked up an old wooden Red Rider rocking pony (toddler size) in which my plan is to paint! So so cute I don't think I will be able to sell so I will hang onto until I have some grandchildren.

Anyway, so glad to see you blogging and I look forward to seeing more!!!