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Chairs in a Salvage Yard

When we lived in California (seems like eons ago), I took some photos of some fabulous old chairs in a salvage shop. I have always loved these photos so when Deborah chose the chair theme, I immediately went to those photos that have been languishing on my Flickr site.  This is the photo I used to create the screen a couple of posts ago.


As I walked around the yard, there were more chairs in little vignettes.



I looked in my art cloth bin and found this fabric that was soy wax printed with some found objects. The colors were perfect for the background. I printed a stack of turquoise chairs and then got stuck!!


I played with the other photos and printed them on cotton. I cropped the stack of chairs and printed some chairs in different sizes. It was all too monochromatic.  The original salvage sign was blue with copper writing. I played with it in Photoshop to make it the complement of the turquoise colors. I also made the chair sign with the Broken font in orange.

That was just what the piece needed. Here it is. I am really pleased with this piece, and I am so glad that I put the time into it, even though it was very difficult for me this past month. You can click on this to see the details.


Here is a detail:


I have often wondered where these chairs were in a previous life and what stories they would have to tell. Now, go on over to see the other chairs on the 12 X 12 site, you will not be disappointed.

13 Responses to “Chairs in a Salvage Yard”

  1. I came back for a second look at your chairs after I saw it on Terry’s blog. When I clicked on the picture and saw the larger view I was really impressed. Good-oh.

  2. rayna says:

    I love this piece and all the others on the 12×12 site are terrific, too. thanks for sharing it.

  3. kathy says:

    Wonderful collage….love it!

  4. Judy says:

    The sign is just perfect…and I love the way you put those other chairs down in the lower left corner. Very nice work!

  5. Gerrie – this is a terrific piece. Certainly worth all the effort you put into and more!

  6. Deirdre says:

    Great piece Gerrie! I also wanted to say thanks for having a full size image open when you click on it – it is really nice to really be able to see the detail!

    😀 eirdre

  7. Gloria says:

    This is GREAT!

  8. I have loved all of your 12 x 12 challenges and this one is no exception! I looked at the others, too. Just fabulous!

  9. Connie Rose says:

    I love your finished piece, Gerrie. It’s the best of the bunch (of pieces in the chair series), IMHO.

  10. jenclair says:

    Love the photos of the chairs. Also love your Nick’s Salvage piece. What a great interpretation of those particular worn and patina-ed chairs!

  11. Karoda says:

    popped back over to say, the chairs exhibit shows such creative talent and is very inspiring.

  12. Karoda says:

    you struck a bingo with me on this piece!!!! I’ve been going through a chair thing when I second hand shop…the only thing that keeps me from buying them (besides the lack of cash) is that I’d have no where to place them. That started last summer…gonna go check out the 12×12 now.

  13. Kristin L says:

    I want to know how they stacked those chairs up so high!