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Order your very own Heirloom Art PIECE!

I call these works "HEIRLOOM ART PIECES" because when YOUR treasures are preserved in this manner, they become lifelong keepsakes. Art made with items that represent your memories, helps you connect the past with the future. And you can feel good about not having these things thrown into the trash.

If you have a drawer-full of very important – yet sadly, no longer useful – miscellaneous items, I would be honoured to make an Heirloom Art Piece for you. You can contact me via email at dorothealeblanc@me.com  Or call 902-488-3474

WHY I STARTED MAKING UPCYCLED ART PIECES:

I am a die-hard recycler!

A heart to reduce, reuse and recycle inspires me to create these lusciously textured paintings. I started making them in 2007, which was when I also began painting again (after a 26 year hiatus). These works fulfill my in-born desire to make sculpture.

Stories of difficult times were told to my young self by my parents who grew up in war-torn Europe, so I learned the value of pre-used things. Today in my house, I keep a drawer (or five) of "miscellaneous" items – you know, pennies, twist-ties, short pencils, scraps of material, chipped pottery, broken jewellery, twisted cutlery, etc. And even though I know the stuff is old and useless, in the back of my mind I keep thinking, "This will be really useful one day!"

And as it turns out, those little items were and continue to be the basis for my highly textured, acrylic-painted, up-cycled artwork.

Working on these paintings causes me to experience a completely different creative process than when I am painting realistically. Perhaps one reason is that there is no finished image for reference. The process is more creatively genuine, it’s more “me” because it allows me to express my love for texture, colour and spontaneity while recycling things instead of throwing them out.

All this keeps drawing me back to the endlessly interesting miscellaneous drawers of life.

 

RECYCLED (UPCYCLED) ART IS TRANSFORMING REFUSE FROM THE PAST INTO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR THE FUTURE” Dorothea LeBlanc