There are so many warm, wonderful textures and craftsmanship in old cast-off pianos...the possibilities seem endless.
Piano triptych made from reconfigured parts of a water damaged piano. I love pianos as wall art.
SOLD..."Driving in Kathmandu" recalls the rush of sensations and emotions all in frenetic colors rushing past while being driven in Kathmandu. We had near head-ons with other vehicles, cows, bicycles, children, dogs, busses, chickens and close misses of every variety... in a blur of confused color.
"Three Little Ditties" One octave mini shelves. Framed in Maple, Padouk and Walnut, they play together very well!
SOLD... "Salome" is named after a lovely young friend of mine in Nepal. This leaf measures a whopping 26" across, and quickly becomes the focal point in the room.
SOLD..."Prickly Pink" Gold, pink and purple are so pretty together!
"Oak Leaves and Acorns" adorn this front panel from a 1900s piano. It's now a handsome shelf made from piano parts.
"Celebrant" In anticipation of my favorite time of year when vivid summer greens give way to warmer fall tones. She has a width and height of 29"!
Half of a piano front panel is just the right size for a little sweet shelf to enrich a space.
SOLD...Did you know typewriters can hang on a wall?
SOLD...I adore vintage birds, and baubles. Together they make an adorable jewelry hanger.
SOLD...Sometimes you just need a little music when you put on your jewelry. Pegs at the bottom of this up-cycled piano octave make a great place to hang keys, jewelry, sunglasses...
SOLD...I love the green! This looks so handsome in on an office wall. Yes, typewriters can hang on the wall.
"Reincarnation" Now a triptych for the wall, this piano's previous life of music making was ruined by water infiltration, and couldn't be repaired. Sometimes the "old passes away" but the "new" is right around the corner.
Detail of "Reincarnation".
SOLD..."Rupa of Tikapur" Named after a very colorful woman I met in Nepal.
SOLD...Tumbling leaves reflect the changing seasons.
SOLD..."Redemption" After I completed the rough casting of this enormous leaf, it was broken and burned in a fire during a particularly troubled and painful period in my life. I was heartbroken because it was one of the best I'd done. I managed to pick up the pieces and save it though so it was strong and complete. After painting it, my son named it "Redemption" because the colors move from burning fire on the right side, to a hopeful green on the left.
SOLD..."Star Dust" keyboard. The craftsmanship of old pianos just slays me! The keys on this piano were repaired with red thread and a cloth bandage to keep it playing. I added my touch by replacing missing ivories with wooden substitutes, and some of them covered with sheet music from Hoagie Carmichael's "Star Dust".
Detail of "Star Dust"
"Drunken Keys" There seems to be no end to the possibilities with piano shapes. Every rescued piano is inspiring in different ways.
I grow Rhubarb plants in my garden. When I find a striking leaf emerging, I cast it using technique and materials I have developed in order to maintain the natural flow and beauty of the leaf. They are then painted and equipped it to hang on the wall, or framed like this one.
Every rescued piano has its own unique character. This piece is from an early 1900's piano that couldn't be tuned any longer.
"Moline" Wall hanging crafted from 19th-century pump organ with components all reconfigured.
SOLD..."Bhakti" named for a beautiful, vivacious woman in Nepal. Inset with pearls in the veins to symbolize her wisdom and triumph over hardship.
SOLD...Created with components from a 19-century pipe organ, the keyboard (one of two) looks fairly industrial with its wiring exposed. When the church in Denver learned it would cost $30,000 to tune the pipe organ, they decided to let it go. But some things just shouldn't be wasted.
"Leaf and Crumpled Sky" Small study.