“The artist never entirely knows – We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark”. – Agnes de Mille
What can you do with a mayonnaise jar?
Spread your toasted bun? Use it when eating fish? Clean it and turn it into your kids’ money box? Yes, it’s true, a product can be used in hundreds of ways if you can imagine it. Looking at it one day, I decided to experiment. And I decided that instead of throwing it away or recycle it, I will transform it to art. Crazy as it may seem, that was one more pattern trial for LilysCraftedFeelings. Thick glass used for food storage is quality glass and durable. I made a playful glass candle holder. You can even tie handles on it or adjust metal hanging wire and take it from your coffee table to your garden or terrace on a warm evening. Then I took it to next level, started featuring a pattern collection I always felt I should work on in the future and so on…
Art is self-expression and self-exploration
When I decided to use that mayonnaise jar and create an art object out of it, I felt a bit awkward too, you must believe me. I guess that was because we are used to identify certain items for some specific use or functionality. At the same time, I felt perturbed not to experiment and delve into the “What ifs…” that come to mind.
It’s beautiful to revive an object that made its cycle and accomplished its mission because you upcycle! A scrap value lot becomes a fine piece of art, because someone looked at it from a different angle!
Shalimar Dreams Collection mainly consists of upcycled objects converted to decorative glass candle holders and I am proud of that. Do you agree? I would love to hear from you on the subject!