Reclaiming The Throne

Up-cycling Tired Chairs as a Gesture in Honor of the Feminine Soul

Lounge "Before"
Lounge "Before"

One-of-a-Kind Lounge $4500.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Lounge $4500.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Under Lace-Up Corset (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-Of-A Kind Lounge $4500.00 Lace-Up Corset Detail

One-Of-A Kind Lounge $4500.00 Pillow Detail

One-Of-A Kind Lounge $4500.00 Lace-Up Corset Detail

Chair "Before"
Chair "Before"

this is the match to original chair- opposite orientation.

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Back (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Side View (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Side Detail (corresponding paintings sold separately)

Chair "Before"
Chair "Before"

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Arm Detail & Skirt (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-of-a-Kind Chair $3000.00 Hand Painted/Collaged Back (corresponding paintings sold separately)

One-Of-A Kind Chair $3000 Arm Detail

One-Of-A Kind Chair $3000 Lace-Up Corset Detail

One-Of-A Kind Chair $3000 Arm Detail

The Project

 

Reclaiming the Throne is an art project that honors feminine energy. It is a project dedicated to the process of restoring  parts of the feminine essence that have been cast away, worn out, worn down, diminished, and taken to the trash. It is a project that symbolically traces the steps of the inner journey toward claiming and restoring lost parts of the self. Pieces that have been left behind because they are not valued either by society or by ourselves.

 

The feminine essence  is not about gender identity or biology. It’s about the qualities of receptivity, co-operation, beauty, stillness, intuition, creativity and nurturing. It’s about taking time to be rather than do - time to lounge rather than lunge into action. Its about giving space to qualities that are not driven by the need to compete, the need to excel, or the need to produce revenue. These are qualities that we all hold but often undervalue because we are ignorant of what they might offer to the world. 

 

To me each furniture piece in the project represents a forgotten piece of soul - a diminished part of the self that holds the seed of something beautiful. The restoration process, like an inner journey of transformation, begins by searching and sifting through a lot of junk. It requires spending time in places that aren’t always appealing and staying true to an intuitive sense of what is valuable . The work is often hard and sometimes calls for tools you don’t have. Often it requires carrying something heavy - something not easy to manoeuvre- and sometimes you need to call a friend for help.

 

It is my hope that my reclaimed "thrones" will be a reminder that value can be hidden in the things we deem worthless, that nurturing and care can transform things that seem ugly at first, and that beauty is the natural resting place for the soul. 

The Process

I spend hours hunting through second hand stores and scouring Kijiji and Craigslist to find furniture pieces with potential. When I find a piece I haul it home and strip it down. I am careful to preserve as much of the foam and strapping on the original furniture frame as possible. I’m meticulous about the pieces I buy and only get chairs that have “good bones” because there is no point in up-cycling if you end up  throwing everything out.

 

Once the staples and old material have been removed I select the fabric and corresponding paint and collage paper that I’ll use for re-upholstering. I use a hand marbled momi paper made in Thailand for the collaged paintings and the painted/collaged parts of the chairs. This paper is made from Mulberry and it is known for its strong fabric-like fibres and it’s durability. 

 

For the painted portions of the furniture pieces I cover heavy canvas with a coat of gesso and then a coat of white paint. I then divide the canvas into  3”x 3” inch squares, paint them,  and then create a painted pattern on top. Once this is done I cut out 1” squares from my momi paper and apply them in a checkerboard  pattern to the 3” sections. The squares have to be cut by hand because the paper is too much like fabric to be cut mechanically. The collaged paintings are done the same way. To date I have cut out and applied approximately 4000 squares. Once the squares are applied, the canvas on both the furniture pieces and paintings are sealed with varnish. I use acrylic paint, acrylic medium, fabric medium, and scotchguard as a fabric protector.

*Each furniture grouping has a selection of twelve 12x12 paintings that correspond to it. The paintings are sold seperately.

 

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