Posts Tagged ‘Recycling’

Fragments. An old chair. Inspiration for new work.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

As a small child I pulled things apart. Even, before I could talk, I ripped apart dolls and toys. I used to make little displays, installations of the fragments and other discarded things. Today I still pull things apart. I find fragments more pleasing and sometimes, even more interesting than the original object.



Recently, I pulled apart an old chair that had been hanging around for years. The wood was still good. The cloth and leather had grit and rust, just perfect for sculpture. The rustic bits and pieces also related to some textile fragments, I unpicked from an 1800’s, quilt topper. I’m still working on outcomes and painting has crept in too. Below are some pics of the process.






Working with Textiles. Textile Collage & Drawing.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

I am a visual artist who works with a range of mediums and my process varies.



I use which ever vehicle helps me to express my ideas. Each work informs the other and leads onto the next idea.



The collages I’m working on at the moment are a follow on from my hand sewn fabric pieces and with more experiments I can see 3d objects creeping in





Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

3 abstract artworks
Size: Each artwork
Artwork 7.5″ x 5.5″ – 19 x 14cm
Size: with matt, 10″ x 8″ – 26 x 20cm.
Year 2016

“No Goodbye”


Mixed media collage. Found book paper, archive grey matt, thread on vintage book pages (Unframed)




( Artwork is matted ready to frame)


“Air Attacks”


Signed and dated on the back.



Unresolved, Revenge, Dangerous, Strange. Published Artworks.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016



As mentioned in my previous post, here are some photographs from my published article in “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine on, how to make your own mixed media collage’s, from vintage, Pulp Fiction paperback books or, any other damaged books.



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I love reclaiming and re-using, old tattered books that would otherwise, be tossed in the garbage giving them a new life and a new meaning. Instead of them being destroyed and forgotten.



Vintage Pulp by Jenny Davis 1m


I collect discarded objects and litter from the streets, along with items people would otherwise throw away and use them in my art and installation work. I physically dismantle my collected items, and then reassemble them, with the intention to reconstruct its purpose, from its earlier meaning and appearance.


Vintage Pulp by Jenny Davis 4m



My artworks are little mixed-media collage’s, created from, vintage “Pulp Fiction” book pages, old linen cloth, thread, paint, coloured pencils and ink.



Vintage Pulp by Jenny Davis 14m


As a thank you to all my readers Use Coupon Code PUBL0616 for a  50% discount on this magazine when you checkout at, and buy four (4) or more copies of the title. Click on image below!


Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Large Format Metallic Photographic Prints. Biomorph Series by Jenny Davis.

In creating my artwork I use various processes. By physically dismantling objects and clothing, I reassemble them into something else. My intention is to reconstruct the significance, or purpose of an object, from its earlier meaning and appearance.

Biomorph 6


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Biomorph 2



Jenny Davis_TextileWax _13S



Biomorph 4


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Biomorph 3



Jenny Davis_TextileWax _14S


More photographs  here

Stripping Back Layers. Plaster. Old Wallpaper. Paint.

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Stripping Back Layers. Plaster. Old Wallpaper. Paint.

Taking away layers stripping back identity to get to the essence of something


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is much more interesting to me than creating something recognizable


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As a child I was more interested in pulling things apart to investigate the material it was made from


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I then went further and tried to destroy the material scratching into it to get back the original source


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I still do that today in all my work


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experimenting with layers of paint plaster found papers antique french print vintage wallpapers and ink


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pulling apart scratching tearing and ripping



Collecting. What do you like to Collect?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Collecting. What do you like to Collect? Collecting can become so addictive, especially for an artist. My found objects and things are the inspiration and starting point for most of my artwork and ideas. When I see something, it can trigger off an instant idea and give me a vision to work with. I think this is why I love museums, as display and arranging objects are an important part of my sculptural and photographic work.



I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child. As an adult, I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place, as well as, material for use in my arts projects




Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass all, will be used in my art, eventually.




When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item might disturb me, I’ll bring it home. On a tour once, in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.




My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard, till I come across it again, sending me off on another project.




On my last trip to France, I came home with 15 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags, string, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, books and papers from a bin.






I also, collect vintage photographs. They tell stories of people and places, I’ll never know about, so, I make my own narrative.




Scientific stuff, equations, wire, tin, bones, animal skeletons, fur, hair, watches, old mobile covers, old shuttlecocks, vintage buttons, eye glasses, shriveled things, found numbers and fonts from keyboards.








Magazines and advertising, boxes, packaging, all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers, shells, vintage items and china, driftwood, snow-globes, toys, children’s books and so much more




I go to op shops, city streets, airports, underground spaces, beaches, garage sales, friends houses and sometimes, find stuff on EBay. Part of the fun and attraction for me is, the actual finding of discarded material that has been thrown away. I will recycle it into something else or, just show it’s beauty, as it is.




Collections of things are extremely important, for future generations too. 100’s of years from now, someone may come across my piece of fabric, wallpaper ,lolly paper, box ,bone etc. that will give them information on how we lived in our time, in our place.

Collections are also portraits of those who love to glean…..

Check out Andy Warhol’s boxes of stuff he collected over his life time
“Warhol Time Capsules”

No. 2. Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Follow-up from a previous post  Old clothes. Recycling. Art Making.

Playing with textiles, wax and trying to work out my new camera.

De-constructing a man’s suit.


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Wafers of wax, felt & linen


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Specimens to play with flesh- like



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Waxed string twined


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Hand- sewn surface marks


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Links to Joseph Beuy’s  felt works and underground spaces seen in Paris


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Similar to scientific or, geological specimens from an antique book


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Mail Art. Handmade Envelopes. New Project.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Hand-made envelopes made from used copy paper with doodles, scribbles and messed up prints. Sewn and packed to send mail art all over the world.

The top image is a reproduction of a 1900’s glass negative I found. I’m trying to work out how to develop a box of these.


Mail art for Adrienne in Canada

Jenny Davis_ Mailart Adreinne

A string of envelopes sewn together.


For Richard in France

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A box full of finished envelopes


For Jack in Queensland

Jenny Davis_ Mailart Jack

More envelopes


For PetrolPetal in South Africa

Jenny Davis_ SILLO

I discovered a good quick way to make pockets for an installation


For Adrienne again

Jenny Davis_ Stripe

I’m now addicted to making envelopes from all my waste papers.


Jacks collage.

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Old Clothes. Re-Cycling. Art Making.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Before, I throw anything away, I like to see if I can use it in my creative ideas. Not only am I dealing with issues concerning, over- consumption, re- cycling & renewing, I also love using the found material and always have a ready supply of art materials available.


Recently, I acquired a large amount of men’s ties, I’m pulling apart, to create abstract paintings.


I also have 3 wardrobes of old clothing, I’m slowly, using to make textile art pieces, books and more. The physical act of pulling apart and de-constructing my own clothing, connects me to the textures, memories and history of the piece. The materials are then, made into new ideas, re- introduced and re- valued.


Paper packaging, used coffee filters, table napkins and clothing dyed and baked in coffee, tea and rust




Vintage jumpers, jeans and shirts, torn and cut ready for book-making and other projects




Artwork in progress using scraps of vintage sheer curtain and upholstery material, rust dyed.