Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Found Objects in Assemblages

Found Objects + Your Creativity
 = Inspired Assemblages

You’ve surely noticed that The I.D.E.A. Store offers many “found objects”, three-dimensional everyday or unusual items that are “discovered” by people who re-purpose them, incorporating them into unique craft and art projects. Found objects are not your traditional art supplies, and they usually don’t have significant monetary value. Their “value” is perceived by the person who chooses these items: “this would make a great ______!” Found objects are often used in an assemblage, a “sculpture consisting of different objects and materials arranged in a unified 3-D composition.” (

The I.D.E.A. Store’s workshops intentionally feature found objects because we hope you will see their
potential as creative elements. In this Saturday’s “Design Your Family’s Coat of Arms” workshop, participants can incorporate interesting bits and pieces in their projects. Later this month, Melissa Mitchell’s “Cigar Box Shrine” 2-part workshop will really help you understand how to effectively use found objects to develop the theme in your box assemblage. Look for great found objects around the store on your next shopping trip, and reserve your place today in an upcoming workshop!

Article by Carol Jo Morgan, The I.D.E.A. Store's Education Director

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