I have always loved antiquing, since I was a child. As I grew up in Germany, their style is more so modernist, and the shabby chic antique thing just isn’t really in over there. I recall my Oma and Opa (German for Grandma and Grandpa) trying to talk me out of flea market finds. “What do you want with that old piece of junk? Its garbage! You don’t want that.” And my all-time favorite, “Junking” or Sparmulle, the day that German citizens could put old bulky junk out on the curb and the city would pick it up and dispose of it without cost to the owner. Normally they would have to take it to the landfill and pay a hefty price to have the item(s) taken off of their hands. Sparmulle went on for three days; my three days of heavenly delight. I often dream of those days, driving aound the quiet streets looking for a treasure or two.
Industrial Cuff Bracelet
Porcelean 1860s Frozen Charlotte Doll Necklace
Available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmbivalentRelics
And now back to where I live, just south of Atlanta, a place I have grown to love, mainly due to the southern cuisine. (Oh my! And now eating has become one of my favorite things. ) Quaint little towns with squares lined with antique and junk shops is now my thing.
My most recent class In early nineteenth century European history has inspired me to create some Victorian Industrial looking pieces. I love the unfinished strangeness of each piece. Each piece hand selected and fallen in love with by me. No two pieces are alike, and many I have a hard time letting go of, but I couldn’t keep all of it…or could I????