New Art- Empty your Pockets


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‘Empty your pockets’


Functional up-cycled/recycled art. Vintage train case, re-made into fine art.

Mixed media, found objects and resin

Not yet on my web site, but will be there soon. If interested in buying this work, please email me for info.

Here is the quote that goes with this work:

“All things must change to something new, something strange.”

~ Henry W. Longfellow

I found this fun little train case in a Goodwill bins store a few years back.  BTW…I am also a junk-aholic, so I love to collect and pick up little tiny things. I thought it would be fun to collect things and when I needed to “put” these things somewhere (other than my pockets or the washing machine) I would empty my pockets into this case, when it was full…I would assemble it to tell the story of compulsive collecting…er, I mean the beauty of found art objects and up-cycling.

So, this case took almost two years to collect and then put it all together. I love the fact that it has a little of everything I find interesting in or on it. After I painted the outside (Oils), I re-lined the inside with new padding and new fabric, and a little wide  ribbon.  Then I took a epoxy glue and glued down everything on the top, after that was dry I covered the whole thing in resin. So it will last forever…and ever.  Finally I re-did the handle with wire, beads, and ribbon. It does close all the way and latch…but I wouldn’t keep it like that. I thought it would make a great key box, a remote control holder, a loose change keeper, or maybe to hold all those dog leashes and doodie bags (the clean ones, pre-doodie).  I just got it back from it’s gallery shows and tours, it’s been a traveling artwork for almost two years now.  I thought this work would be perfect for that show…being that it’s a re-made train/travel case. 🙂

Well, I hope this post finds you all well and warm. It’s freaking A cold here and I just want to sleep all the time. I would have been a good bear…I love to hibernate when it’s too cold.

Well that’s about all for me right now…I have a new painting that I am working on…another work that will likely cause some controversy because of the subject matter. But as you, dear reader,  know…I like to stir it up, every once in awhile. I am the BAD! kitty after all. 🙂

Have a great day,


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  1. Ed Maskevich
    January 20, 2009

    A true self portrait. I have always enjoyed assembalges but really suck at making them. I relate to the cold weather/hibernating idea. I am soooooooooo tired of shoveling snow.

  2. badkittyartstudio
    January 20, 2009

    Hey Ed! Thanks so much for the kind words…funny I’ve never thought about this work as a self portrait…but it SO IS!!! Cool beans. I know if I never see snow again it’ll be too soon. Stay warm my friend and thanks so much for stopping by, I sure do appreciate you.

  3. Kalliope Amorphous
    January 21, 2009

    I love upcycled art and this is just AWESOME.

    “nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.”

  4. estela
    January 23, 2009

    very cool!

  5. cynthia
    January 25, 2009

    Wickedly cool! This rocks….

  6. Marcus
    January 26, 2009

    Wow, that is a great talent you have! Excellent work!


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