Altered Ego

May 05, 2010, 06:00 am  Posted by needlearts

A couple years ago I was on vacation in San Francisco and I saw a really cool altered painting at Anthropologie. I was so intrigued that I did an internet search when I returned home and found that they were made by Leslie Oschmann, the former Visual Director of Anthropologie (I’m jealous already) who moved to Amsterdam to set up a her own studio/store Swarm. She “reclaims objects”, combining old furniture, paintings and textiles to create one-of-a-kind refashioned objects for the home. Here’s an example of her work:

Pretty darn cool.

Anyway, it stuck with me as a great idea for adaptive reuse, and when a friend recently alerted me to a stash of old paintings up for sale at a local church benefit, I bought the lot. Then I headed down to the local fabric store to pick out some great prints. You’ll probably recognize a few.

Here are some of the results—before and after—from first communion to sainthood.

And this fellow. From banker (seems plausible) to jazz musician.

They both seem happier to me now…just two of a series of “alter egos” I plan to continue working on.


16 Responses

    kp says:

    Super cool-whatta way to breathe new life into old portraits!

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