Posts Tagged ‘mobiles’

The Mobile Whisperer

January 26, 2013

Lucky, lucky me.  My father-in-law makes the most incredible mobiles–and even though I have quite a few, I just can’t get enough of them. It’s difficult to truly capture them in photographs, but here’s a little peek at a few of my personal collection.

This is one of the first he made for me. I love MCM Atomic style.  Update it with more saturated colors and you have:

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He also works in natural woods, salvaged from branches he picks up on his walks. This one has wood from 12 different Indiana hardwoods.

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Sycamore grain is gorgeous. This one has a different structure, and moves beautifully.
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He also makes table-top models (and eight-foot versions of this!)  The stand is made of apple, and the individual elements are dogwood.
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My favorite is a hexie mobile he made me after seeing my working on some English paper pieced hexagons.

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It’s difficult to capture the size of my most recent gift.  It hangs in my foyer.

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He has begun to play around with some new elements–computer components.

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My daughter has a fun painted moon & stars mobile.

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My son has a mixed dogwood/painted elements.

photo (29)It has been wonderful watching the evolution of his work, and I love it when he says, “Hey, I made an innovation . . .” I always try to lay claim to the prototypes. I like to think I’m his number one fan.  If you’d like to see more of his work, you can find him at Sculptures by Joe.

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