Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Celebrity Sock Kitty, 2016

A few years ago I found a book kit at Books-A-Million called Stupid Sock Creatures.  I loved the idea of creating oddball sock dolls and immediately began saving up old socks and gloves and buying new ones at salvage stores. However, I didn’t have time to actually make anything with those socks until a couple of years ago when I retired.

I spent the first few months of my retirement in a kind of limbo trying to decide what to do next. During that time I got out the stash of socks  – and some gloves – and started cutting and stitching them into imaginary creatures. I cut and stitched for hours on end while binge watching through an entire television series. The TV series was forgettable but some fun critters emerged from the sock/glove collection.  Like the Hello Kitty© sock above and the imaginary creature below.

Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Sock Creature, 2016



Deanna Williamson, Charis's China, mosaic door hanger, 2016,
Deanna Williamson, Charis’s China, mosaic door hanger, 2016

Pique assiette (or picassiette) is mosaic made from bits of broken china, pottery, glass, figurines, and/or jewelry. You can use these materials to make a conventional picture, decorate a piece of furniture or even cover an entire house.  A good example of the latter is the mosaic garden in France called Maison Picassiette. Probably the most famous collection of pique assiette is in the city of Barcelona where public places are filled with mosaics by the architect Antoni Gaudi. He and his assistants covered walls, benches, buildings, and fountains  with shards of broken dishes and pottery.

Pique assiette appeals to the modern interest in upcycling. It also gives a way to preserve items of sentimental value like the roses on this humble door hanger. They are shards of cups, saucers and plates from my daughter’s china collection.  It took a few years for the children to break this many things but it was worth the wait.


Deanna Williamson, Route 1 Ellisville, 11 x 8.5, mixed media, 2017,
Deanna Williamson, Route 1 Ellisville, 11 x 8.5, mixed media, 2017

Surrealism is an art movement of the early twentieth century that has continued unabated in popularity to this day. Route 1 Ellisville is my nod to Surrealism.

Like Erthling in the previous post, Route 1 Ellisville is a form of altered art in which photos are transformed to create a new work. This one has three photos – the house, the sun disc and the car.  Drawn lines radiate out from the sun to create rays and a road that unify the composition and provide an imaginary setting for the house and car. I filled in the rays and the road, extended the building, and added cast shadows to the ground with colored pencils. I also used colored pencils to alter the colors in the sun and add shadows and highlights to the car and the house. This helped to integrate the objects more fully with the background. Finally, I used white paint to add the stripes on the road and the vanity tag on the car.