Rats & Rabbits: Outsider, Folk Art Animal Sculptures
in 2015 my husband and I sold the two houses we owned, and the majority of our belongings to move to southern Indiana to renovate a farmhouse and start a business selling our artwork. It was our dream to create hand-made, repurposed furniture and mixed media artwork. Shortly after our move my business was struck hard with Chinese counterfeits and our dreams of building our hand-creation art business was put on a very long hold.
We are now able to start the business we had intended on starting many years ago. Today I am excited to share pics of our first found object, and mixed media sculptures.
I asked the hubs to make me a rabbit and I wanted to make a rat. My husband used vintage materials from my large stash of old fabrics for the clothing for the rabbit and he sculpted the hands, head and carved the wood feet. I think rats get such a bad rap. I love them and I hate that they are usually the symbols that union members use when they are picketing, so I thought I'd make a beer can rat that was actually doing a little picketing of his own. This rat is clearly not a fan of products Made in China.
I used an old beer can, old furniture casters, old rusted springs and washers, a bobbin for one of his eyes, some old twine, vintage fabric from an old seed bag, rusty wire, vintage typewriter key and a vintage wooden pirn bobbin for the base of his tail.