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Dreamy Mixed Media Boats


Lovely little boats by mixed media artist Kathleen Koopman are floating in the window at FOUND on a dreamy voyage. The sailboats have dainty handkerchiefs or recycled fabrics as sails and float through the air like something out of  a bedtime story.

boat.star Others tell a story of companionship. Birds join in the journey. boat.sidebyside We asked Kathleen to share her inspiration for these dreamy boats:

I'm part collector, part archivist, part archaeologist, and part researcher. I find things, arrange them, organize them, and display them.

My work for the past several years has focused on the assemblage of found objects, scraps, photographs, fiber, and paper, to create a narrative with memories and dreams intertwined.

I draw from a collection of artifacts, found: junk stores, the street, the landscape, the pathways of life: items cast off and abandoned, waiting for the opportunity tell their stories, effected by time and memory.

Constructing boats rose out of that process, out of these materials, as an extension of the assemblage process, and the inspiration grew fueled by the metaphors: voyages, sailing, hulls, rigging, sails, navigation driven by the vagaries of wind and water: discovery, travel, wandering.

Bon Voyage!

Kathleen Koopman.  July 2014.


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Comments on this post (5)

  • May 11, 2015

    Charming! The sweet boats inspire fine daydreams.

    — Last Minute Lynn

  • May 11, 2015

    Hope business is booming, and all is well with everyone! Think of all of you when I look at the wonderful items I bought from your store and have displayed in my place!

    — Kimberly Endres-Nitta

  • May 11, 2015

    Thanks Kim – we miss you too!

    — Mary at FOUND

  • May 11, 2015

    LOVE these boats! I miss your store and all of the goodies that you carry! Hope to stop in the next time I’m in town visiting.

    Kim Nitta (I used to work at 16 Hands, and moved back to California)

    — Kimberly Endres-Nitta

  • May 11, 2015

    Just fabulous. The work – the metaphor – the beauty and obviously the wealth of meaning. Can’t wait to see what else Kathleen has up the sleeve of her smock!

    — Amy

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