I discovered a small collection of mint tins the other day. (Making a "discovery" in a workspace as small as mine can mean only one thing: I REALLY need to clean my "studio.") So I came to the realization that I either need to do something with them or toss 'em. What to do, what to do? I thought about simply making little boxes--but where's the fun in that? After all, they're designed as boxes to hold mints--why not re-purpose them? Then I remembered the concept of "Nichos," which I read about in Michael DeMeng's book DUSTY DIABLOS. Popular in Mexican folk art, a nicho is, according to Mr. DeMeng, "a tiny shrine that is shadow box-ish--a little place to put something sacred or devotional." So for the time being, that's my plan--to make nichos. However, given my tendencies, the terms "sacred" and/or "devotional" will probably be turned on their heads--but you get the idea. Below are some shots from the beginning stages: the tins and blank pieces of plywood in the first picture, and the plywood with tin-sized holes in the second picture. Stay tuned to see my progress--or lack thereof.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.