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Indy Bacon

Indy Bacon has been pursuing various art forms out of her Hartland, Michigan home for 25 years. Over the past ten years, her basement studio has managed to take over most the Bacon's 1880's farmhouse. Indy has combined her love of antiques and shiny old things, her passion for collecting, her desire to repurpose and her gift of imagination with all that she learned studying art at the University of Colorado. The results are one of a kind wooden characters that are collectively referred to as lithe Salvagettes". Each one ,however, has a name and story of its own. The first "Salvagette" was "born" in 2002 and more than a hundred have been constructed since. They have made their debuts at summer fairs in Fenton ,Michigan and in one and two women shows in Brighton,Flint and Harbor Springs. Indy currently shows her work in Holly, Milford and Fenton as well as Harbor Springs where she and her husband spend their weekends. She enjoys participating in gallery events and sharing her visions with others. My "Salvagettes" are all about giving new life to old things. Personalities evolve out of mounds of treasure accumulated from frequent visits to antique shops and shows across the country, local estate sales, wonderful friends who know what excites me and even a trip to the Flea markets in Paris. Treasures for me are old things with character. This could be anything from a lonely chair spindle with layers of paint to a tarnished brass drawer-pull with an amazing floral design. A part of a part is great if it sparks my imagination. I am interested in these things for their potential to become something other than what they were intended. I want to give them a new purpose; a new life. A newel-post becomes a body, vintage curtain rods make elegant wings and most antique hardware is fine jewelry for the women I create. At times, I feel a bit like Mister Geppetto .... turning "finds" into wooden figures and giving them names!! Although my degree in art from the University of Colorado was earned in 1979, "The First Lady" did not come together until 2002. That broken seafoam green newel-post rescued from Rebel's Junque in Flint, Michigan was the beginning of what has become my passion………..assemblage of resurrected goods. More recently, I decided that I too should like to wear that elegant old hardware as jewelry so I am experimenting with the art of fashioning "Hardwear." Out of antique drawer-pulls, antique buttons and the like, I am creating one of a kind bracelets and more. Thankful to be enjoying the creative journey, indy

Last modified March 6, 2011

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