When I finish a work, I know instantly if it ‘works’.  So when a work doesn’t sell, I know there’s something about it that’s a bit ‘off’, even if I can’t pinpoint what it is. Sometimes it just lacks the ‘wow’ factor.

These pieces get stripped down and recycled – I can re-use the bases and most of the materials. It’s laborious! I hack with a knife and a wallpaper scraper to get the materials off. (It is always reassuringly difficult – my biggest fear is that the found items will one day fall off.) Then my husband sands the base to get a smooth surface again and sometimes the sides need a bit of refreshing by Alec the Framer.

I wash the materials in soapy water and pick off the glue from glue-gun. Not every small item is saved but most can be used again. It’s not a task I enjoy but I hate waste.

I’ve been doing this to prepare two bases this week (- remember the Freaky Frog which I didn’t finish?) and now they’re good to go.

Can’t wait to start my next pieces – three in my head!

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2 Responses to Re-Recycling

  1. Hilary says:

    Dear Jane,

    I adore your work, Please let me know when you have a piece that does not sell. And also the price.

    I have never known you have pieces for sale except for commissioned pieces. Your work is amazing!

    I sell real estate for a living. Often houses sit on the market for a very long time and the price and presentation is correct. It’s often a timing thing and the right buyer has not come along. A year later or a different time and space that house becomes the hottest thing!

    Please please do not break up any of your unsold work, but put this away for another time and another place at a later date. You will be surprised that it will not only sell, but be sought after by more than one person.

    Please try this before going to the effort of breaking it up. Regards, Hilary Sent from Hilary Lazarus 0414 442414


    • janeperkins says:

      Hi Hilary
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write this reply – it’s an interesting dilemma!
      The analogy with houses is a good one – and I agree that with houses, they do eventually sell if the price is right.
      With my work, I’m reluctant to sell something that I don’t personally consider to be my best work. I have to be happy for it to go ‘out there’ with my name on it.
      It’s true that a couple of times I’ve had enquiries about a work I’ve dismantled (!) but I’ve only taken a few works to pieces in 13 years and haven’t regretted it.
      This year, things suddenly seem to have taken off for me and work has been selling quickly. I did put all the Fabulous Beasts exhibition pieces on the ‘Work For Sale’ page on my website – most have gone abroad, sold from the website rather than the exhibition itself.
      My most recent work, Sunflowers, went to a local gallery on Wednesday and sold on Saturday.
      I am about to start 4 new works – 2 are commissions. Do keep an eye on my Blog for updates!
      I hope all is well with you Hilary after this second difficult year of Covid?
      Happy Christmas! Jane xx

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