Before & After: Plain Chairs Get the Artist’s Treatment

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Kaitlyn )

Kaitlyn bought these chairs as a medium for her art show. The fabric she chose is definitely a work of art!

(Image credit: Kaitlyn )

From Kaitlyn:

I bought these chairs from a local thrift store in Santa Fe, although they originally came from a hotel on the plaza. I bought them to reupholster and put in my college senior art show, where I am sharing a space with 8 other students. I wanted to create something that would be stick out, and also incorporate my skills outside of traditional studio art practices. I wanted small chairs that would be easy to move and these seemed like they were just waiting for me!
I waited to choose the fabric until I knew what sort of shape I was going to be dealing with. The fabric is all Echino by Etsuko Furuya. I chose it because it is so colorful and gives the illusion of being pieced. I also painted the legs a deep purple which doesn’t match the fabric, but compliments the jewel tones.
A lot of my studio art has the common theme of nature, which also appears in the various fabrics that I found which ties it all together as an exhibit in the gallery.
Even though I am calling them art, visitors to the show are absolutely allowed to sit in them!

Thank you Kaitlyn!