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-- size --
Frame is 15 1/2 inches long x 12 1/2 inches high
Mat's center opening is 6 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches

-- description --
I created this hand cut collage scene from a well-loved copy of Maurice Sendak's "Where The Wild Things Are." I used a mat that came with this frame, and added elements that I cut from the book to complete the scene.

Shown in the 4th photo: I like to do quick mini collages using scraps on the backs of the displayed side. They're hidden under the frame's backing, but if the buyers ever open them, they'll find this inside. These mini collages give me a good place to sign, without messing up the front with my name. :)

Frame is brand new, black wood, and has 2 triangle loop hangers on the back for mounting on your wall. You can see one of these hangers in the last photo above. Note that the metal brackets you see holding up the frame are NOT necessary OR included. I just use these for taking photos, since I've found that it's easier than adjusting the location of the nails every time I have a different sized piece to display and photograph. :)

All of my frames, whether new or used, are checked to be sure they're sturdy and attractive enough for home display before I frame my work in them. As a general rule, I never list anything that I wouldn't love to have in my own home, if I had the space to keep it all! :)

-- shipping --
Please note that, boxed up, this item is large and weighs nearly 3 pounds.

U.S. shipping quote on this item is for Parcel Post, and includes delivery confirmation and insurance. Shipping cost may vary by zip code. I refund shipping overcharges of more than $1.

International shipping quote on this item is for International Priority Mail, and includes delivery confirmation and insurance. Priority is the least expensive international option for this package, due to its size and weight.

-- About my work --
Flickr portfolio: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69330632@N06/sets/

All pieces are hand cut by me, using an X-acto knife and occasionally a special detailing scissors. I get the books either from my own collection or from last-chance shelves at thrift stores. You'd be shocked if you knew how much perfectly good stuff gets thrown in the trash at most thrift stores. I've worked in them. I've seen it. So I like to rescue these books before they hit the landfills, and reuse them to make fun wall art for children's nurseries and playrooms.

Basically, I take a book or excerpt of a book and use it to create a single-panel design, so you get the whole story (or an adaptation of it) in one view. I take apart pre-owned children's books (Dr. Seuss books are my favorites, because their pictures are the best!) and reconstruct them into works of art for wall/table display, usually using collage frames. This sounds easy, but you might be surprised by how long it can really take to get something like this just right. It doesn't look all that elaborate at first glance, but it really is much more difficult than it appears. It isn't just cropping the white space off a page and popping the remaining image in a frame. I incorporate multiple pages (often from multiple books) together by paper-piecing related text and/or images. Sometimes I use the text directly from the book pages; other times, I'll reformat it on my computer to fit the frame space and print it in a Seuss-like font for a more authentic feel.

Want a peek at my technique?

I started doing this on a whim, a number of years ago. We wanted something fun for the walls of our apartment at the time, and we've always been fans of Dr. Seuss. There wasn't anything available that I could find, so I sat down to make my own. Sold my first piece right here on Etsy in 2008. Life's a busy thing, and I sell vintage full-time over at http://VintageOrphanage.etsy.com, so I never seem to have as much time to work on these storybook adaptations as I'd like to.

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Where The Wild Things Are - "Frightening" - 15x12 framed Maurice Sendak storybook adaptation collage wall art


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, love, time, adhesive, wooden frame
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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