jackie moravcik's Profile

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Hi! I appreciate you stopping by and looking at all my stuff!

I call myself a 'Re-artist'. I love working with found objects and creating beautiful art from what others would throw away without a second thought...old metal headboards used as garden fences, painted wooden chairs hung as colorful plant holders, yard sculptures made from old pots and jewelry made from empty liquor bottles.

I say 're-artist' as opposed to 'artist' because when i look at an empty canvas, i don't see or feel anything...I have no idea what to do with it but when i see a broken pot or scrap of fabric, then i can envision so many things to do with it that sometimes I can't decide which idea to go with and it takes me forever to finish. I can't seem to Act, only RE-Act.

I started making the…

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  • Born on October 13
  • Joined July 29, 2009

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About

Hi! I appreciate you stopping by and looking at all my stuff!

I call myself a 'Re-artist'. I love working with found objects and creating beautiful art from what others would throw away without a second thought...old metal headboards used as garden fences, painted wooden chairs hung as colorful plant holders, yard sculptures made from old pots and jewelry made from empty liquor bottles.

I say 're-artist' as opposed to 'artist' because when i look at an empty canvas, i don't see or feel anything...I have no idea what to do with it but when i see a broken pot or scrap of fabric, then i can envision so many things to do with it that sometimes I can't decide which idea to go with and it takes me forever to finish. I can't seem to Act, only RE-Act.

I started making the jewelry back in 2006 while living in Cleveland, Ohio. My 'happily' married life took a totally unexpected turn and I moved into an old house in an old neighborhood. It was really rough being alone in that kind of neighborhood; they broke into my home 11 times that first winter...even stole my refrigerator!

The second break-in, they took my copper plumbing. My not-yet-ex husband got the cold water running but couldn't come back to finish the hot water...'showering' for work every day from a pot of water heated on the stove isn't fun.

Asking lots of questions and watching closely to what he did, I was able to finish the job myself and let me tell you, you'll never appreciate running water until you've had to go without it for a couple weeks...and that was my introduction to soldering.

At this point, I had to create SOMETHING to keep my sanity but my fabric studio was still packed away (see my other studio, www.jacqm.etsy.com). However, I had all this glass from my broken windows lying around, so I started making pendants from the irregularly shaped shards. After that, it was a small step to colorful liquor bottles from the restaurant I waitressed at. With a lot of experimenting and trial and error, I finally came up with the styles you see here.

And yes, I am totally self taught so all the mistakes and imperfections are come at by my own blood, sweat and tears--literally. It's been a long road and i'm still amazed how these bits of glass have taken me from street fairs to 'fine art' galleries where i am trying to feel more comfortable.

My newest additions/addictions are making adorable little cake/desert display stands made from orphaned china, and I've gone back to my first love of sewing and I'm making upcycled clothing-check out the flirty little ruffled skirts I make from tshirts! I buy almost all my supplies from Goodwill, which is a wonderful organization that helps people in need, so when you buy my art, you are helping to help others less fortunate (other than me, of course ;).

I hope you enjoy looking through my shop and will want to buy your own piece of my story!

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