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Delaware Fun-A-Day 2017

I often let my enthusiasm overtake my practicality. Such as a few weeks ago when I brashly signed up for the Delaware Fun-A-Day art event, a busy September of making a small piece of art every day to be exhibited at the Delaware Contemporary in October.

DE Fun A Day Logo

My theme is “Recycled junk art assemblage on wood”. I’ll be making some more of my assemblage flowers on wood panel, similar to the large Differential Bloom painting I finished earlier this year. These, however, will be much smaller and, perforce, simpler in design. After all, I have to make 30 of them!

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

DE Fun-A-Day, Day 4, Stack of Boards Ready to Be Painted

Delaware Fun-A-Day Details

  • Over 180 participants will be presenting their work at a giant group show at The Delaware Contemporary on October 6-8, 2017
  • Opening Night is Friday October 6 from 5pm-9pm
  • Additional hours to view the art on Saturday Oct 7 from 10am-5pm and Sunday Oct 8 from 12pm-5pm
  • The Delaware Contemporary is located on 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Free admission & plenty of free parking!
  • Go to www.delawarefunaday.com for more

Here’s a gallery of my work. Follow as I progress day by day! I’ll post new photos [almost] every day.

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2017 Contemporary Gala Art Auction at the Delaware Contemporary

On Saturday, March 25th, the Delaware Contemporary held their Contemporary Gala which they described as “an exciting and elegant evening of music, auctions, and unconventional entertainment. Proceeds from the event support our exhibitions and education programs. Artists will have their work featured in our Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space gallery for an audience of art enthusiasts and collectors.”

2017 Contemporary Gala, DE Contemporary

2017 Contemporary Gala, DE Contemporary

I entered a recently finished piece called Differential Bloom that is assemblage on wood panel, seen below.

Differential Bloom, Assemblage on Wood Panel, Trilby Works

Differential Bloom, Assemblage on Wood Panel, 12″ x 36″

My piece sold! Yay. Thanks to the new owner – I hope you enjoy it for many years.

Here are some close-ups of the flowers:

Differential Bloom, detail of copper flower

Differential Bloom, detail of copper flower

Differential Bloom, detail of silver flower

Differential Bloom, detail of silver flower

Differential Bloom, detail of bronze and gold flower

Differential Bloom, detail of bronze and gold flower

My Memento Mori Painting Sold at the Oddporium

I paid my first visit to that “Gallery of the Peculiar and the Bizarre,” the Oddporium, on Marsh Road in Arden. Wow! I happened to have my kids with me and we spent quite a while exploring the weird and wonderful finds that owners Ken Schuler and Beth Ann Busch have collected and displayed. Some of the unique oddities include:

vintage embalming fluid bottles • a one-eyed pig in a jar • mourning pins • cabinet cards • medical tools • creepy photographs • old dolls • a real human skeleton • an embalmed cobra • old skulls, bones, and teeth • insects mounted in shadowboxes

The Oddporium not only carries objects suitable for a cabinet of curiosities, but also sells original artwork from local artists. I quickly discovered my new favorite artist, Gus Fink. I took photos of my two favorite pieces, as seen below.

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

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While there, I asked Ken if he thought my painting, Memento Mori #1, would be suitable for consignment at his shop. He said yes so we started the paperwork.

Memento Mori #1, detail

Memento Mori #1, detail


Just as we were finishing up, an interesting fellow came in and bought the painting! I was so shocked. But I was also really happy that someone else in the world like this painting since my husband hates it. (When I asked him to hang it up on the wall he said, “You mean right here where someone can see it?!”)

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Now, off to create more in this series. Sorry, husband, you’ll be seeing more of these soon.

I Heart Bots: Robot Love

I don’t know why I like robots so much. Not real ones – they kind of freak me out. Although I am somewhat fond of the benign little Roomba that circles our house, sucking up cat fur and cracker crumbs. No, the ones I really love are the found object robots made from household junk.

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I Heart Bots

A robot is defined as

  1. a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer
  2. a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically (especially in science fiction)
  3. a person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner

The word comes from the Czech word robota, meaning ‘forced labor,’ and was first used in 1920. Synonyms for robot are: automaton, android, golem, droid.

Follow Trilby Works’s board I Heart Bots: Robots Rule! on Pinterest.

Found objects robots are a new popular modern art genre created from combined and often modified found objects resulting in a recognizable figured piece in the form of a robot. The phrase found object originates from the French term objet trouvé, literally “found object.” Found objects can include any item with a non-art function like tin cans, old tools, household recyclables, kitchen utensils, vintage toys and games, automotive parts, and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

Here’s an Etsy Treasury I made of colorful, happy robots of all shapes and sizes!

The Long Cold Hand of Winter

In January and February, when winter’s frigid claws strangle my creativity, I struggle to appreciate the beauty of the season. This Etsy Treasury lends inspiration!

I also have a Pinterest page by the same name:

Follow Trilby Works’s board The Long Cold Hand of Winter on Pinterest.

Etsy Treasury Tuesday: Delaware Moods

Yay, Delaware! We may be the smallest state, but we have a lot to offer, including beautiful landscapes and cool goods. Check out some of them below:

One of my favorite Delaware photographers is Eric Zippe. Here’s a screen shot of his Etsy shop, featuring my favorite print: Osage Orange.

Eric Zippe Photography Screen Shot from Etsy Shop

Eric Zippe Photography Screen Shot from Etsy Shop

If you’re a local Delawarean, you can find Eric’s art at the Bellefonte Arts Gallery. I really need to get in there and buy this print!

Getting Creative at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts

Last Sunday my family had a wonderful time exploring the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts here in Wilmington. It was one of the museum’s Free Family Sundays with a theme of Build it Better.

2016-01-17 At DCCA 10

2016-01-17 At DCCA 10

There were two work areas set up for kids to make their own art that my crew gravitated to immediately. The first was set up on a long table set with empty glass bottles, yarn, glue, scraps of paper, and scissors.

2016-01-17 At DCCA 1, cropped

2016-01-17 At DCCA 1, cropped

The idea was to make something with the items at hand. We came up with a sort of stringy octopus creature using yarn to cover the bottle, some bottle caps for eyes, and a yarn mouth.

2016-01-17 At DCCA 5

2016-01-17 At DCCA 5

The second station had sheets of newspaper and tape – that’s it!! – and people were rolling up the paper into tight, long tubes and taping them to other tight, long tubes to create open, airy architectural structures – neat! My gang made a “swing set”, which definitely needed an explanatory label attached to it for identification purposes, lol.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon. I recommend it for anyone living in the Delaware area.

Kooky Creatures and Maniacal Monsters

I love creatures and monsters and have made a bunch of them in recent years. Some have turned out pretty well, despite my pathetic sewing skills. Here are two of my latest. Both are made from patterns in books.

Striped Sweater Plush Monster

Striped Sweater Plush Monster

Pinky the Plush Horned Monster

Pinky the Plush Horned Monster

Monster Inspiration

Check out my Pinterest board for a smorgasbord of the best hand-made monsters and creatures around!


Butterfly Pixie House

I’ve completed my Butterfly Pixie House, made from a recycled plastic creamer container and an aluminum foil and paper towel roof. I think it’s so cute! “Why can’t fairies live here?”, my husband wanted to know. I have no idea! It’s just a pixie house.

Butterfly Pixie House by Trilby Works

Butterfly Pixie House by Trilby Works

I’ll be creating a tutorial on how to make this little house soon.

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I’ve finished my fairy house door tutorial. You can see it here.

Fairy House Doors Tutorial Graphic

Fairy House Doors Tutorial Graphic

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Finally, I’ve started my Bark Fairy House. I filched a tree slice from my husband’s carving stash to use as a base and glued upright some thick pieces of bark that I had found in the back yard. The E-6000 I was using did not seem strong enough so I added some adhesive grout around the base (that’s the white stuff in the photo).

Bark Fairy Play House Started

Bark Fairy Play House Started

My idea is to make this into a fairy doll play house for my daughter but who knows if this will turn out okay.

My Sorrowful Sister Doll Published in Art Doll Quarterly

I entered the “Mothers and Daughters” reader challenge held by Art Doll Quarterly and was happily surprised that my doll was chosen for publication. Shocked, really, because my doll isn’t exactly sweet or sentimental.

Below is the cover of the magazine: (love that pixie!)

Art Doll Quarterly Spring 2015

Art Doll Quarterly Spring 2015

Here is the doll:

Sorrowful Sister Art Doll by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Sorrowful Sister Art Doll

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