From the ridiculous to the sublime

May 27, 2013

When the bases arrived through my tin pipeline, I wasn’t sure. Yeah, I thought, they’re fun…in a kind of embarrassing way. The question was how to redeem a cliche.

After ignoring the issue for awhile, within a short space of time I stumbled on a number of different straw coolie hats at estate sales and thrift stores. Having successfully used a similar hat on one of my own lamps, I knew they could make good shades. And that gave me the answer.


One cliche is merely trite. An agglomeration of them can be happily ridiculous. But the right number, in the right arrangement, might be profound.

For more information, visit my Etsy shop.

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