Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Bottle Garden

Repurposing Recycled Glass Bottles with Paint & Playful Imagination.
Giving Glass a Second Life as Fanciful & Functional Artsy Homewares.

Artist: Mollie Doyle
Expertise: Crafting
Additional Talents: Graphic Design
Materials: Recycled Glass Bottles, Glass Cutter, Sander, Hand Cut Stencils, Paint
Style: Negative Images - Simple & Crisp
Inspiration: The Infinitely Useful Bottle in Every Shape & Form
Subject Matter: Plants - Flowers, Grass, Leaves / Animals & Insects / Mermaids
Common Creations: Oil & Vinegar Bottles, Soap Dispensers, Ring Dishes
Vases, Spice Jars, Candle Holders & Votives
Online Shop: [Etsy]
Social Media: [Facebook]
Home Base: Austin, TX
Spotted At: Austin Flea 2014
Austin Crafter Mollie Doyle is masterful at making functional art that looks simple and beautiful, despite the actual number of steps in her process. What starts as a plain glass bottle results in something you can use and display with pleasing color and pattern. Mollie hand cuts stencils to leave a negative image of anything from leaves and flowers to butterflies and marine life. With her level care and attention to detail, each image is crisp and clean, artfully offset from the glass with fun colors of paint. Some of her work leaves clear glass where the cut out was and others feature a second shade of paint shining through. What a clever idea to upcycle something as abundant and multi-purpose as the glass bottle! Even more clever is the wide range of new uses that Mollie has come up with thus far: Dispensers, Vases, Ring Dishes, Spice Jars and more.

Thanks to the never ending array of glass bottles in need of being reused and variety of cutouts handmade by this artist herself, every work is one-of-a-kind. She is happy to produce custom orders as well. Mollie's creations look great on their own or in a group. This artist has a characteristic color palette of yellows, blues, reds and greens, among other pleasing shades. Find the graphic and hue that suits you or mix and match colors and designs to display together. Mollie proves that good ideas can come from anywhere, even if the original project you set out to tackle is vastly different from the end result. Undoubtedly her work will continue to evolve as she perfects her unique process, but she has definitely found a fun niche in the crafting community!

Photographs by Annie Winsett