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Then and Now: Iconic Paintings and Portraits Recreated Using Found Objects

While people typically throw away the random bits and pieces they find at home, a UK-based artist apparently found them perfect for making her own colorful renditions of some famous paintings and portraits!

“I am a ‘re-maker’, taking inspiration from found objects and working them into something new,” says UK-based artist Jane Perkins about herself on her website. Indeed, random objects like buttons, toys, beads, and other plastic bits and pieces take on a new and totally different form once she’s done putting them together.

Inspired by headdresses from Ecuador (which she described as “decorated with a bizarre mixture of found objects”), Perkins began using found objects such as coins, dolls, and plastic toys to make hand-stitched jewelry for her degree thesis on Art and Design from Recycled Materials. Then, after amassing a collection of materials that were too big to use for making brooches, she had an idea to use them to make portraits.

It all started with a copy of Portrait with Green Stripe by Henri Matisse. now, Perkins has a series called Plastic Classics showcasing her impressive textured recreations of famous portraits and paintings — from iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol, The Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry, and Albert Einstein, to classic paintings by Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring_), Da Vinci (Mona Lisa_), Klimt (The Kiss), Van Gogh (Sunflowers), and Botticelli (The Birth of Venus).

Don’t forget to visit Jane Perkins’ Website to find out more about her and her work!

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