When I was 7 years old, my parents gave me a small pond. There I built villages. Clam shells became carriages pulled by delicate twig ponies. Horsetail grass became the logs for moss-roofed cabins while tiny birch bark canoes bobbed beside lily pad docks. And after a bad storm, I got to start my pond village all over again, complete with new houses, new characters and new stories.
After illustrating two children's books, I decided to focus on home interiors. I am passionate about architecture and decorating details. I love entering a space that tells a story -- a space that tells me who lives there.
Upon buying a newer home, I noticed long, skinny rectangular metal grilles high on the walls. They were heating and cooling (HVAC) cold air returns. While painted so as to "blend in", they were still an eyesore!
So I illustrated some HVAC air return grilles for my home* ... then for some friends' homes ... then I began designing grilles just for the fun of it.
Eventually I revised each of the designs so they could also function as wall hooks.
Please visit www.chambers-arts.com to see more. You just might see something that helps to tell your story!
* Dragonfly and Water Lilies covers the HVAC in our family room. A detail is at the top of this page. It is cut from birch and hand painted with water colors.
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© Jill Chambers 2013