Chattanooga, TN (PRWEB) January 23, 2009
This winter Stray Dog Designs introduces an enchanting wonderland of papier mache flowers, weeds, and wild vegetation in tabletop sculptures, mirrors, lamps, stools, tables, and decorative accessories created by designer Jane Gray. All are environmentally friendly - colored with low VOC paints, and made primarily from recycled cement bags.
"I like weeds because they're the only thing I can grow successfully," says Gray.
But when it comes to papier mache, Jane definitely has a green thumb. Her garden brims with beautiful blooms - even those raging weeds you battle look tempting.
Three exquisite Flower Studies - Nasturtium, Poppy, and Lily of the Valley - brighten up the dark of winter, with no water required. Or, for a wilder, untamed look, choose a Weed Study. Flowers or weeds, Jane captures their essence so well you can almost see them sway in the breeze and strain toward the sun.
Then she turns that fabulous foliage into lamps. You'll feel like Alice in Wonderland as you flick on a delightful Weed Floor Lamp - a breathtaking light sprouting from a weed patch 50 inches high.
Leafy, flowering Vines in 3 varieties wind around unsightly fixtures, wander up the banister, or drape across the mantel. One even coils around the base of a stunning new floor lamp named Carol.
Jane likes her vines "raw," or unpainted. It gives them better flexibility so they twine more freely. And left in their natural kraft paper brown color you can see some of the bluish markings of the recycled cement bags used to make them. "I love the organic look and the contrast of delicate vegetation created from really sturdy materials," says Gray.
There are mirrors framed by woodland flowers and twigs, leafy legged accent tables, weed wrapped stools, and a decorative bowl lined with the wily things.
It's all papier mache, handmade from recycled materials by artisans in Haiti making a living wage. Each piece is available "raw", in sophisticated winter white, sleek black, or welcome spring early and choose from a lovely array of colors -- cool, watery tones to warm, sunny hues - all in low VOC paints. A portion of every sale is donated to charity.
Jane's recent spate of garden influenced designs probably stems from a bit of guilt. Her mother has arranged flowers in their church for ages, and recently the Church Flower Guild asked Jane to participate as well. But she confessed, "I had to turn them down because of my propensity for weed growing - it just didn't seem right."
But in papier mache Jane is a master gardener. Her magical wonderland of plants and flowers will charm and enchant throughout the winter and well beyond.