Saturday, April 14, 2007

Warrenton/Round Top {Part 2} The Fields

"JUNKHUNT.07" was the official title of the mission that Urban Prairie's Chris Brown and D'Ette Cole from Etta Industry set out on. The location? Warrenton, Texas. The starting point? CLUTTER.

D'ette Cole and Shirley Schwantz started CLUTTER 12 years ago. Eager to pursue larger scale projects and work in a broader, more far reaching design arena, D'Ette recently announced her departure from Clutter. {More on this in Part 3}...This was the obvious place to kick everything off.

The first stop, the Mushroom Man. Richard Taylor of Flat Earth Designs has earned the nickname "Mushroom Man" for one obvious reason - he produces some of the most amazing, realistic concrete mushrooms I've ever seen. His attention to color and detail is truly inspiring.

Out in the Bar W field, Chris is drawn to objects and collections in his favorite color palette.

In the blue bonnet field,under a huge white tent with straw on the ground the hunt turns to Becky and Yur's 22nd/2nd Street warehouse. Beautiful things, old and new, perfect for a Urban Prairie lifestyle.

Layers of color, dirt, rust and tatter excite the eye.

Glenda and Jim Ballentine come from Nebraska and set up their tent in the Blue Bonnet field. D'Ette says "They are my secret source for stacks and stacks of old ticking pillows and wonderful smalls. Every show I make a beeline to them first. Plus they're just delightful people."

More cool finds...

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the blue bonnet field. Treasures, collections and oddities were gathered up. Among many things, Chris came away with a vintage softball collection {pictured above} while D'Ette grabbed up every possible thing with 5 on it, her favorite number.

Photos by D'ette Cole.


kansasrose said...

Awesome stuff! Beautiful photos from D'Ette. I love the old bottles and clothespins, the Mushroom Man's mushrooms, the Jesus statue. Heck, I love it all. You should see my old rusted stock tank I "found" at Dh's Mom's farm. I'll take a pic for my blog today of it. Gonna fill it with dirt and grow tomatoes in it. Thanks for the nice comment on my old farmstead pic.

Anonymous said...

How can I find the Mushroom Man?!
His work is wonderful----I've got to get some of those mushrooms!
Thanks----the pics are great!

PresentPast Collection said...

Lovin' these photos! I have got to get myself to Texas, along with a big, big trailer! Thanks for the tour!

oldflowers4me said...

dear chris, many thanks to you and all your photos, im crying just looking at everything, the things that you have over seas are just fantastic, not like australia, love jo.

kristin said...

J'adore tous ces objets hétéroclites,
un régal pour les passionnés de bric-à-brac où l'on rencontre très souvent des objets inattendus et des trésors pour des yeux initiés !

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