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Telling stories with found objects

"The Importance of Ancestors" by Cindy La Ferle. Collage on canvas with old book cover, frame, and vintage fabric remnants. This piece is featured in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors 

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Cindy La Ferle. This altered box was inspired by the Ray Bradbury novel of the same title -- one of my favorite books. It includes vintage toy wheels, carnival doll, hardware, and other vintage found objects.

"Becoming" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered greeting card box with vintage costume jewelry and various found objects. The back of this piece is embellished with a copy of May Sarton's poem, "Now I Become Myself," one of my favorite poems. (Top photo: interior of box)

"Damn Everything but the Circus" by Cindy La Ferle. Inspired by the e.e. cummings poem of the same title, this piece was made from an altered children's board book and found objects.
"Magic Show" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered key box on vintage candlestick, vintage doll, and other found objects.

"Renaissance Woman" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered children's board book with old picture frame, sewing notions, costume jewelry and other vintage found objects.


"Nature: A Tribute to Thoreau" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered vintage field guide with twigs, feathers, and other natural elements and found objects.

"The Chemistry of Memory" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered vintage chemistry set with found objects.

"Remember" by Cindy La Ferle. Mixed-media assemblage with found objects.

"Cycles of the Muse" by Cindy La Ferle. Collage with broken picture frame, Botticelli's Venus cut-out, metal scraps, costume jewelry and other found objects.

"The Problem with Conformity" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered box with found objects.

"Fairy Tale" by Cindy La Ferle. Altered scotch whiskey box with Victorian leather photo album cover. This piece won First Prize in Anton Art Center's XLI Michigan Annual show (Jan. 2014) and is featured in The Oakland Press. To read about how it was made, click here.


"Self Portrait with Found Objects" by Cindy La Ferle. A vintage photo of me (from the 1970s) with a variety of found objects. Since I was born in Detroit, I used a lot of scrap metal in this one.


  1. Congratulations Cindy! You've created a wonderful place to share your art.

    1. Sharon, thank you, and I'm honored that you like it. I'm looking forward to watching your progress on the quilt, too!


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