Their subject is movies. With a wide variety of films in mind, Irwin and Boswell recycle lamps from thrift stores and from those that are donated to them. Then, they design lampshades and lamp bases that feature themes and scenes from movies.
The two are new to the crafts field but say they are excited to try their luck in attracting browsers and buyers. They invite everyone to see their exhibit, “Past to Present Lighting” at Booth 131.
They’ve learned a lot while developing their craft. “Starting out with photo negatives placed around the shades was fun, but using the movie trailers we ordered worked even better,” Irwin said. She selects the movies to enhance the outer shade of each lamp while Boswell, whose career has been carpentry, re-wires the lamps, places new fixtures in them, drills holes in the shades to secure the film, and creates the bases.
“It’s been an adventure, for sure,” he said. “In a short few months we’ve come up with a house full of lamps.”
Slides provide the visuals for at least one lamp -- the shade representing the theme of churches in the 1950s recalls the time when slides were used. Regardless of the medium used, the lamps become conversation pieces, and they cast dramatic reflections on a wall in a room without other lighting. In a bright daytime setting, the lamps have the potential to draw the viewer in to name the movie featured.
In the lamp line-up, children will relate to “The Rescuers,” a Walt Disney 1977 production, “Babe, The Gallant Pig”(1995), to “Pinocchio”(this version is from the first Technicolor release) and to “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon,” released this past summer. The latter centers on a mysterious event from the earth’s past, which suddenly re-appears in the present. The 1989 release of “Phantom of the Opera” has its place in the exhibit, too.
The project has turned into a family affair. Malachi, the youngster in the house, is up on current movies, and has put in his request. “Trains,” Irwin commented. “That’s his big interest. We’re looking at that next.”
The prices will range from $30 to $120. Booth 131 is located near the intersection of Choccolocco and Dewey Streets.