i’m still jealous of cassandra smith

Beaver pelts, sequins, deer antlers, old axes, neon rope? Yep, these are the art supplies of Milwaukee based artist Cassandra Smith. All of the objects that she works with are found, and then manipulated in her own special, brightly colored, beautifully patterned way! Everything included here is part of Cassandra’s current show, titled “Out of the Wild” that is hanging, until June 1 2013, at Sky High Gallery {curated by the uber-creative Faythe Levine}. Here is Cassandra’s description of this work:

“My work  is about manipulations and transformation. It is about exploring the ways that I can enhance and change found objects to give them something they did not have in their former life. I find a certain beauty in imposing my aesthetic, specifically color and pattern, onto natural or worn objects. I am fascinated by the dichotomy between organic and geometric shapes, the contrast between natural and synthetic. I strive to enhance these objects while respecting the inherent qualities that drew me to them in the first place.”

comments (19)

  1. Morgan /// 05.06.2013 /// 6:48pm

    I’m not sure it can get much aesthetically better than this.

  2. allie kelley /// 05.06.2013 /// 7:53pm

    yep. she rocks!

  3. Jörg /// 05.06.2013 /// 9:43pm

    I really like those knots, and – I can’t help – also the axes. They look really great and make me feel like I want to camping out of a sudden… 🙂

  4. knots of colour « plenty of colour /// 05.07.2013 /// 12:38pm

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  5. Nina Diecidue /// 05.08.2013 /// 6:26am

    Just love your bright colors…especially the deer antlers.

  6. Travis Braun /// 05.18.2013 /// 6:05pm

    Beautiful collection of work you have here.

    My name is Travis Braun. I am a rock n roll poster artist and I just launched my first Kickstarter campaign “50 Rock n Roll Posters”. I was wondering if you would be interested in highlighting my project. If so I would be willing to send you a free print. Here is a link to my project


    Thanks for your time and consideration,

  7. the jealous curator /// 05.20.2013 /// 7:11am

    cool! thanks travis – i’ll go take a closer look : )

  8. callie /// 07.08.2013 /// 2:27pm

    are the string volleyballs homemade?

  9. the jealous curator /// 07.08.2013 /// 5:48pm


  10. callie /// 07.09.2013 /// 7:13am

    can you briefly explain how to make them?

  11. the jealous curator /// 07.09.2013 /// 11:47am

    i have no idea ; ) you’ll have to ask cassandra! : ) info@cassandra-smith.com

  12. Kristin /// 07.18.2013 /// 1:12pm

    Love Cassandra’s work but the monkey’s fist is my favourite piece.

  13. Liza /// 09.20.2013 /// 8:37am

    I want to know how to make these roof volleyballs!

  14. Amanda Mosely /// 01.02.2014 /// 6:26pm

    I would love to know how to make the volleyball necklaces. I am a high school coach and would love one and probably my team.

  15. the jealous curator /// 01.02.2014 /// 9:16pm

    you’ll have to ask cassandra… they’re her secret ; )

  16. Christina Linnenbrink /// 04.02.2014 /// 9:20am

    How do you do the knot things in different colors?

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  18. valerie /// 07.25.2015 /// 2:12am

    much of this art looks to be culturally appropriative :/

  19. Harry /// 11.28.2015 /// 1:01am

    Omg they are so cool you need to put a video on YouTube on how to make them by the way my name is Harry I’m a really big fan of yours