When Life Gives You Lint - Here's What To Do
Laura Bell of Roscommon, Michigan used lint from her dryer to make a 14' by 4' reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper.
The AP reports:
The people at Ripley's Believe It Or Not! were so impressed they bought it for their collection. According to their press release, Bell started her masterpiece in 2009 and it took some experimenting to get it just right:
She took on this project to enter into a Grand Rapids art contest called Art Prize. The lure of the grand prize — $250,000 — kept her going through the months. (See my former blog post: The Numbers Are In And Art Prize Wins)
Sadly, she lost, but says she learned a lot about herself in the process of the making this piece. "I learned that I do have great patience," she said. Just on Philip the apostle, she spent 40 to 50 hours and she had to wait a long time to find towels that were just the right color orange.
Bell is not an artist, she's quick to note. She's a home health aid. Her kids, she said, thought she was crazy when she started doing this, but then as the piece started to come together, they became 'believers.'
In my fifteen years as an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, I saw my fair share of unusual items, but "lint art paintings" were not among them.
But, wait - come to think about it, I believe someone did a portrait of Johnny Carson in belly button lint. Ripley's, if you are wondering, has several other "lint art paintings" - I wonder if that masterpiece is also among them and, if so, any guesses how much it's worth?