Shannon Berrey

Stick a cork in it

Monday, March 05, 2012

I'm fairly certain my wine cork collection isn't at 9,000, as of yet. But, this is how many I would need to create a cork portrait like those created by Scott Gundersen. I will continue collecting, as I would love to try my hand at one of these!

Scott first enlarges his photograph of his subject to use as reference. Then, he sketches it out with a pencil creating the shadows and details.


   He collects and sorts all of his corks according to their variation in color and tone. After they are all stacked, exposing the ends, he gets to work 'painting' the canvas by gluing them tightly to each other, matching the color of each cork to his photo.

A mere 50 hours later and his 66" x 96" masterpiece of Grace, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who, Gundersen states, “came to fully embody her name, shared her story and regained her smile,” is complete!


The incredible patience and his insane attention to detail is so impressive.


He uses his art as a way of bringing attention to the importance of recycling and sustainability. 

If you want to watch all 50 hours of Scott in action, condensed into in an impressive 4 and a half minutes, then take a look at this video: 

Grace. A wine cork portrait. from Scott Gundersen on Vimeo.

{all images via Scott Gundersen}

Giant paper flowers

Thursday, March 01, 2012


I'm working on a project that will be installed in late summer. I want to incorporate some large papermache flowers of some sort. My inspiration comes from the fabulous work of Stray Dog Designs.



{gold leafed!!}





And you may remember this flower floor lamp that I used {from Stray Dog Designs} in the showhouse. It came painted in one solid color, but I repainted it with several colors to live a little happier in this space.



{shannon berrey design}

These pieces are not inexpensive because they are handmade. I have always been intrigued with trying my hand at making them myself. Just yesterday, I was putting together my inspiration board for the summer project and again found myself trying to work out how I would attempt to recreate these. Imagine my excitement when I found this post on Design Sponge this morning!!


How beautiful are these?! {and don't get me started on that dress!}

They have a fabulous tutorial from Ruche on how to make these and now I am even more antsy to give these a go!  Wouldn't these be gorgeous for a bridal shower, or a sweet little girls dance recital or in a many possibilities! 



images 1-5 via stray dog designs / 6-7 via design sponge

Note to self

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith... 









** all images from the talented Roz of RozArt on etsy. You can even commission your own family taking the leap!!** 


Custom Controller

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


If you have a pre-teen/teenager, then it's very likely that you also have an X-Box.



I really know very little about this game, but my son, on the other hand, is a pro. He has several controllers {pictured above} and brought one to me over the weekend with a request to give it a little facelift. I was surprised, but excited--anytime I can cover something in spray paint is a good day. Agreed? {or is it just me?!}

Jack took it all apart-- I can give no instruction on how to do that. After he had it apart, I sanded all the pieces with a sanding block. A sanding block is flexible and makes it easy to get in all the little curves. The plastic is slick and sanding roughs it up a little, allowing the paint to stick.     

Metallic Gold was his color choice. It took several very light coats making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies.


There were lots of little buttons and other parts that were originally gray or white. He chose to turn these bright orange.  

{Not sure why, but I don't have any pics of the 'orange step'}

After he put it all back together, he was super excited about it.


A custom controller! Pretty snazzy, right?


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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