Pearle Northrop

Artist Statement
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started taking what I do seriously and it took even longer to consider myself an artist. I love to paint whatever I can get my hands on from things as small as a Scrabble® piece to as big as a dresser and hopefully even bigger someday. Whatever it is I will paint it. I love transforming trash into treasure literally. Imagine that a chair that came from a dumpster (2006) made it into a museum (2009). It blows me away to think that something I did creates a sense of awe in a viewer’s eye.
I was talking to a friend a few years back about my love for furniture, my relationship with chairs in particular. There was a chair that I found discarded and ultimately forgotten. I came upon this chair accidentally. I wasn't looking for a relationship. Anyway, the chair was a very handsome chair with so many things to look at. His back was decorative; his arms were long and lean. His legs...I have never seen such beautiful legs. But he was beaten down. His self-esteem had long been worn out. His seat, which was repeatedly upholstered over years, was torn and faded. His stuffing was busting out revealing his age and loss of pride. Me, being a care taker and rescuer of sorts....picked up the chair and brought it home. He sat at the top of the stairs for a few weeks in a corner. My friends however saw this chair and commented on how ugly he was. They wondered why I had him in my home commenting on how dirty he was and how unattractive he was due to the years of neglect. I ignored them and kept him around. Finally one day I decided to put him on my coffee table and take the layers of cloth and wool stuffing off of his seat. Then I cleaned him, primed him and painted him black. Three months later I sat back and looked at him and this is what I saw.....A chair, a man restored...but not only restored but given a whole new purpose. He was beautiful again. He was unique and wonderful....The same chair that my friends were grossed out now a chair that they ask permission to touch. Amazing.....One thing is for certain...NOTHING STAYS THE SAME! Change is inevitable and what is ugly or dirty or discarded as trash can be saved, can be rescued and can be made shinier than new!
Taking discarded forgotten pieces and giving them their self-esteem back is a passion for me. Living in a world where we discard things so easily I’d like to think I am making an itty bitty difference.
Pearle Northrop

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gift Certificates

Just recently I decided to make Gift Certificates available.
I am offering them in four amounts:
$25, $50, $75 & $100
They can be purchsed directly through me or
through my Etsy shop.

Gift certificates are a great way to give my art as a gift and can be used on absolutely anything in my Etsy Shop.

Gift Certificates can be used towards custom or made to order pieces as well.
Gift Certificates are available 4 different amounts and can be custom ordered in the amount of your choice.

*Upon receipt of payment I will email you the Gift
Certificate information for your records.

* I will mail you a paper certificate in the amount you purchased via USPS. Please feel free to submit either your own mailing address or the recipient's. Instructions on how to redeem the certificate will be provided but are also at the bottom of this listing.
If you would like the certificate mailed directly to your recipient, please include his or her name and address in the "message to seller" field at time of purchase. We can include a short little love note/message at no charge.

*This gift certificate is valid ONLY in my Pearle's Pretty Pieces Etsy shop, and it is only redeemable here.

*Each Gift Certificate has it's own unique code, which appears on each Gift Certificate.

*Pearle's Pretty Pieces Gift Certificates do not expire.

*Pearle's Pretty Pieces Gift Certificate balances do carry over.

*There is no 'handling fee' on Pearle's Pretty Pieces Gift will not be penalized for using

*Gift Certificates are Not Refundable or Redeemable
for Cash.

*Any balance over and above the amount of the Gift
Certificate will be due and owed by the user, and payable
via PayPal.

*Gift Certificate amounts can be used towards
shipping costs.
HOW make purchases using a Gift Certificate
The recipient of the Gift Certificate will shop as normal in my shop.
They choose their items and when they are finished they go to check out.
At Check out ....they choose "other" as the form of payment.
Simply enter the Certificate Code in Note to seller w/ the amount of the card.
If recipient goes over the amount I will email a Paypal Invoice with the amount due.
Items will be shipped USPS as soon as payment in full is received.
Make sure you keep your receipts w/ each purchase.