As Luck Would Have It

A welcome break this week, a delicious dinner with smart and funny women. Our hostess has a wonderful apartment and every time I am there I find small additions, not the stuff of boast and bluff, but really personal things that delight.
This time, in addition to a new snappy, red bar and a remarkable book stand, was this small piece of art in the living room. A girl, what, doing a card trick? Playing solitaire? It matters not as her message is so enchanting with the shift of a lever. “You are amazing.” Could there be a better surprise?

The creation of Ann Wood and Dean Lucker, these mechanical drawings charm and amuse.

The two attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and have been creating collaborative works since 1990.

You can see their work here and on Etsy here.

The pieces are incredibly reasonable; I feel the return on your investment would be ten fold.
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11 thoughts on “As Luck Would Have It

  1. oh my goodness! my mom bought one of these mechanical pictures at an arts and crafts fair. she is a reader too, so I'm sure she will comment at some point. the one she can be seen at this link –

    it's the first one, called Trust, with a girl in a white dress whose arm moves to reveal the word "trust" hidden behind her hand. I love the charm and the whimsy of these works. they remind me of 19th century folk art.

  2. Hello. Thank you for your posting. We are all more fragile at times than we'd like to admit or show. We are encouraged, and we encourage others, to put on a "game face" and continue on with life. It is embarassing, humbling, and scary to witness undisguised need in others. At any given moment, what do we have within us to offer a stranger in need? Hope, comfort, and compassion start at, "Hello."

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