Weird Homes Tour – Austin
In Upper Boggy Creek, you will find the home of found-object artist Barbara Irwin. Barbara has made a career of transforming castaway items into unique works of art. Her home stands a found-object gallery, literally filled with works of art, from doll heads, to machine bits and bobs, to bird cages. With her art, she wants to inspire you to find the beauty in ordinary objects.
In Barbara’s words, “when we learn to realize the uniqueness and beauty in everything, then we can understand that nothing is ever ordinary.”
Barbara hasn’t always been an artist though. She has taken turns at being an interior designer, a Montessori teacher, and a herbalist. She even built a 42-foot trimaran sailboat and sailed it from Texas to Hawaii! It was not until she was in her forties that she actually considered putting art out into the world and today she is one of Austin’s most beloved artists.
She will be missed.