MOBILE CONSTRUCTION


Stainless Steel:  for the arms.
Colored Plastic
(for most): for bases and petals
Available Materials: plastic, plywood, brushed metal, aluminum, copper and brass, eva foam, driftwood, chells, rocks, anything really.


My designs are original like no other, each made one at a time just for you.  All pieces are hand signed by me and year made, name stamped into plastic (rollover right photo for close up view). Please note that all of my mobiles and stabiles are handmade of eco-friendly colored plastics for the petals and stabile bases (plastic manufactured in Germany) and beautiful shiny stainless steel (USA).

Every mobile is made by hand one at a time, and not mass produced or computer laser cut. Each petal piece is chosen by hand, cut, hand sanded and beveled (edges of the plastic) and then buffed to a shine (my husband Brian "the master polisher" helps with this part). Polishing the edges takes time and with skilled expertise, resulting in fine artisian quality craftmanship, made by hand, one at a time, and never mass produced. I hand drill holes, hand form all stainless steel rods, cutting and balancing all by hand,matching exact measurements to one of my designed artworks.

My plastic and stainless steel combination is perfect indoors or out - they are rust free and weather durable. Note: the color red is the only plastic color that is sensitive to full direct sunlight ...it will fade slightly in 3 years to a grey. I offer 21 custom colors for you to choose from. Note every computer sees colors slightly different.The numbers on the chart correlate with PMS(pantone chip charts).

Need help deciding... just ask!
I love to mock up ideas, send me a photo of the room to add a mobile to. Every mobile or stabile is able to be colorized even resized to match your room's decor. So feel free to ask for anything you are thinking, smaller, larger, different designs ideas, etc.  See examples of my work in clients homes and businesses. See > Client Photos. Interested in licensing a Julie Frith mobile or one of her photos? Show the art of balance, or use one in your next advertising campaign. Talk to Julie for all details!

Word Definitions from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Mobile
moábile Pronunciation: 'mO-"bEl
Function: noun : a construction or sculpture frequently of wire and sheet metal shapes with parts that can be set in motion by air currents; also: a similar structure (as of paper or plastic) suspended so that it moves in a current of air.

Stabile
staábile Pronunciation: 'sta -"bEl
Function: noun Etymology: probably from French, from Latin stabilis, adjective : an abstract sculpture or construction similar in appearance to a mobile but made to be stationary


Where did the word "mobile" art come from?

Russian Constructivist Alexander Rodchenko appropriated the idea of the hanging mobile. From this idea, Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was the first to develop the mobile as a three-dimensional kinetic art form. In 1932 Marcel Duchamp gave the name "mobiles" to Alexander Calder 's new art forms. Calder also made static, sculptural constructions called "stabiles", this term was titled by Jean Arp.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Julie Frith:
is an artist, photographer, web designer, jeweler, graphic / interior designer, musician, furniture maker, wife, mother and most of all a mobile-aficionado-enthusiast. Born 1960 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, after college moved to Eureka, California in 1979 with now husband BrianLadd. Julie has been creating art all her life, making art mobiles for fun...about 40 years and selling professionally online since 1998. Loves to work with each and every client creating an original art-piece handmade just for them.

Influences: Alexander Calder,my family, my parents (which are both fabulous artists: Donald Frith taught ceramics, a
professor at theUniversity of Illinois now retired , and Barbara Frith was a professional painter and sculptor ), Note: my Mother, Barbara Frith died Dec.21, 2007.  Many great artists... Kandinsky, Miro, Vasarely, Dali, M.C.Etcher, Piccaso, Eames, Miller, Knoll, Van der Rohe, Saarinen, Bauhaus, F.L.Wright, Eichler homes, Frank Gehry, the prefab Lustron home I grew up in, modern architecture, going to art and science museums at every chance I get, reading design books and learning of about art, viewing and being in nature.

Loves:
MAKING MOBILES, my family, art, music, MODERN furniture, MODERN architecture, futurist ideas, all animals, love, peace and the universe. The name "Frith" means "peace".




 

How To Hang Your Mobile:
Measure twice, hang once! 


Included with every hanging mobile purchase, there is high quality (won't stretch or break) fishing line,
one "eye" ceiling hook, and 2 "S" hooks.

You'll want to position the
mobile in its best view. After it is hung, let it settle, change the mobile view by turning the eye hook slightly on the ceiling.

Once positioned, it will move with the wind/air but always return to its original shape.
Also included with every purchase is a Julie Frith Mobile Catalog.

To clean: Use Lysol Cleaner (non bleach) and a soft cotton cloth,
or a used static cling sheet... believe it or not... works wonders and also keeps it static free.

 




Do you need your mobile hung from the wall?
Get a "Wall Hanger" for your mobile.

Just $15 !

More Info / To Buy



You can find my mobiles sold in these retail shops: Chicago Institute of Art Museum Shop, Grow - Modern Kids (Chicago, IL), Des Moines Art Center Museum Shop (Des Moines, IA), Tang Museum Shop, NY. Agilest Collection (online), The Vault Gallery (Cambria, CA),  Artizan Gifts (Carrboro, NC), Synchronicity 101 (Yachats, OR), Studio 391 (Gualala, CA), Sewel Fine Art Gallery (Eureka, CA), Blu Arch Collection (Birmingham, MI), Frithmobiles, Plymobiles, and Foamobiles on ETSY, Ars Mundi (Hannover Germany)


What size?

Choose the right size
 

Do you have high ceilings?

Do you want it to hang by a crib?

Above a stairwell?

Outside?

Great Ideas! 

Balancing Trick by Julie Frith

Fork and Spoon Take a spoon and fork and connect them together. Place a wooden toothpick in the fork center, just about 1/4" through the fork. Then balance the fork and spoon, then place it balanced on the edge of a glass. WOW! It is amazing! Even more amazing: at the balancing point (fulcrum) of the toothpick...lift off the glass and break the toothpick at the point of balance....then place it back on the very edge of the glass. It will balance. Then push down (just a little) the fork-end of the toothpick... it will bounce in place! You can then place the balancing end of the toothpick anywhere...even on another toothpick!

Salt Shaker Tilt Take a salt shaker, pour out some salt on the table (not a lot). With only one edge of the shaker, set into the salt, push a row of salt under it enough so it will grip. Then tilting the shaker, you will find it has a perfect balancing point. Hold still at that point, carefully remove your fingers, the shaker will stand tilting all by itself. Softly blow away the extra salt. Voila!


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