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Reincarnated Art and Decor for Home or Business

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Unique art, antiques and period props for your home, event or business

Chris Knickerbocker is the magic of all that is Old Souls Home. She creates an environment rich with story-telling using her imagination to meld together disparate cast off objects into pieces that evoke nostalgic memories, make you laugh, feel good or possibly leave you guessing, Her unique and often quirky artistic voice can create a playful or soulful piece of art for your business or home.

In addition to design services, she also provides props for sale or rent, event management and merchandise marketing for clients.

If you are looking for something one of a kind come and explore Old Souls Home.

My Very Own Reincarnation-so to speak

Just like what I create, I am one-of-a kind, at least that's what people tell me and I am pretty sure they mean that in a good way, wink, wink.  I come from a long line of “junkers” who re-purposed out of necessity. We loved going to the dump and taking what someone else had thrown away as we could magically see the value. What we didn't know how to do, we learned from others-remember life before You-Tube tutorials?  

As a child I was that person that created theatrical productions, and invented contests and businesses until my elementary school principal had to sit me down to tell me I couldn't use school property for profit making. Thankfully he still encouraged my creativity-as long as I wasn't trying to reserve the auditorium for a production that included dancing horses.

I graduated college with a degree in Social Work, but I really majored in Sorority Management- not a real curriculum, but it taught me  how to connect my brain hemispheres so that I could excel at project management, event planning,  and marketing while  being creative. After a short career in geriatric social work and getting my graduate degree I found a job in higher education. I was able to "stay in college" for thirty-five academic years until I took early retirement in 2017. 

Now I dive in dumpsters and collect castoffs to breathe some new life into what was going into the garbage.  My grandmother always said, “Make do with whachu got” and that is why I create“reincarnated art and décor” -each piece had a past life as something else and now has a new story to tell. I'm able to see ordinary things through a different lens. I love the odd and the spiritual ; the lovely and the funny.

 

I owe a lot to my grandmother who engaged my curiosity and sense of wonder by helping me see that a button can become an eye, and rock might look like a mushroom. I owe my grandfather my sense of humor and storytelling-especially when it comes to outhouses and anything a bit off, so to speak. He did tell me once to not get married and instead get me "one of them thar blow up dolls". I didn't always listen to Grandpa.

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My Very Own Reincarnation-so to speak

Just like what I create, I am one-of-a kind, at least that's what people tell me and I am pretty sure they mean that in a good way, wink, wink.  I come from a long line of “junkers” who re-purposed out of necessity. We loved going to the dump and taking what someone else had thrown away as we could magically see the value. What we didn't know how to do, we learned from others-remember life before You-Tube tutorials?  

As a child I was that person that created theatrical productions, and invented contests and businesses until my elementary school principal had to sit me down to tell me I couldn't use school property for profit making. Thankfully he still encouraged my creativity-as long as I wasn't trying to reserve the auditorium for a production that included dancing horses.

I graduated college with a degree in Social Work, but I really majored in Sorority Management- not a real curriculum, but it taught me  how to connect my brain hemispheres so that I could excel at project management, event planning,  and marketing while  being creative. After a short career in geriatric social work and getting my graduate degree I found a job in higher education. I was able to "stay in college" for thirty-five academic years until I took early retirement in 2017. 

Now I dive in dumpsters and collect castoffs to breathe some new life into what was going into the garbage.  My grandmother always said, “Make do with whachu got” and that is why I create“reincarnated art and décor” -each piece had a past life as something else and now has a new story to tell. I'm able to see ordinary things through a different lens. I love the odd and the spiritual ; the lovely and the funny.

 

I owe a lot to my grandmother who engaged my curiosity and sense of wonder by helping me see that a button can become an eye, and rock might look like a mushroom. I owe my grandfather my sense of humor and storytelling-especially when it comes to outhouses and anything a bit off, so to speak. He did tell me once to not get married and instead get me "one of them thar blow up dolls". I didn't always listen to Grandpa.

 
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Collecting built Old Souls Home

When you collect antiques, found objects, oddities and architectural pieces it is probably best to do something with them-especially if you don't have enough space to display them all at one time. I find things, I keep them until I know what to do with them. What I do with them is to make them into something, display them in my home or studio, rent/sell  them as props for events, businesses, films and of course for someone's personal enjoyment at home. I even rent out my own home and studio as a location for filming ! Check out locationshub.com for location rental.

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Look down here to see some examples of what I have created

See what I can do!

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Belva mirror

Mirror designed for Belva Lockwood Inn. Assembled components include spinet piano ivory keys, Tioga railroad box car ties, hobbyist railroad tracks, wooden mill piece and mirror.

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angel wing wheel
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Large indoor decor piece created from cut tin and wheel from vintage hospital wheelchair.

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Chris busy at work and play
Chris busy at work and play

Me working on a custom business assemblage.

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Belva mirror

Mirror designed for Belva Lockwood Inn. Assembled components include spinet piano ivory keys, Tioga railroad box car ties, hobbyist railroad tracks, wooden mill piece and mirror.

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What do you want?

Grandma wanted a shady yard, and Grandpa wanted a blow up doll. Instead, Grandma got a shady husband, well really two, but that is another story.

While I can't create what they asked for I can create a physical piece of something from other things-to meet your heart's desire. It could be a piece of furniture, garden "sculpture", an interactive art display, and who knows what. Let's talk and see what may be.

Want to see some of what I have made for homes or businesses?

Click here and follow the pointing hand for some show and tell, or complete the Contact form if you want to see what magic can be created for you (or if you want to hear more stories). You can also visit the Black Cat Gallery (214 Front Street Owego NY) where some of my current assemblage pieces are for sale.

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Contact Me

Old Souls Home

Owego, NY 13827

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