The Guardians

How it began...

      The idea for the Guardians rose out of the ashes of September 11th. My family donated to the relief effort and instead of buying gifts that year, we made Guardians, figures created out of reclaimed household items.  They were small and fit in the top of Christmas stockings, meant to honor and protect loved ones.

     ​The World Needs Guardians. I had the honor of showing my work at The Smithsonian Fine Craft show in 2016. I created Guardians of Tolerance & Diversity, Immigration,  and Empowerment of the Individual Voice. Most of them found new homes during the show.

Nearly twenty years later, I’ve made and sold thousands, all created out of recycled materials: Inner strength, Service, long life - each one is thematic, and represents our collective human experience. ​


      I show and sell my guardians at national art shows, as well as, through my website. If you are interested in a guardian, please email me. Below are the guardians that I currently have available. The prices and dimensions are with the thumbnail images. Below the thumbnails are larger images that may be clicked on to enlarge. 


Thank you, Mary

Guardian of Tolerance and Diversity.

Created out of reclaimed materials. 9" x 24"x 2" SOLD.

Guardian of Tolerance and Diversity. Created out of reclaimed materials. 9" x 24"x 2" SOLD.

Inner Child Guardians, available for purchase. Full images are below the thumbnails.

3.Guardian of Joy and Laughter

Joy and Laughter. 18" x 8" $650.00. Created out of vintage noise makers, game pieces, beads.

3. Guardian of Joy and Laughter. 18" x 8" $650.00. Created from vintage noise makers, game pieces, beads, buttons.

2.Guardian of the Inner Child

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2. Guardian of the Inner Child. 24" x 11" $1200.00. Hinged game board opens to reveal a poem. Game pieces, beads and tops.

29.Guardian of Laughter

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29. Laugh! 14" x 8" $395.00. Created out of ruler, game pieces, beads, scrabble tiles, buttons. I have other guardians similar to this one!

Guardian of Fun

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22. Fun! 16" x 11" $395.00. Created out of train tracks, vintage car, game pieces, beads and buttons.

Guardian of the Inner Child

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21. Inner Child. 9" x 6" $295.00. Created out of ruler, vintage domino, game pieces, reclaimed wood and beads.

Take Time to Play

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20. Take Time to Play. One of a series of Guardians. 48" x 16" $1800.00. Assemblage artwork, created out of Chinese Checker board, game pieces, golf clubs, pool cues, marbles.

Guardians of the Home and Kitchen, available for purchase. Full size images are below the thumbnails.

26. Guardian of the Home

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26. Home. 16" x 10" $495.00. Created from vintage tin, reclaimed wood, spools, hardware, casters, beads.

27. Guardian of the Home

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27. Home. 11" x 9" $295.00. Created from vintage hardware, corkscrew, map, reclaimed wood and metal.

28. Guardian of the Home

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28. Home. 9" x 6" $295.00. Created out of reclaimed metal and wood, vintage hardware, caster, stones and beads.

16. Guardian of the Home

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16. Home. 16" x 6" $595.00. Created from a clock, vintage hardware, key, doorknob, Bakelite knives, beads.

15. Guardian of the Kitchen

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15. Kitchen. 20" x 8" $495.00. Created out of grater, Bakelite knives, wish, bottle cap, pastry tin, spoon and beads.

13. Guardian of the Kitchen

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13. Kitchen. 20" x 8" $595.00. Created from a clock, dish towel rack, sink stopper, utensils, keys, springs and beads.

Guardians: assorted themes, available for purchase. Full size images are below the thumbnails.

9. Guardian of the Family

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9. Family. 14" x 11" $495.00. Created from salvaged metal and wood, hardware, casters, spools, beads, key.

5. Guardian of Long Life (detail)

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5. Long Life Guardians. 29" x 18" $2400.00. Created from vintage ruler, watch bands, Bakelite game pieces, barometer, measuring sticks, clock parts, beads.

5. Guardian of Long Life

Full View of Long Life Guardian. 29" x 18" $2400.00

5. Long Life. Full length view.    29" x 18" 

$2400.00

10. Guardian of Celebrations

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10. Celebrate. 21" x 8" $695.00. Created from badminton racquet, bicycle horn, ruler, dice, spools, game pieces.

8. Guardian of Immigration

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8. Immigration. 18" x 10" $950.00. Created from vintage document box, spectacles, bone knives, citizen papers, passport.

24. Guardian of the Adventurer

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24. Adventurer. 13" x 9" $395.00. Created with glass knob, vintage Portugal metal work, map, reclaimed wood and beads.

Guardian of Writers and Artists. Full size images are below the thumbnails.

4. Guardian of the Writer

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4. Writer. 24" x 11" $1200.00. Box opens to reveal leather bound primers, writing tools. Made from typewriter carriage and ribbon, rulers, Anagrams, beads.

16. Guardian of the Writer

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16. Writer. 20" x 10" $495.00. Created from drafting tools, brush, ruler, reclaimed metal and wood, art deco birds and filagree.

7. Guardian of the Editor

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7. Editor. 18" x 13" $850.00. Created from vintage type, letter press, tape measure, Bakelite pen, typewriter ribbon tin.

30. Guardian of the Writer

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30. Writer. 18" x 5" $395.00. Assemblage artwork created from vintage pencil box, ruler, game pieces, wooden hangers, fountain pen and writing tools.

25. Guardian of the Artist

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25. Artist. 20" x 7" $325.00. Created with paint brushes, ruler, beads, stir stick, finial, Anagrams, buttons.

6. Guardian of Creativity

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6. Creativity. Created with sewing notions, yardstick, Anagrams, thimbles, bobbins, spools, buttons and beads.

Guardians. Full size images are below the thumbnails.

11. Tolerance and Diversity

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11. Tolerance and Diversity. 19" x 11" $495.00. Created from reclaimed metal and wood, machine parts, spools, tools, key, coins and beads.

33. Guardian of Tolerance & Peace

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33. Tolerance and Peace Guardians. 17" x 12" $495.00. Created from reclaimed wood and metal, spools, vintage buttons and beads, casters, lapis and silver filagree.

19. Guardian of the Fisherman

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19. Fisherman. 26" x 8" $650.00. Created with a badminton racquet, bamboo rod, fishing lures, bakelite tray, game pieces and beads.

31. Guardian of Wisdom

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31. Wisdom. 10" x 6" $325.00. Created from reclaimed metal and wood, vintage buckle, guitar picks, casters and beads.

14. Guardian of the Skier

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14. Skier. 24" x 7" $425.00. Created with bamboo ski poles, art deco snowflakes, leather and bamboo basket, casters and beads.

34. Guardian of the Explorer

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34. Explorer. 24" x 9" $450.00. Created using vintage wooden toy boats, coins, map, game board, key, Anagrams.