drawings made of electrical cords

Despite our increasingly wired world, not everything has gone wireless – and old houses will still have TV cables, phone lines and other electrical cords snaking through them for decades to come. Why not forget about how to hide these completely and instead celebrate their function in a fun and unique way … maybe even plug a lamp in the process?

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drawings made of electrical cords decorative

Made to mount on the wall anyway, this simple home decor idea from designer Maisie Maud Broadhead uses simple do-it-yourself materials – standard electrical cable and conventional hardware-store hammer tacks – but to create a recognizable pattern of a very different type. This same technique could, of course, be used with television, phone and other coils of cord as well.

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Looking for an alternative way to keep cords hidden in plain view while doing double-duty and decorating your bare walls? If you feel less personally creative, this may be a great form+function idea to adopt.. Perhaps there will be more room for artworks like these as such old-school artifacts of a less-digital age become increasingly unusual remnants of times gone by.

If you haven’t checked out Maisie Maud Broadhead’s work before, you’re going to want to visit her website. While this cord idea is impressive, her fine art photography is out of this world.

About Maisie Maud Broadhead

“Maisie studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton, before completing an MA in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art 2009. In 2013, Broadhead won the Jerwood Makers Open and in 2015 she received a major grant from Arts Council England for a public commission at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK. Most recently had new work commissioned for Manchester Art Gallery 2018 and National Glass Centre 2019.”

“Maisie’s work has been exhibited in major museum shows including at the National Gallery, UK; Manchester Art Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum, UK; CaixaForum Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; and Nationalmuseum, Sweden.”

“Her practice employs a broad range of materials and processes, often her work is a dialogue between the handmade object and the heavily staged photographic images. Maisie often re-interprets historical painting and art genres, and is concerned with the exploration of the uncanny, illusion and the idea of ‘value’. By using contemporary and historical elements, her images link the past and present by identifying enduring social and aesthetic narratives.”