finished this one last night. i have had the clown knock-down target for at least 5 years. i bought it up in silverton, colorado, at an antique store there. i loved the hand-painted surface, and the patina of wear. at the time i paid $24 for him, the price tag was still attached! i created the monoprint in the background with the same color scheme, and tried to get a whimsical, fun pattern to work with the clown. the roulette wheel was purchased on ebay, it's really old, and is marked "made in england". the front of the box is a loom of some sort, and each sawtooth-shaped spike was hand-cut with a saw. the discs on the front are made from some old poker chips which have paper circles overlapping them. i cut them from a monoprint.
john made the box for me. it's made from oak, and has beautiful dovetailed corners. it measures about 10x15x3 inches. it can hang or sit on the legs i have installed discretely on the bottom of the box.
there is really no story attached to this box, i just loved the pieces individually, and think they look really nice together. sometimes when i create a box, i'm telling a story. and sometimes i just like to play around with combinations of elements.
here's an image of silverton from a 1950's postcard. it still looks exactly the same!