MORTEN ENDER
Craftwork

My craftwork is anchored in upcycling. Upcycling according to Wikipedia, is a deliberate process where people transform “ . . . by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upcycling). Downcycling converts products into something new of lesser value.  Upcycling stuffs can include clothes, food, music, industry, libraries, and design processes.  Recycled downhill skis are upcycled into homes (yurts) in Africa that are practical and sustainable (Salvalai et al., 2020). Upcycling belongs to a movement of deep ecology, sustainability, and environmentalism.

Arts and crafts are my application of upcycling.  My personal favorite is the towers of Simon Rodia popularly known as the Watts Towers that spiral up in Watts, (L.A.) California. Built almost 100 years ago, Rodia used plastic bottles, pieces of pottery, rebar, seashells, and other items. Other examples of upcycled crafts include driftwood sculptures (Picasso used bicycle parts) and quilts.  Objects include bottlecaps, skis, paper, documents, scrap metal, broken glass, dish towels, bones, concert tickets, keys, driftwood, and a cornucopia of different discarded materials.  In the spirits of Rodia, Basquiat, Warhol, and Banksy, I am putting my work out here.

I started crafting with an artist community in Pozzuoli, Italy south of Naples, between college semesters.  Today, I continue to exploit micro-debris such as expired credit cards, feathers, bread-ties, fruit and vegetable stickers, quilt pieces, and dried flowers and grasses in my crafts.  I repurpose objects into captured and restored representations of brightly colored mundanity.  Each piece is exceptional, one-of-kind, extemporaneous, and wrangled into a matt border and framed, named, and signed.  I hope you like them.

Sizes range from minis at 3”x4” to 5”x7” to 8”x10” to 11”x“7 to poster size at 24”x36” pieces.  Prices are open but reserve prices are $25.00, $45.00, $70.00, and $100.00 each.  The largest piece is up for auction with a reserve price of $250.00.  The auction will last six months from the start date of my website going live.

All craft profits go directly to the Munich Alumni (Endowed) Scholarship Fund: https://www.umgc.edu/costs-and-financial-aid/scholarships/scholarship-details.cfm?scholarship=Munich-Alumni-Scholarship&sid=295.

You can either send your donation directly to UMGC earmarked to the Munich Alumni Fund: http://impact.umgc.edu/s/710/18/home.aspx?_ga=2.202698001.1402674222.1602971079-1257535942.1602971079 and send me a copy of the receipt or pay me directly with PayPal at morten.ender60@gmail.com.
In 1992 we established the Munich Alumni Fund to commemorate the now closed University of Maryland Munich, Germany Campus (1950-1992) with an outdoor sculpture and a scholarship fund.  The sculpture (above two leaning students) was designed, cast, completed, installed, and unveiled by Munich Campus graduate Victor Letonoff in 1996.  The Fund provides annual scholarships of up to $1,000 each for University of Maryland Global Campus students enrolled in the European Division.   These folks include military and civilian family members including spouses, and adult children and in some cases, junior enlisted soldiers.

Size is 11 X 17

American Dream series - 2016
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of credit card and quilt pieces.
Eat Fruit series - 2019 - SOLD
Eat Fruit series - 2016
West Point series - 2017
American Dream series - 2016
Eat Fruit series - 2017
Eat Fruit series - 2016
West Point series - 2019
American Dream series - 2016
West Point series - 2019
Eat Fruit series - 2016
East Fruit series - 2018
American Dream series - 2016

Size is 8 x 10

Bread series - 2020
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of credit card and quilt pieces.
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Munich series - 2019
Munich series - 2020
West Point series - 2020
West Point series - 2017
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of dried flower and quilt pieces.  SOLD
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of credit card and quilt pieces. SOLD
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Munich series - 2020
West Point series - 2019
West Point series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2019
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of a dried rose and a quilt piece.
Con-Mo Collab series - 2020. A Connie Campbell-Hambley and Morten Ender collaboration of credit card and quilt pieces.
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Eat Fruit series - 2020
Munich series - 2020
West Point series - 2019
West Point series - 2017
Eat Fruit series - 2020

Sizes are 5x7 and smaller "Minis"

American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2019
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series -2020
West Point series - 2019
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
American Dream series - 2020
Fort Huachuca series - 1983

Size is Poster 24" x 36"

Eat Fruit series 2019 - poster size 24" x 36" and behind glass with wood frame