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.