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 3x3 to 5x7 to 8x10 to 11x17 to poster size at 24x36 pieces. Prices are open but reserve prices are $45.00, and $75.00 unless otherwise listed plus postage. Visit my Etsy.com shop "castoffsBYmorten" at https://www.etsy.com/shop/castoffsBYmorten?ref=search_shop_redirect
All profits benefit the Munich Alumni (Endowed) Scholarship Fund: https://www.umgc.edu/costs-and-financial-aid/scholarships/scholarship-details.cfm?scholarship=Munich-Alumni-Scholarship&sid=295.