“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
When I was a kid I used to laugh at my mom for her drawer of ‘gently used’ tin foil. It seemed excessive at best, but more likely just a bit loony. Now, of course, I have a little stash of my own and I ‘get’ why she did it. It wasn’t about the money. It was about using things up.
It’s this drive to ‘waste not’ that inspired the adaptive reuse line of art jewelry. Wanting to explore the world of metalsmithing, but not wanting to invest in expensive tools and materials, I stumbled across the idea of using old tin cans. I picked up a few during my next thrift store foray and the rest, as they say, is history. I was immediately smitten by not only the found imagery and color, but also by the realization that I had found a use for what someone else found useless.
As much as I love to make jewelry, I’m constantly on the search for new materials and techniques. I’ve toyed with many over the years, but most are just passing affairs. Over the last few years, an on-again off-again flirtation with encaustic painting has grown into a true romance. I am still committed to my original tin love, but a little hot wax on the side keeps things interesting.
The day in the life of a maker can be interesting, so I like to keep track of some of those moments here in my blog. Many ideas center around the twin themes of use and reuse of materials, but I’ve decided not to hem myself in with too many rules. Inspirations come from all around and sometimes from the least expected of places. This is a small attempt to capture some and pass along others.