Sunday, August 7, 2011
White Love Bird Garden Ornament with Red Heart
"I love looking for materials that would otherwise be thrown away, buried or discarded and giving them new “life”. Things like rusted barn tin, old wood and barbwire become works of art and beauty while still retaining a sense of history and character. I strive to create quality items that are produced from recycled materials without compromising quality or a sense of style.
Currently I hang my hat in Arab, Alabama with my musician husband and 7 year-old son. I goal is to unite art, nature and materials by crafting something for the present. Something which will hopefully add joy to others lives. Because each piece is handmade with storied materials, they are one-of-a-kind.
HOW I BEGAN WORKING WITH TIN: I began painting on tin in 1998 and it soon progressed into experimenting with materials, technique and 3d objects. I wanted to transform it in to something totally new and beautiful… for the tin to be “reborn” without losing the integrity of its journey. In retrospect I can see that this was a personal journey as well as an artistic one and it continues to this day to challenge me."
bio written by Merritt via her etsy profile