By now most of you who are familiar with my work know that my artistic passion lies with using found objects. I guess I’ve always collected things…even when I was very young. Things with unique shapes or interesting colors or things that looked like other things. I guess you could say that my work is like the adult version of make-believe. I’ve been called a hoarder, although what I save is saved with an idea in mind for what it could be turned into…what could be made from it. Flat items can be used to cut flat shapes from. Cup shaped items can hold things…solids, powders, liquids, etc. Bowl shapes can be used as covers, caps, etc. Some materials can be curled or bent or torn or cut to create other things.
I encourage everyone to look around you and try to see things, not for what they are in their current state, but what they could be reused for. Many of the plastic and metal objects that we throw in the trash are not much different in shape or construct from the things we pay good money for in stores that are marketed and meant for another purpose. Even if you are not artistically inclined, think of ways to reuse those everyday objects for another purpose. It saves you money, helps your daily life in some way and it keeps one more piece out of a landfill!
Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.