Someone needs to buy this bag before I do.
By Christy Studio.
Shopping blog featuring products made by people not factories.
Someone needs to buy this bag before I do.
By Christy Studio.
Will Wagenaar lives in Port Richey, Florida with his cat, Lyle. He sculpts and when he isn’t sculpting, he’s thinking about sculpting and looking for parts. Will has been a professional artist since 1972 and also has an interior design degree. He once ran a mural painting business and later opened a storefront in Miami Beach where he sold his work – taking found materials and creating usable objects and fine art. His work is at least 80% recycled materials. Check out his shop!
A few of his sculptures can be found at EcoArt LA gallery right now (not sure how long they’ll be there).
How long have you been making sculpture?
Since high school.
What are the materials needed to make them?
Recycled is the most important quality. Other than that: wood, metal, glass, ceramic. Mostly discarded household and garage items. I prefer to work with materials that show their age.
Where do you get your materials?
I have been to 4 flea markets in the last 3 days. Also, thrift stores and yard sales, estate sales. Occasionally, I am able to liberate trash from the streets.
Can you tell us a little of your process?
I let the material speak for itself. Sometimes my usage is obvious. If I am really curious about something, then there is usually a reason. I keep playing with it until an idea strikes. Sometimes it is about the relationship of one or more pieces, the shapes they create together.
How long does it take to complete a sculpture?
Once I have an idea in mind, I work quickly doing all the difficult things first. Then I slow it down a bit for the final effects and finishes.
Have you had a favorite piece?
I have had several favorites. It is such a thrill to sell a piece that is a favorite because those are the most validating sales.
Do you do other kinds of crafts?
I was a mural artist and did architectural finishes for almost 30 years. My work is in many fine residences in several states and corporate locations as well.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
More of this, I love this.
Have any advice for people trying to start their own handcrafting business?
Just do it. There is every good reason to try. Just do every task to the best of your ability. People will find you.
I just checked back in on Ric Stultz a year later, and you have to check out these bold new pieces of his.
I hope you’ll join me as I ponder some of my favorite things about summer! In no particular order: popsicles, hikes, beach time, ice cream cones, beautiful sunsets, bike riding, vitamin d (for some of us on the rainy west coast we find ourselves pretty much sun-drunk on a sunny day), and wait for it – patio time! While I could easily write a post about any of the wonderful things listed above I’ll save those for another time, and instead focus on patios and patio decoration.
I received an email from the lovely ladies at Gallant & Jones sharing their gorgeous deck chairs and I knew I had to post about them. From there, I thought we could look at patios more generally too!
I’ll confess I don’t have a patio. Well we do but it’s about 5 feet by 4 feet and rarely gets sun, so some of this post is just me daydreaming about the future. It’s fun to imagine just what our futures might look like, even as it relates to how we’ll decorate. The older I get the more I realize that what’s most important for me when it comes to decorating and entertaining.
First and foremost I want our future patio to be cozy, bright and inviting. So that means some deck chairs like the ones from Gallant and Jones, some candles like the ones above from Silk n Lights Designs to ward off bugs, and some cute cushions – I love these monogrammed ones from Tater Babies. If we truly want to get lux – it’d be nice to have some heat lamps, a sweet little table with seating for guests, and if we’re dreaming here – I’ll take a gazebo and a little man-made lake too.
I’d love to hear your dreams for your perfect patio – what you would include, and how you would accessorize?
One of the reasons I love to be a vendor at art and craft festivals, is the opportunity to meet the other vendors. People like me, people who like to make stuff. It’s even better when I somehow end up being at the same shows with the same people over and over again…it’s almost like having co-workers!
One such co-worker for me is Mu To-Sanguan, who has been my neighbor at at least four craft shows this year. She makes adorable clothes for kids and babies, featuring simple designs in bright colors, with a ton of personality.
Mu was inspired to start making things for kids while she was babysitting for friends one day. She took a look at the kids’ blanket, and thought: I could make something cuter than that.
Even though she studied applied physics and electrical engineering in college, she already knew that working in a corporate office was not for her. The opportunities for creative expression were few and far between. She was already a self-taught sewer, and so started experimenting with making cute little things for kids, and eventually Lil’ Fishy was born, in late 2003.
Mu likes to make things for kids, because she feels totally free to experiment with mixing colors and patterns. She has found that parents tend to be more adventurous with what they buy for their children, than what they pick for themselves. One of her most popular designs is the reversible jumper, which is a fun way to combine two or more fabrics into one, colorful garment.
Mu designs every item herself, and is inspired by the process of sourcing for fabric, when a certain color or group of colors will catch her eye. She’s also inspired by her Asian heritage, and is often drawn to motifs and images that suggest her background.
Everything at Lil’ Fishy is made by hand, including the silk screened images on the t-shirts and onesies, by Mu herself and her small group of helpers. The Lil’ Fishy collection is currently focused on clothes for kids and babies, but a few things for women have recently snuck into the line. Mu hopes to add a few items for men, as well as some pretty things for the home, in the new year.