I Hamilton: I am a self-taught artist born in Crimea and now living in Norfolk UK. My passions are paintings,jewellery making and crocheting. I love to learn new techniques and use mixed media. Sometimes I try to combine completely different materials.
Geometrics in Motion bracelet by Virginia Stevens: Art is integral to life. The two cannot be separated. Wearing beautiful objects is a simple way to bring art into your life and to connect with it in a very direct and personal way.
Virginia Stevens enjoys working with metals and stones to bring out their inherently unique and striking qualities. Nature provides beautiful raw materials, and Stevens feels the artist’s drive to translate those raw materials into her vision of wearable works of art. Her pieces are designed to enhance the everyday aesthetic of life.
I am constantly intrigued by what cut paper artists can accomplish with scissors, papers, and glue. Each artist below has embraced a unique style on this art form which is sure to captivate your interest.
Jayme McGowan from Roadside Projects is setting a new standard for cut paper art. Her pieces are intricately concocted and expertly executed. Her subject matter spans generational interest and can be displayed in any room of your house. Prints and originals are available in her shop and don’t forget to visit her project blog.
I found the cut paper art at Rural Pearl to be modern and refreshing. The artist, Angie Pickman, has made this art form her own. I am drawn to the strong black and white pieces and appreciate her use of color. You will find prints and even some pendants made from her originals.
About Urban Culture
A visual diary on behavioral patterns of cities and urban areas, past and present. I’m a 41 year old artist, graphic designer and photographer based in Lowell, Massachusetts. What I sell reflects my own personal vision and esthetic, which can range from the trashy to the sublime.
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.