I just want to make a few comments about recycling. Most of my work is made using recycled materials. Stuff that was headed to a landfill or junkyard. Maybe some of it would have been recycled along the way. I think the total ‘junk’ in the 200 or so ‘upcycled’ items in my shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/destructivetesting) might not fill my weekly home trash container.
The importance of recycled materials to me is really the aesthetic value it has. It has had a use, a ‘life’, a history. It shows the wear of it’s use, and is no longer ‘useful’ for it’s original purpose. To me, these are all advantages over new materials. New materials will only show what I am able to bring out of them. They have no real ‘life’ of their own, only what someone adds to them.
The photo above shows my work bench with several piles of ‘junk’. When items from my various stashes of ‘junk’ reach this place, I already have some idea about what I’m going to use them for. Some things sit here for a week, get pushed around, have something added to their little pile. to be continued….