Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adaptive Reuse

Wearable Art Made from Decorative Tin, Great for Where its Been.
Finding Jewelry-Worthy Pattern & Inspiration in Found Materials.

Images from Adaptive Reuse
Artist: Christine Terrell
Expertise: Recycled Jewelry
Additional Talents: Metal Arts, Welding & Smithing / Collecting / Graphic Design
Materials: Decorative Tins, Cutters, Chain, Jewelry Fittings
Style: Upcycling Found Materials
Inspiration: Colors & Patterns of Forgotten Tins
Common Creations: Earrings, Pendants & Other Accessories
Website: www.adaptivereuser.com
Shop Offline: www.christineterrell.com/merchants
Shop Online: [Etsy]
Social Media: [Blog]  [Facebook]  [Pinterest]
Home Base: Austin, TX
Spotted At: Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2013

In true Upcycling style, artist Christine Terrell of Adaptive Reuse finds beauty in forgotten materials that deserve a second life. Decorative tins were an art form themselves in years past, but most are found these days in thrift and antique stores. By collecting a wide array of these tins, previous containers for anything from biscuits and cookies to tea or mints, Terrell has almost any pattern, image or color at her disposal for use in her wearable creations. She simply has to pick the pieces of tin that fit the design she has in mind, whether it be for earrings or a necklace. The shapes that this artist chooses in cutting up the base tins she has gathered do an excellent job of showcasing the best of their past decoration. Perhaps it is her experience with graphic design that has trained her well in piecing together circles, ovals, ellipses and other geometric forms. Most of her jewelry features a fun pattern that she repurposes or combines with colored cuts of tin, but others make use of an actual image from the original. I personally love what she has done with bar codes, a new version of "commercial" art?

When not seeking out interesting tins for her one-of-kind jewelry, Christine also enjoys seeking out new arts and crafts skills. After all, it was a foray into metal works after years in graphic design that lead to her current specialty. I'd say this sense of adventure has served her well. The earrings, necklaces and other pieces of jewelry that she creates are very unique thanks to her talent for Upcycling. Whether your drawn to the beauty of what Terrell has made new or the memories held in what these tins once were, there's a artful piece for you.




Photography by Annie Winsett