FEATURED ARTIST: Lazy Daze Farm (Sherry)

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Name: Lazy Daze Farm

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lazydazefarm

Tell me a little about yourself…

My name is Sherry. I am 50 years old. I live on a farm in rural Kentucky. My husband and I raise goats and free range chickens. We try to live a very simplistic lifestyle. We reuse, recycle, upcycle, and re-create.

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How did you get your start in recycled art?

I started experimenting with recycled art and found objects a few years ago. I made some jewelry out of several different items, such as upcycled belt parts, machinery parts, recycled chains, etc. I found an outlet to list them on, Etsy. I slowly got away from jewelry and became more interested in wood. That’s where I am today.

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How has recycled art transformed your life?

It has become a part of my everyday life. I cannot pick up a piece of wood without wondering what it can become. I know eventually it will hang on someone’s wall and be treasured.

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What is your process to create recycled art, does an idea or concept just come to you, or do you adopt a form of mechanical thinking?

There is really no shape or form to my process. I have several pieces of driftwood, old pieces of recycled wood from dismantled barns, etc., waiting in my workshop. When I enter to work, I usually pick up a piece and visualize what it will become, and just let it evolve.

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Where or how did you get your inspiration?

My husband works at a lake resort. One summer he brought home several pieces of driftwood. I fell in love with the pieces and instantly started to think of ways to create art with them. I also keep a notebook close by at all times and write down any idea that pops in my mind for future use.

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Any advice to those who are considering creating art from recycled material?

If you have any desire at all to create art, go for it. Create from you heart, and don’t think too hard, just enjoy what you do.

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