FEATURED ARTISTS: Treasure Craft Studio

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Shop: Treasure Craft Studio

Location: Walnut Creek, California

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/TreasureCraftStudio

How’d you get your start in recycled art?

I got my start from regular trips to thrift stores. I began to take notice of the large inventory of everyday household items and thought there has to be a way to keep these items out of the landfill and that was the beginning of my recycled art journey.

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How has recycled art transformed your life?

By opening up my imagination and creativity and giving me the ability to think outside the box.

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, etc.?

Ideas can come to me at any time. A found item will also inspire me to begin a new project.

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Where or how do you get your inspiration?

I get most of my ideas just by looking at unwanted items in a different way and the willingness to give those items a second chance by incorporating them in a piece of art.

What is the craziest or most unique and unusual or controversial art piece you created from recycled material into art and why?

It was a wall clock sculpture that I created from the plastic end caps from large plotter paper rolls that I collected over time. These plastic caps had no other purpose then to be thrown away in the trash until I made a unique and one of a kind wall clock sculpture from them.

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

My advice to any recycled artist is to look at all items carefully before disposing of it in the trash and ask yourself, how can I make something beautiful from this while saving the plant at the same time.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Recycle when you can, we can all make a difference in keeping our planet green!

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