As an artist, I give myself two goals: first, to inspire people to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle and second, to reveal the hidden beauty that can be found in places that are often overlooked. I accomplish these goals by creating jewelry and art from 100% recycled materials. I hope to influence everyone who sees my work to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
I created my own tools that allow me to bend silverware without damaging the surface. The tools themselves are handmade from recycled materials as well. All of my work is made in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
My dad started bending silverware about 15 years ago after he opened his napkin at a local Ann Arbor restaurant. He uncovered a fork, with the two outer tines bent out. In his mind, the fork looked like a cross. This inspired him to make religious artwork, such as angels and crosses, from silverware. I joined him in 2008, just shortly after I began my studies in college. We sold at small church craft shows at first, but quickly began making other items as they were requested. This is when I got into making jewelry. We had so many requests for rings and bracelets that I just figured out how to make them. After developing and refining the process of making jewelry, I launched an Etsy website and got in touch with a few local stores to see if they were interested in my work. Since I’ve graduated college, this has been my full time job. Most recently, Pope Francis’s emphasis for the care of the environment and how our lifestyles can positively or negatively affect the whole human population has encouraged me to rethink how I live and how I create. Everything I make is not only recycled, but also free of use of harmful cleaning and polishing chemicals. I create all of my tools out of recycled materials as well. My mission is to reveal the beauty that can be found in old things, and to inspire people to reduce the amount of disposable products they buy and throw away.
Why did you choose to partner with Yellow Door to sell your artwork?
Knowledge and friendly staff, unique range and display of items, Yellow Door’s dedication to providing a diverse range of quality crafts and art, and my work seems to fit the style of Yellow Door.
How long have you been creating your art work?
The unusual bends I am able to put into the silverware, transforming them from something old into something new and completely different that still resembles its past life. I can do this all without damaging or scratching the silverware.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
It allows me to be generative and to put my vision of the world in a tangible way.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
Spending time with my wife and two children, a good cup of coffee, cooking and playing cards with friends.
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You can find lots of John's unique upcycled silverware jewelry & sculptures at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about John all week!
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