SCRAP for inspiration and to scrounge random metal and wood objects to use as the foundation for my work. Full disclosure, I work as Program Development Manager at SCRAP, but began my tenure there as a faithful shopper and volunteer back in 2007 because I love their mission and the stuff they have. Now I'm lucky enough to spend most of my days on site, helping them to grow and succeed.
What began to transpire were these amazing organic lines that resemble something like sea flora or mossy branches. I finished the piece off with some wooden beads, also found at SCRAP, and a circle of chartreuse wool felt to line the bottom. While I clearly didn't have a plan at the onset, I did end up with an amazing centerpiece that I now use for a fruit bowl.
I find that it's so important in the creative process that if I feel stuck, to just start doing something. I don't attach anything permanently until I'm sure, but I just start weaving, or cutting, laying out the materials I'm working with and seeing how it goes. Working with primarily fibers and in 3-D, I'm a very tactile person and therefore like let the materials speak to me.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more about my work and the fantastic possibilities of creative reuse.