Handmade artist's paintbrushes & reusable practice cloth. Brush handles made from beautiful bamboo and the bristles are made from Deer, Elk, Fox, Goat, Pony, Russian or Kolinsky Sable, Moose, Sabeline, or other natural or synthetic fibers & blends. Materials are mostly from renewable resources and upcycled/repurposed.
It is my privilege to fabricate pretty medical devices. Most eyeglasses look pretty much the same, mine are a little bit different and not for the faint of heart. The designs are as unique as the person who wear them. Hand-making eyeglass frames requires tools from the jeweler's bench, the optician's lab, the industrial factory and those that I make myself because these other tools are not an option. Each frame is carefully cut from a sheet of zyl (an industrial material which I have been able to procure) which is etched with patterns. Hammered rivets precisely attach hinges and grooves are cut by hand for lenses. The frames I create are both artful and wearable and precise enough to be fitted with prescription lenses cut in by a professional optician.
I use salvaged materials and vintage pictures to create my pieces because of the history they hold and stories they inspire. Pieces of old metal and old hardware remind me of rocket ships. When I find an old picture that inspires me, I choose the other elements to make connections and create a story. I like making functional art because I think the things we use should also be something to enjoy on other levels. I often start with a wood base and then turn to a stockpile of old cans, old boxes, hardware, ceiling tin and many other salvaged materials. I use mostly cold connections (nails, screws, wire) to combine the materials and a decoupage like process for the images. The durability and craft of my work is important to me because I want them to be used and treasured into the future.