This weeks featured recycled crafter is Tina Frantz of…
When did you first get into crafts, and have you always been into recycled/upcycled crafts?
I have been a crafter since I was a little girl. I remember my mom paying for my first booth rental when I was around 10 years old. Although I was young it taught me that everyone can appreciate a craft, even if it was a small magnet made by a 10 year old. My grandmother was also a big contributor to my crafting. Every summer she would take me to buy whatever crafts I was into at the time. I have always enjoyed making just about anything by hand. I have in the past 6 years or so really enjoyed going “junking” and finding new purposes for all those lost and ignored finds out there. They just don’t make things like they use too!
What is the story and inspiration behind your work? What do you do when you get a creative block, how do you get inspired again?
After seeing some steampunk items online, I was so intrigued to go on the hunt for vintage watches. I found that the craftsmanship was totally fascinating and the tiny parts were endless. I took my love for jewelry and started to incorporate the rusty, mechanical, vintage pieces (with the occasional bling) into what I like to call wearable art! When I sit down to create, I try to make several pieces at a time but never the same. Occasionally I have a hard time combining pieces together or just don’t seem to have that perfect piece. Anytime this happens there is only one thing to do…..SHOP for more supplies!! lol That will always give me new ideas and inspiration!
When did you first get into crafting and art? Do you typically work with the same mediums?
I love to work with different metals. I love the look of mixing them together too! At times I add a swarovski crystal and even use glass watch vials. Mixing all different components is what makes steampunk so creative and eclectic!
What project are you most proud of ever making?
I was so excited to create many pieces for a steampunk wedding a few years ago. From the broches to the hair pieces and cuff links, I was able to design for the whole wedding party! The best gift… I received pictures of all of them wearing my creations and everyone was thrilled with them! I was also able to create a pocket watch piece for a rock music video! It was the center piece of the video and showcased my work beautifully!
What do you like to do for fun when your not making art? What is the one things people would be shocked to know about you?
When I am not creating jewelry designs I own my a painting business where I am a full time artist and muralist. My passion is art in many forms and painting is another art adventure I have dabbled in for over 15 years now. It is true that if you do what you love it makes you a much happier and successful person!
Of coarse family and friends know this about me but for others that purchase from me or never get to see where I am from they tend to be surprised. I am really just a small town country girl living in NC and creating what some here would call unusual sci-fi type pieces. Not many people in my town has ever seen anything like it before and I tend to sell to more large metro areas and even more to other countries.
Who are some artists, bloggers or designers you look up to in the Eco Friendly community?
I have to say I am not a big blogger or follower. I try to make time to view and read certain ones though. I LOVE
Why do you think the Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Upcycled Movment is so important? What is your one best tip for a small change anyone can make in their life to be kinder to the environment?
It is pretty simple in my mind…. recyclables are everywhere! There is so many things you can create, reuse, repupose, or transform from other objects. If everyone reused a single product that was to be thrown away, think of the changes it would make. All of the watches I use in my projects need work to run again so I create something new with something that no longer works for the original purpose. Who says things must be used for what they were intended?
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