I've mentioned before that I'm a big supporter of buying local and an even bigger enthusiast of buying handmade merchandise. I also make an effort to upcycle odds and ends around the house giving them a second life as it were.
I was recently introduced to an Atlanta artist named Rodger Thomas of Benclif Designs. Rodger’s creations are right up my alley (literally, in Atlanta) and his use of up-cycled materials is refreshing. Relics that would otherwise collect dust are repurposed into useful household lighting, giving them a new life, function, and keeping the original designs nearly intact.
From Rodgers Website…
"Rust, dust and an aging crust! That's what I look for when I am out there hunting for my lighting inspiration."
“My art creations are all about upcycling. I take vintage and antique relics from the past and give them a new purpose. Chrome percolators, plastic rotary telephones, metal sprayers, lunchboxes, Thermos bottles, vintage tin cans, jars, adding machines, projectors and a myriad of others, all make for some pretty interesting and exciting lighting creations. Those are things I search for when junking.”
“Obviously, my percolator lamps are my favorite! But I am always on the hunt for that vintage relic in a basement or closet…that certain thing in which or on which a light bulb will shine new life. Sometimes, I don’t have a vision for it initially but just a sense it can become a light or lamp. I’m the upcycling guy (or at least one of the upcyclers)! My passion is lights and lighting, but repurposing and upcycling speak to my sense of efficiency and practicality.”
I love this local artist’s work, you can view his recent designs in his Etsy shop at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BenclifDesigns
Lori in Atlanta