What is it with rusty and old that causes us to swoon over products that are so far from glamorous?
Whenever I show my grandmother about great new furniture pieces made from reclaimed wood, or objects that go under the chic-sounding name of industrial vintage, she just looks at me with an empty gaze. She cannot fathom why I would want own that rusty piece that looks like it belongs in an old garage.
Maybe it’s the sustainability aspect of it that is appealing, or maybe the uniqueness of each piece as none are alike. Maybe it’s the lack of shiny, perfect or fake that so often and so easily can be mass produced.
Or maybe it's the intrigue of a very creative mind, that looks at all these torn, rusty and weathered objects, and gives them a second life by creating something new, that is so appealing to us?
No matter what it is, this is the time of recycling and Sean Woolsey is a master at this blending of mixing old and new.
Sean Woolsey is an artist and a craftsman who creates great lamps that have the perfect weathered look from his Costa Mesa studio.
His background is in fashion, but recently he was looking for a carreer adjustment and looking to work with more challenging materials than fabric. So he rolled up his sleeves and got to work with salvaged wood and rusty objects he found.
On his site Sean Woolsey writes about his art as 'a marriage of the natural aging process and experimental techniques which together create an almost otherworldly outcome... Where he; 'explores reworked, cast off materials blended with the new.'
And what a great blend it is!
These lamps have a beautiful sense of personality, and are ready to embark on a new life illuminating someones home.
Work like this, that makes use of materials that are already here, undergoes a hands on make over, and becomes something that can last a lifetime is an art-form.
If you want to see more of Sean's work go here.
Written by: Marte Marie Forsberg
(Author of the blog Le voyage creatif)
Photos via: Sean Woolsey