The Found Series by Michael Aaron: making art from discarded materials

Michael Aaron Williams, a young American artist from Knoxville, Tennessee, has created art from discarded materials.

Found series 1 by Michael Aaron - on old railroad ties.

Found series 1 by Michael Aaron – on old railroad ties.

He uses the materials he has found as a canvas to create intense and almost disturbing portraits. The organic and decomposing state of the pieces adds to the raw visual effect while also showing the beautiful transformation the artist has achieved.

Found series 2 by Michael Aaron - on old rusty sheet metal

Found series 2 by Michael Aaron – on old rusty sheet metal

Michael Aaron seeks to save materials from their fate and repurpose them, making them into something that is valued and appreciated.

 “These pieces are done on things that have been found on the side of the road, railroad tracks and in old barns. Basically it is about using something that would have deteriorated over time if left where it was and taking them into the studio and making something beautiful out of them.”

Found series 3 by Michael Aaron - sheet metal

Found series 3 by Michael Aaron – sheet metal

He does not only experiment with different materials, but also different techniques in composing his work. The piece below has been created using a process of burning the wood rather than painting it.

Found series 4 by Michael Aaron - burnt onto old barn wood

Found series 4 by Michael Aaron – burnt onto old barn wood

Each portrait is simple yet captivating and very real, showing the artists ability to capture human emotion.

Found series 5 by Michael Aaron - this one is on an old wrecked up carhood

Found series 5 by Michael Aaron – this one is on an old wrecked up carhood

Hendzel + Hunt: Reclaimed Aesthetic Made in Peckham

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Hendzel + Hunt are a vibrant, young design studio based in South London, specialising in the manufacture and design of bespoke cabinets and furniture using reclaimed and sustainable materials, to create custom made products as well as their own range, Made in Peckham.

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With engineering backgrounds to support their skills as craftsmen, Hendzel and Hunt highlight the origins of a product using balance, proportion, and composition to transform rough materials into objects of desire.

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Hendzel and Hunt are pushing what can be achieved in the reclaimed aesthetic, whilst aiming to establish a tangible relationship between maker and owner.

fenwick_ladders_mainThe final pieces represent a process that allows the public a far greater understanding of the products life cycle.

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Ranging from single pieces (such as this cabinet and table featured in our previous posts) to complex and sophisticated interiors, their dedicated multidisciplinary team, strive to bridge the gap between creativity and engineering.

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Through the considered application of materials, style and a unique approach to the design process Hendzel + Hunt produce innovative and exceptional work.

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BRC Designs: Re-think, Re-purpose, Re-invent

Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, the founder of BRC Designs describes his passion for creating his pieces and affirms that this talent has been a part of him from an early age.

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“Design and Conceptualization has always come naturally to me… For me, the physical act of making an object is just as important as the cognitive evolution of the concept.”

He adds “Luckily, it’s also something that excites me.”

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BRC Designs is a modern studio furniture company that uses the expertise of a number of highly skilled craftsmen from different backgrounds.

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The company makes limited edition objects, one-of-a-kind pieces, and caters for bespoke projects. Benjamin works directly with the materials from the inception of an idea until its completion.

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He emphasises his love of diversity in the design process.

“If I were forced to work with one material, in one style, using only one process, I would be completely miserable.”

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One of the things that struck me immediately about BRC Designs is it’s eclectic style, Benjamin explains that he is energised by the variety of projects he’s involved in. It appears that multitasking is one of his key strengths, as he successfully manages to balance numerous projects while constantly coming up with new ideas.

“Typically I have five to ten pieces in process at the same time and up to twenty concepts that I am developing; therefore, when I am in the studio working on a piece and come to a point where I need to make a design decision or need a break, I can simply move across the room and focus on a different project.”

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He gets his inspiration from second hand/vintage shops, salvage yards and abandoned warehouses. Sometimes these objects act as a basis for an overall design idea and other times they are used as the raw material for the piece.

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He focuses on re-purposing objects and materials to give them a new beginning and a new function.

“My objective is to use materials in such a way that I completely transform their original purpose into something new and innovative.”

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Benjamin achieves this through repetition, arrangement and stripping materials down to their raw essence. He claims that more often than not, the most fascinating aspect of a material lies under its exterior surface. I love tearing things apart to see what interesting parts I can find and wield into something completely unique.

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He aims to create unique pieces by salvaging interesting parts of large items or integrating smaller objects and seeks to dismantle one thing to rebuild it as something entirely different.

“Everyday I am surprised by what materials I stumble across and what ideas pop in my head.”

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BRC Designs is based in Inman, South Carolina and is represented by Industry Gallery, Washington DC

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