It’s time for spring cleaning and Elsa Dye is waiting for her friends to call her. She’s happy to take all those decorative metal tins that seem to be everywhere holding treats during the Christmas season. How many do YOU have in your attic/basement/garage?
Elsa first started experimenting with creating jewelry from repurposed decorative tins about five years ago. Since she always loved tins because of the wide variety of lovely patterns that they come in, Elsa wanted to make something that celebrated that.
Getting more serious to learn her art medium better, she further developed her tin jewelry by takings classes in traditional metalworking. Elsa reports , “Taking classes helped me refine my techniques and gave me new ideas to explore in my designs.”
And Elsa appreciates something more about what she is able to produce. “One of the reasons that I love working with reclaimed goods is because of the the history of the material. It feels good to have an appreciation for a discarded item that has already led a useful life, and to be able to reshape it into something brand new so that it can continue on!”
Elsa also loves the ever changing variety of the material. While she has developed her style for the repurposed tin jewelry, “no two pieces are ever the same because I am always finding tins with new colors and patterns. In a world where many things are designed to be exactly duplicated, it is really special to be able to make unique items that are the only one of their kind in the whole world. “
One amazing aspect of the McMinnville Recycled Arts Festival IS the uniqueness of the art produced by Elsa and the other artists. This is a golden opportunity to think of that special person in your life…..not only is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up soon, but with some careful consideration, you can find an amazing gift for the graduate, the bride and groom, and even for your holiday gift giving.
Elsa Dye and Elsa Dye Handmade Jewelry can be found at Table #28.