Although Valeri has been selling her art for over 35 years, her turn to reclaimed materials started only a few years ago. She had been unemployed for a while and her desire to make art had not diminished but her budget for supplies had. Most of us can recognize that frustration, By changing her point of view, suddenly TP rolls, junk jewelry, cereal boxes and things most people throw in the garbage become objects of interest.
Learning how to work with all these pieces of “trash” became part of the challenge to get people to change from rolling their eyes to a stunned “One person’s junk IS another person’s treasure” recognition of a truth.
Valeri’s designs are quirky, sophisticated and whimsical. Each of her pieces are made of many things, repurposed items, scraps of old metal, broken jewelry and so much more. “Bringing back to life the old, worn out and discarded, is what makes it all worth while.”
Valeri Darling and Darling Art By Valeri will be at Tables #9 & 10.