If you’re seeking the unusual, the quirky or something that is simply a conversation starter then “One Rustic Bird” can deliver.
“One Rustic Bird” is a home-based business producing inspired pieces of recycled art, fashioned from everything from rusty corrugated iron to discarded sprockets.
The creativity, which fluctuates from the whacky to the wonderful, flows from the ingenuity of Janine Tyler.
Janine, as you may imagine, exudes flair and her colourful creations are only matched by her colourful personality complete with raucous laugh.
And the lady does laugh a lot.
“Getting up every day and immersing myself in my art is what makes me happy. The fact that people like what I create is a bonus.
“One Rustic Bird” took flight about five years ago when Janine and husband Michael were on holiday.
“I was going to second-hand shops and places selling creative art made from recycled materials and I just wanted to buy the lot,” she said.
“I decided then that when I got home I would have a go at producing these types of items myself.”
Janine admits she much prefers working with a pair of tin snips and carpentry tools than washing and ironing or pushing a vacuum cleaner.
“That’s what husbands are for,” she says and again bursts into a bout of that infectious laughter.
“Look, it’s a hobby that got totally out of control. I tell people it’s hand-made, home-made recycled rustic garden art.
“They are garden conversation starters. Every garden can use a little art to boost its interest and add a further dimension.
“I source materials through friends, second-hand shops or even the local tip recycle shops.
“I do draw a bit so it’s nothing for me to come up with an idea in the middle of the night and make a sketch that I can hardly wait to start making,” Janine said.
Janine does draw a lot of inspiration from nature with possums, owls, butterflies, chickens, birds and flowers regularly featuring on her designs.
She believes it’s great that art can be used to make the old, and perhaps the unwanted, live again. To have recycled materials and to reinvent them to some degree so they again find a practical use.
Some of Janine’s work can be viewed on her Facebook page by searching for one rustic bird.
Her designs are sold from her home at Gordons Road, Alloway by appointment (0477 729 221) or contact by email email@example.com.
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