Before there were 3 mortgages, 13 employees, and 3 children, there was over 10,000 pounds of scrap metal just waiting to be turned into life-sized dinosaurs and metal sculptures in our backyard.
My life has always included unusual artistic pursuits.
As a child, science fairs were won with elaborate, artistic representations of newly discovered galaxies. My high school years were filled with painting murals in public places and private homes. And in college, on a tight budget, designing my own fabric and making clothes was a novel and useful skill.
When my husband and I settled into our professional life in Vermont my curiosity about welding resurfaced from experiences on our family farm. I found an adult welding Vo Tech course at the local high school and wholeheartedly dove in.
The night I picked up a torch and turned cold steel into a molten, swirling wonder, everything around me became fair game as art supplies.
Knowing how to weld makes a creative impulse completely unbounded. I’ve used excavated tree stumps, cow bones, farming equipment and concrete in my sculpture.
In 2010, I began passing the torch (literally) to my 12-year old daughter and after turning a former shed into a full-fledged welding shop, we eventually needed a boom truck to move our ever larger sculptures.
To see what my daughter, Louisa, was able to accomplish from such an early age, visit our work together there at BEaSPARK.com!
She and I discovered together that the best creativity connects disparate things in a way that others find delightful, novel and often very useful!