Breath­ing new life into scrap

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE will be able to turn re­cy­cled ob­jects into imag­i­na­tive sculp­tures dur­ing a work­shop at the Man­ning Men’s Shed in Au­gust.

Glen For­rest painter and sculp­tor Neil El­liot is run­ning the Sculp­ture from Scrap for the City of South Perth’s Evolve pro­gram.

“The work­shop will be fo­cussed on up­cy­cled or re­cy­cled items and I’ll ask the par­tic­i­pants to bring some wood or light met­als,” he said.

“I’ll avoid weld­ing but I’ll be teach­ing some ba­sic wood­work and met­al­work tech­niques.

“It’s a bit like a jig­saw puz­zle; what­ever they bring in they can use. I’m an artist and not a car­pen­ter, so the work­shop is only go­ing to fo­cus on some skills.

“It’s go­ing to be fun. I learn as much from the par­tic­i­pants as they do from me.”

El­liot said he had run work­shops around WA and found it to be a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My favourite work­shop was in Wick­epin, where I worked with farm­ers and other peo­ple to cre­ate the Wick­epin Bird park, which meant at­tach­ing the bird sculp­tures to power poles,” he said.

“An arts lec­turer once told me I’d never be a com­plete artist un­less I could cre­ate things in 3D, so once I had a stu­dio space that was big enough I started do­ing it.”

Artist Neil El­liot is invit­ing peo­ple to his work­shop.

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