Breathing new life into scrap
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.