I love hardware stores. As a little girl, I would accompany my father on his errands and get lost in the aisles imagining all the things I could make from the bits and pieces I came across. Since that time, hardware stores have been the inspiration for many of the mixed-media sculptures I create.
I see the beauty in common objects and hope that others will too. I use everyday items like steel nuts, washers, vinyl plumbing tubing, clamps and coke cans and transform them into something entirely different from their intended purpose. Through this metamorphosis, I try to draw the viewer in to take a closer look at materials and objects that ordinarily go unnoticed and see them in a new light.
I am drawn to the disciplines of Contemporary Fiber Art, Metal Work and Beadwork. The mixing of traditional techniques with nontraditional materials is a contrast that I hope provokes a closer examination of materials and subject matter. Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch