Amy Hart Designs, Charlotte, NC
I am a found object metal sculptor. I enjoy making things that are inspired by nature… animals, flowers and abstract organic shapes. When I was a little girl my father insisted that we take our trash to the dump rather than pay for curbside pickup. I was the only one of my friends who knew where the dump was and what it looked like. There were so many treasures at the dump. All of the local manufacturers discarded their trash at the same dump. When we were there, I was allowed to take scraps of leather from the shoe company truck. There were also plastic molded seconds thrown away. The amount of cool things seemed endless. I would come home and make things from all my finds. At the time, it was just a fun way to pass time living in a small rural town in Upstate New York.
More recently, I find myself dumpster diving in Mecklenburg and Montgomery Counties in North Carolina. I also enjoy day trips to any of the local scrap yards that will have me.