Explore how to create Furniture Originating from Recycled Material and Signage. Students learn basic sheet metal fabrication techniques as well as cold connection techniques to create unique joinery. These techniques are then applied to recycled aluminum traffic signs. Participants ideate through sketching and prototypes and then fabricate a final, full-scale sculptural or furniture object made from recycled street and traffic signs.
Students use cardboard and/or Bristol board to develop prototypes. Final forms are made from recycled aluminum traffic signs, copper wire, rivets, self-clinching fasteners and screws. To achieve finished work, students saw, hand file and hand finish as well as cold connect using rivets, hardware, wire and tabs.
The workshop explores the challenges of working with recycled aluminum material. The daily routine is made up of demonstrations, followed by group discussions and mini-assignments. Discussion during and after the processes helps to round out studio time. Participants are encouraged to finish one object.
Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained goldsmith working as a contemporary metalsmith in Providence, RI. He was interviewed for the Smithsonian Institution’s “Archives of American Art: Oral History Project”. His work has received prestigious awards, been included in numerous international exhibitions and is featured in prominent museum collections.