These North Texas craftspeople transform discarded materials into works of art*
Some days it’s hard to remember when “sustainable design” wasn’t a part of our lexicon. When you look beyond large-scale LEED Certified construction and recycled materials, you’ll find artisans who love to get down and dirty, salvaging items in steel yards, thrift shops, and warehouses to produce items that are completely different.
An American flag made from bike chains by Re-Geared. Photo courtesy of ReGeared.
Rachel Spire is the co-owner and artist behind ReGeared, along with co-owner and collaborator Lauren Lay. Behind them stands ReGeared’s team of carpenters, finishers, and artists, who source materials like barn wood, bicycle chains and rims, 55-gallon drums, oil field pipes, drill bits, shipping pallets, and found objects to create unique, sustainable one-off designs. You can browse their shop in the Dallas Design District.
SEASON 2 UNLIMITED
Season 2 Unlimited creates elegant accessories for the wine lover. Photo courtesy of Season 2 Unlimited
Steven Tomlin focuses on reusing materials that are close to one of his loves: wine. As co-owner of Season 2 Unlimited, Tomlin salvages wine barrels headed to landfills to build wine racks, candle holders, and more from gracefully curved barrel segments. As he says, it’s awesome to build an heirloom-quality piece out of stuff destined for the landfill.
Only naturally shed antlers are used in MadAntler’s trendy art pieces. Photo by Morgan Gauntt Photography
Looking for a creative outlet separate from her nursing career, Madlyn Lackey founded MadAntler after a pit stop in Stephenville, Texas. Salvaging antlers from her family’s ranches near Christoval, Texas, Lackey puts a spin on the antler decor trend by wrapping antlers in soft flex craft wire of different colors and gauges.
Artwork by R&R Designworks provides a feast for the eyes. Photo courtesy of R&R Designworks
Sarah Reiss creates stunning pieces that are as much works of art as they are functional. She works out of her one-woman design studio to create artwork from salvaged materials; bowling-alley lanes, old gym flooring, and tree stumps are just some of the materials Reiss uses to craft distinctive decor pieces.
FLOWER CHILD PLANTS
Salvaged tins planted with an assortment of succulents from Flower Child Plants. Photo courtesy of Flower Child Plants
Owner Cynthia Koogler sources vintage or discarded items from garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets in Texas, and driftwood from Arkansas waterways, Colorado ranches, and the deserts of New Mexico to create visually interesting pieces that bring the outside in. Flower Child Plants specializes in botanicals with a touch of whimsy.
A rustic sliding door by Stash Design. Photo courtesy of STASH DESIGN
Gary Buckner, artist and owner behind Stash, focuses on green building and sustainable craftsmanship, constructing pieces for residential or commercial spaces throughout DFW. Scrap metal, pallet wood, salvaged brick, wine boxes, milk crates, and rebar are just a fraction of the reclaimed materials that Buckner uses. See his work at The Foundry, Chicken Scratch, and Oddfellows, or his store on Greenville Avenue.
*These artists are in no way affiliated with The Arrangement.