A Mighty Welder

Apr 19, 2012

Metal artist Erika Koivunen at work with her welder
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What does it take to spot the hidden life in an object many of us would view as junk?

According to Madison-based metal artist Erika Koivunen, it takes imagination, creativity...and a mighty welder.

Lake Effect’s material culture contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to Koivunen in her studio, as she finds new uses for old objects in art she creates.

Fields is a material culture student at UW-Madison, and she produces and curates the series, "It's A Material World." That project is funded by the Chipstone Foundation, a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.