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.