A recurring theme has surfaced in the Artists Marketplace at the Utah Arts Festival: If it's made of metal, there's a good chance it was something else once.
For John Zimmerman of Ridgway, Colo., silverware becomes sculpture. At Fat Cat Studio in Taylor, Texas, vintage tins become earrings and necklaces. Devin Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., turns all manner of salvaged metal coins, license plates, car parts into jewelry. And Kelly Phipps of Hood River, Ore., cuts detailed filigree patterns into shovel blades, a wheelbarrow and the hood of an old tractor.
Why metal? "Probably because it lasts longer," said Zimmerman, who has created a cactus out of fork blades and a "spoon-apple" a pineapple made from spoons.