Rust Bucket Workshop is a sculptor who works with found items. These can be found on the street, salvaged from scrap yards, discovered in boxes of unwanted miscellany at auction houses or from house clearances.
There is a power and a purpose in lost things. All they need is love – and rescuing from a potentially hellish future in landfill.
Just as artist My Dog Sighs, who curated this special edition of the magazine, built his Free Art Fridays around works produced with discarded street finds, so creative people across the world are using their talents to reuse, repurpose, recycle and revive lost and abandoned objects and materials. It’s good for the planet and good for the soul.
“I feel that I give life to forgotten, broken and unwanted objects,” says artist Rust Bucket Workshop, aka Hayley Walker. “I work intuitively. So most of it feels like playtime.
“I’m very much led by the object. I see these objects for their colour, texture and shape, but I gravitate to pieces that hold a certain amount of age, that already lived a life before they came to me.
“By assembling these lost pieces, past stories are combined to create new ones. I don’t disguise or excuse the parts that I use. I celebrate each knock or dent. It gives the pieces character. Somehow, they have a bit of heart.”