Basin Reclaimed, Summer Market New & Featured Artisan, Encourages Environmental Sustainability T
Basin Reclaimed started with the idea that two artists, with a passion to transform old objects and materials, could team up, combine talents and create incredible works of art.
FF: Why did you begin your handmade journey?
BR: We both have a need and desire to create. We wanted to be in control of our daily routines and design a lifestyle that corresponds with our values. We recognize how easy it is to lead a disposable lifestyle and wanted to creatively inspire others to be environmentally conscious.
FF: And how did it all begin?
BR: We were both trying to make a go of it on our own, then we stumbled into each other at a local chili festival. We began to discuss our ideas and our passions to create from the old. We had a common interest; use found objects and wasted materials to bring people back to nature. There was an instant realization that we had to combine our talents and work together.
FF: What materials do you work with & why?
BR: The materials we use lead to our current line of goods. We have this passion for old objects and materials and we strive to bring them back to life. We work with Vermont barn wood, roofing slate, airstream aluminum among other materials. We work with these materials because they are incredible; they tell a story. They have notches, tiny worm holes, cracks, and weathering that can only be created from decades of being in the elements. Each tiny fragment of material on its own is a one of a kind work of art.
Our current line of jewelry is created from aluminum from a 1964 Airstream Tradewind travel trailer. We wanted to make good use of the old material that needed to be removed from the trailer. Then we realized we had a perfect solution, jewelry! Every jewelry item is hand painted with nature themed designs, and makes beautifully recycled and wearable artwork.
FF: What inspires your work?
BR: Our work is inspired by the materials we use and the world around us. When repurposing materials, you feel a powerful connection to the work you are making. We take inspiration from nature and take pride in the message we are trying to spread. When others become excited and truly engage in our work and express their interest this also inspires us to keep going.
FF: Any advice for makers and biz entrepreneurs new to our creative community?
BR: Advice we would pass along to makers is simple. Keep creating and putting yourself out there. Have a purpose behind what you are doing. You also have to accept change and constructive feedback as you move forward. Let your workflow change if needed. By allowing your work to change and keeping your mind open, partial ideas will become complete and new and better work will emerge. Always strive to push your boundaries.
FF: What excites you for the future?
BR: The unknown of the journey excites us the most. As we move along we continue to generate new and stronger ideas for future work. We are excited to travel, share and bring this work to new communities and start a conversation about sustainability.
Visit and shop with Jesse and Molly and Basin Reclaimed at Firefly Handmade Summer Market, July 15-16, 10am-4pm, Twenty Ninth Street shopping district, 29th Street (between Canyon & Walnut) Boulder, CO!