You Turn Me Right Round: Vinylux at ArtWalk
This week, ArtWalk is featuring its collection of Jeff Davis' Vinylux line. Davis, who's studio is now located in Germantown, Philadelphia, Penn., creates coasters, ornaments, photo albums, frames, clocks, bowls, and chip and dip platters by reshaping old vinyl records.
The record covers also find new life as cards or covers for sketchbooks. His process maintains the look and feel of the records, including the original labels.
Davis discovered the possibilities of the malleable vinyl record while working on his graduate thesis. Now, he has turned that moldable material into a wide selection of eco-friendly and utilitarian art.
Davis finds his used LPs and 45s in record shops and attics, transforming about 150,000 records a year, nearly 40,000 pounds of old, barely playable vinyl. Davis's studio not only helps the environment by finding a new home and use for the records, the production process is also very green.
The studio uses energy efficient manufacturing, and nothing goes to waste. Any scrap paper from the album covers or sketchbooks is recycled, and the little bits and pieces of vinyl left from cutting out the coasters and ornaments are sent out to a plant in Nashville that can recycle the scraps, making them into new records.
Jeff Davis' vinyl pieces are located on ArtWalk's main level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) Boone, N.C. 28607. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.
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