Meet upcycled metal artist Keith Lynn, a wonderful example of a successful upcycling artistic business venture.
The talented 41 year old Keith Lynn is an upcycled metal artist based in South Shields, between Sunderland and Newcastle. In April 2014 Keith swapped his day job to pursue his artwork full time.
“I’ve only been doing this for 9 months and I can’t believe how popular it’s become in such a short period of time”
A few years ago Keith purchased the tools he needed to restore an old VW beetle for his wife. After spending a year on this project he found himself with a weld set, plasma cutter and many other tools that were no longer needed. This led to experimenting with scrap metal that was to hand and it all grew from there.
Keith does have a background in metal work, having begun his career 25 years ago undertaking a four year apprenticeship as a welder and fabricator. For the creative side of his business however he is entirely self taught having no formal art training. Keith has a wonderful eye for detail and a fantastic imagination, which coupled with his metal working skills enable him to create beautiful upcycled pieces.
His designs range from simple butterflies and various other animals and insects to more detailed models of tanks and aeroplanes.
The range even includes full size guitars which are proving very popular. We love the attention to detail, such as the wing nuts for head tuning keys.
The first thing Keith ever made was a little robot dog but his personal favourites are his motorbikes and bird table.
All of the pieces are welded together, constructed from scrap metal donated by local bike shops, garages and factories. All of the elements used would have otherwise been discarded. Keith has recently seen an increase in donations of old tools, often sent from complete strangers, inspired by Keith’s upcycling and preferred method of reuse as oppose to disposal.
The most popular items are owls and clocks as well as the afore mentioned guitars. The future of the business is directed towards more personal pieces, fuelled by the increase Keith has experienced for commissioned work.
Visit Keiths shop in the EcoCreate marketplace Visit Shop
Keith’s creations can also be found online through his website www.klmetalart.co.uk and at various fairs and markets, follow him on Facebook to keep up to date with his latest projects and events www.facebook.com/klmetalart