Actually, Sandy MacKenzie is a former coworker, but I do still work with her husband, Duncan. Sandy and I worked together for 11 years until she decided to spend more time with her elementary age children back in the late 1990’s. Once her children were older, Sandy needed some sort of creative outlet to occupy her time and she began making jewelry, of which I have been the recipient of and was delighted to wear her creations. Also, Sandy has always been one to take different classes and keep learning. One day she noticed an article in the paper about a welding instructor at Mountain View College (part of the Dallas County Community College District). She went to talk to this instructor and signed up for classes. Just to let you know, Mountain View is a far drive from Sandy’s house so I know she had to be curious and is now very committed to creating art via welding! Following are two examples of the art Sandy has created through welding (an atypical art I would have never expected her to be involved in):
Bird with Fish:
–Click to enlarge all of the photos. Note the recycled materials used.
These two pieces are going to be on display at the State Fair of Texas later in the fall so look for them in or near the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium at the Texas Discovery Gardens.
Also, Sandy’s welding instructor at Mountain View is Dewayne Roy and he has written a book entitled Welding for Arts and Crafts.
My previous Creative Coworker edition spotlighted photographer Tom Marusa.