Mixed Nuts

Mixed Nuts, photographs on fabric and chair © Tom Van Stone

Mixed Nuts, photographs on fabric and chair © Tom Van Stone

Tom Van Stone – For most of my adult life, my creative energy has been put into repurposing discarded materials, but somehow my photography had remained mostly traditional.  Trying to have my photographic work more represent this quality, and through the convoluted process of trying to finish my MFA, I ended up printing photographs on fabric, quilting them with old shirts of mine and using these fabrics to upholster old furniture.  This piece, titled “Mixed Nuts” has undergone an artistic critique by our cat, but otherwise still serves its purpose as a chair in our living room.

Tom Van Stone has been teaching photography for twenty years and spends a great deal of his spare time messing around with junk and building stuff with it.