One of a Kind: K Maclean
The One of a Kind show in Toronto is a vast, carefully curated, crowded collection of artisans, artists, craftspeople and designers, a world apart from your normal crafts show. Buy Nothing Day didn't make a dent in it as we visited its green section- a small but interesting collection of art and fashion.
K Maclean builds bird feeders from kitchen utensils and vases from muffler heat shields. " I work with obsolescence. My muse lives in the scrap heap and everyday I pray to the goddess Serendipity in the alley of plenty."
"I have been visiting auction houses, yard sales, surplus dealers and combing the streets for urban flotsam for about fifteen years, slowly building up a large "palette" of industrial fittings and generally odd "high tech junk". I look for circular shapes, rusty hardware, and highly crafted components and often the pieces I come across dictate the direction of the sculpture. I get to be an artist, antique dealer, and pack rat all in the same occupation."