We had the good fortune of connecting with Rochelle Reed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rochelle, can you talk us a bit about why you love what you do?
I love repurposed found items from beaches, forests, deserts, rivers, etc…then creating artwork with it. Most of the items are considered litter ie: broken glass, pottery, driftwood, metal that have been aged over time into an usable media. Every found item has history, a story to “tell”, a memory conjuring moment and that is what I enjoy most!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create artwork using items like beach glass, sea pottery, sea shells, coral, pebbles, driftwood, cactus wood, found rusty metal, thorns, etc… These materials are from all over the world allowing me to create unique and custom designs. I’m still working on the professional part since art is in the eye of the beholder. The challenge is creating artwork that people want to hang on their wall. Be open to ideas and suggestions. This is especially important when I am creating a custom artwork since my design might not be the same way the customer envisions it.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I love nature so I would probably taking them hiking in the Superstition Mountains or to Saguaro Lake wild horse watching, Desert Botanical Garden or maybe Sedona. I really don’t go to many restaurants or live the nightlife scene so a quiet coffee shop is more my style.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have 2 influencers in my life. First, was my maternal Grandpa. He was a rock hound and junk collector. We used to travel across the country during the summertime when I was a kid. Every pit stop was an opportunity to grab a pebble or a stick to add to the collection. Second, was my paternal Grandma. She was a rock painter. Beautiful animals, nature scenes and Lake Superior lighthouses all portrayed on the rocks she found. I still treasure the rock village she painted for me back in the early 1980s.