Make your work your play. I am a 16-year-old in the 11th grade at James River High School in Virginia. When I was in an 8th grade science fair, I studied the melting points of metals and made my first sculpture with aluminum that I had collected. I loved the process of making these items, their artistic shapes, and that they came from...well...trash.
The next year I started high school, but my world was completely changed by COVID 19. My school completely closed and I no longer got to hang out with my friends, play sports, or frankly do anything. In the Fall of my 10th grade year we went back to school, but in a virtual setting. The only safe way I could see my friends was outside, which was ok, but then it got cold. Sitting around a bonfire, my mind went back to my handmade forge and making pieces from reclaimed materials that were destined for the landfill. RYcycled was born!
In December of 2020 I participated in my first art show at an outdoors art market in Richmond, Virginia. It was great! I talked to so many people that were interested in what I was doing, cared about the environment, and liked my art!