A young creative is advocating waste reduction and upcycling or creative reuse by making artworks out of tin cans.
Artist Jc Enon never thought at first tin cans could be his art medium, not until two months ago when there was a need for him to think outside the box. His wife was at a hospital laboring for their first born.
“One time, my wife gave birth to our first child so I need more cash to pay the hospital. I was drinking a beverage in can when a creative idea popped. I made it an art on the spot,” he recounted to Palawan News on Monday.
It was a miniature bicycle. And, thank goodness, it was sold the next day! From then on, he has created more art pieces from bicycles to motorcycles, tricycles and whatnots.
Enon said he hasn’t experienced difficulty in finding tin cans so far, as during the Baragatan festivity he approached food stall owners to gather them for him.
“I talked to them and they agreed in exchange for my artworks. So I did not actually buy them, we just swapped,” said Enon, who’s also a painter.
That little act of collecting tin cans instead of throwing them to trash bins, he believes, goes a long way when it comes to waste reduction.
“It may be a small act. But for the environment, it means a lot. Through that you somehow taught them to have this sense of initiative to segregate their wastes,” he added.
On the idea of upcycling, he said: “Things that we usually take no notice are sometimes the ones of great value.”
“For people to see the value of seemingly ordinary things, you need to make something new out of it,” he emphasized.
The emerging artist, however, believes he has a long way to go to master his newfound craft. Practice makes perfect after all.
“A philosopher once said you can be the best in things that you do over and over again. So you must love what you do, and do what you love,” he said.
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