Women who weld are a rare breed of badass, and I'm one of them. After an 8-year tenure building, engineering, and designing stage scenery in the Minneapolis/St. Paul theater scene I decided it was time to make art on my own terms. I returned to my home state of Iowa in 2008 and set up shop. Since then I've been populating outdoor spaces and fine interiors with my work.
MIG welded steel is my primary medium. I am as comfortable designing and building with new materials as I am improvising with reclaimed steel. When I’m designing with a Prairie School aesthetic, the ratio Phi, or anything heavily geometric, I rely on CAD drafting and new steel to realize my vision. These pieces are intended to feel refined and offer the viewer a medium for contemplation, reflection, and inspiration. Other pieces start in the junk yard. Salvaged materials allow me to create art and fine furnishings which speak to the object’s past while inviting the viewer to re-imagine what is possible.
Cara Briggs Farmer