Garden Luminaria

Garden Luminaria

Night Light FernWe’d be irresponsible gardeners to not think about our effect on the environment within our own backyards. Experienced Materials vows to assist us in this effort as they craft gorgeous lanterns, garden lights and mobiles-from recycled materials. Please meet owner Gina Nash.

Flora-How in the world did you get started making these?

Gina– I have been using found and re-used pieces in my work since college at Davis. I was doing larger sculpture then and felt that each piece spoke of its own history. When I placed them together they spoke of a different, yet communal story. After college I was back in the restaurant business (I had been a professional cook for ten years before returning to school) and I was watching these cans go out the back door, cast-off, used and free. I saw a resource and a chance to work with an object that had already passed through so many hands. Lanterns and luminaria were born of a torch, and an old can in my rental garage.

Flora– How has your product been received?

Gina– I started showing my work via the group Cracked Pots and the Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon, and the response has been great. Transformation is my passion. I want it to take you a heart beat or two before your eye realizes it is gazing at a recycled product.

Flora– Your lanterns are really beautiful. I would never know they were made with recycled materials by just looking at them.

Gina-They cast pictures on your walls and walkways.

Flora– That they do. I can see them as part of an entire landscaping picture for gardens and yards.

Gina– I hope that the magical charm of the tin can continues. The line has expanded beyond the reused tin can to include recycled steel.  I am making the mobiles from this recycled sheet steel and some are five feet long.

Flora– Any special promotions during the Show?

Gina– Yes, I am having a special on my string lights. They have always been my best sellers and I will have the classic twelve foot string at a great price. 

Visit Experienced Materials at Booth #2435.

Visit Ask Jasmine for tips on setting up and manning a successful show garden.

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