Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Retired Records


Karen Dengler

Cincinnati, Ohio

Business Name
Dengler Designs

Describe what you sell.
Functional art made from recycled record albums and the covers. Items include painted record bowl, coasters, wine rack, totes, purses, wrist cuffs and pendant necklaces.

What is your real life like?
I have 3 dogs and 2 cats, all from rescues. I am married for the past 11 years, and have two daughters, my husband is a firefighter. I work part-time as a social worker, currently working with older adults in a mental health treatment program. I facilitate therapy groups.My interest include, hiking, camping, rock climbing I love being outdoors. I also have an organic garden with vegetable and herbs. I also enjoy good wine and hanging out with my friends at home or going to an art opening or new restaurant.

What is your process?
My process is fairly loose, I usually am inspired by an album or cover and make a design that coordinates with it for my bowls and purses. I heat the albums and then cut them to make coasters and pendants. I am experimenting all the time and continue to change my process and I go and learn. I have no special tools that I use. I try to incorporate as much recycled material as I can into a project. For the straps on my purses and totes I recycled belts.

Business Goals and Vision...
Short term is to have enough inventory this year to get through the holiday season. I have been also working on some new designs. My long term goal is to have made 100 different items from the record and it’s cover.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
When You Were Young, by The Killers.

Do you subscribe to any business related blogs, zines or magazines?

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What inspires you?
I am inspired by nature, minimalistic design, influenced by art deco design. I love bands like The Killers, ie: modern rock . I love walking in the forest and get excited by the smell of skunk, horses and fall leaves on a sunny day.

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Kala Pohl Studio said...

Love the concept of recycling and the minimalistic look - thank you for introducing the artist to me.

ChildishThoughts said...

Awesome concept for those old records, very cool and fun.


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