Specialty: Repurposing old plastics to art.
Experience: 10+ years
Interview with creative Harry Arling
Harry Arling is an artist through and through: a true creative. He is also a huge fan of Dremel. So, it is high time to ask him some questions!
“I create 'kosmotronics' – which are works of art made from plastic waste. My work ranges from little water pistols to dust busters and from hard hats to big plastic Easter eggs – every last little bit of plastic is put to good use. People don't always believe that my works of art are made almost entirely from plastic. But they are!”
“That depends. Sometimes I'm commissioned to produce a work of art, in which case the final product will depend on what my client wants. For example, I was once asked to turn a hard hat into a hanging work of art. The client wanted the shape of the hard hat to be recognisable, but for the ultimate piece to be intended for a very different use. That was a fun challenge.
People often give me material, or I'll find it somewhere. Sometimes, I'll have it lying around in a corner somewhere for half a year before I finally get round to using it. Because a lot of my pieces are quite small, my preferred equipment to use is a Dremel multi-tool with a flexible shaft. I find this attachment a lot more versatile and manageable than other tools.”
Harry telling us more about his art
We asked Harry how he comes up with his ideas and where he gets his inspiration from. Watch the video here:
Do you have any tips that you'd like to share?
“I discovered, by coincidence, that polishing works very well with soft plastics. However, soft plastic melts faster, so it’s wise to use a slower rotation speed. The polishing wheel creates a soft and smooth surface, because of which paint sticks easier too. A great way to kill two birds with just one stone!”
What's the best reaction you've ever had to your works of art?
“That was during the Florence Biennale. I really wanted to be part of the event, but you have to pay to exhibit there. Thanks to crowdfunding, I was eventually able to participate and exhibit two works of art as it would cost more to exhibit a third piece. I decided to opt for a different approach, I wore one of my works of art: a kosmotronic hard hat! The event was attended by a total of 450 artists, but within no time at all, everyone was talking about my hard hat. It was a real conversation starter! That was quite a smart thing to do, even if I do say so myself. Ha-ha.”