coin tools the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber
 
coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber
feb 06, 2012

coin tools the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber

‘the craftsmen series – wrench’ by stacey lee webber pennies L14″ x H5″ x W1.5″ all photos by joseph leroux

american artist stacey lee webber likes playing with money. she has sent us images of her latest works ‘the craftsmen series’ and ‘the craftsmen series: silver collection’ whereby she manipulates american coins into basic instruments, bringing new value and meaning to loose change.

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series – clamp’ pennies L14″ x H5″ x W1.5″

‘the craftsmen series’ looks to contemporary american society, and the notion that pennies have become coins that are often discarded, or rarely used as currency. webber takes the copper change and meddles with it to produce basic workingman’s tools, glorifying not only the object but also the material from which it is made. bringing together the labor of craft with traditional blue-collar work, the collection of monetary works remind us of a simpler way of life.

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series – mallet’ pennies L14″ x H5″ x W1.5″

 

 

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series: silver collection – plumb bob’ silver mercury dimes L10″ x H8″ x W4″

‘the craftsmen series: silver collection’ was influenced by the act of coin collecting. for these pieces, the artist has used rare change to produce the objects, making them a more precious and sought after commodity. the use of valuable coinage evolving into these traditional tools elevates the final works into sacred pieces. 

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series: silver collection – saw’ silver dimes, silver quarters L22″ x H6″ x W1″

 

 

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series: silver collection – keyhole saw’ brass, silver dimes, silver quarters L13″ x H4″ x W1″

 

 

coin tools   the craftsmen series by stacey lee webber ‘the craftsmen series – shovels’ brass, pennies L10″ x H60″ x W5″

  • Stacey : Best craftmanship … ! Reminds me of the space between art and craft . Sometimes like here the balance is more on the craft area. After having such wonderful ability you could practically express any material idea or not … Thanks for sharing procedures we could learn to teach students new uses of coins … !

    jairo acero
  • I would like to purchase the plumb bob from you–please reply–thanks–Doug

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  • as a craftsmen and artist I salute You The workmanship and the message implied in your work is way cool

    FJR
  • Got to buy these for our artisans!!! Nice work Stacey 😉

    Joao Lopes

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