Upcycling Barbed Wire, Rebar & Rusted Wires

Kathy Hermsen calls her folk art “Primitive Penny-wise”.  By nature a minimalist, coupled with a frugal tendency, her work is a fusion of new and recycled material to create primitive folk art. Having taken inspiration from her Grandmother Keitie’s soapmaking, Kathy’s soap has included a host of non-traditional ingredients such as ginseng, silk, beer, and wine. For the wine and beer drinkers, take a deep breath, calm yourself.  The beer and wine she has used was not palatable for drinking.  Continuing with the primitive theme, other works include: wet and needle felting with locks and roving wool, early American wool penny rugs and canvas floor cloth. Lastly, shaping rusted chicken and barbed wire into yard art. Kathy would like to have an informal interaction with WAM Fest attendees rather than a formal presentation.