The Sound of Chimes

Twisted Metals
Twisted Metals

An inspiring artist with a mind that bears witness to new creations “born” from inspiration, Starr revels in the natural environment. “Having discovered from childhood a surreal language of artistic form,” Starr realized her view of the world was different. It was an extension of this one into an alternate reality where, empowered, she explores her creative side taking someone else’s trash and making it into “treasured forms.” By trade a graphic designer and photographer, Starr decided nine years ago it was time to widen her horizon and picked up metal working and woodworking skills.

Twisted Metals, is the up-cycling business Starr began in her back yard after her husband’s job relocated the family to North Carolina.  Derived out of a need to fight the rising costs of child care, Starr’s hobby of “tinkering” soon became a booming business with current works available for purchase from about 30 different retail locations worldwide, at Patina Home and Gifts, and on etsy.com.

Her story is an interesting one.  As a child growing up, the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains were her stomping grounds.  Not a girlie girl, she didn’t enjoy playing dress up and having tea with her dollies.  She loved playing in creek beds catching bugs and “critters” and engineering objects made from Legos or anything else she could find.

Neva Star of Twisted Metals
Neva Star of Twisted Metals

Because the natural world is an important aspect of her work, Starr spends a lot of time hiking and kayaking looking for the odd piece of driftwood or naturally shed moose antler needed to complete a piece.  Vintage silver plated flatware from the 1800’s is used to make her one-of-a-kind Spoonfish Chimes, jewelry, ornaments, and other oddities, so Starr scourers antique markets and art shows looking to buy vast amounts.  

Each piece is handcrafted and unique.  By using antique spoons, Starr’s pieces tell a story.  She explains that “they get to speak a history” rather than be discarded, destroyed, and forgotten. “I have a passion for making art that will last for generations to come.”  Days are long, usually working 8-10 hours a day, seven days a week.  But the job isn’t boring; it includes many perks allowing her husband, Joe, and their children to join her on these adventures.

Experimenting with different types of media is something Starr has always done and enjoyed.  Encouraged by her husband, Starr tries her hand in what most consider a traditionally male dominated art.  With one liners like “Life’s short, Weld in heels” to “Silly Boys; Power tools are for Girls” Starr’s determination is not taken lightly.    If she doesn’t have the skill set to complete a project, she “sets out to learn it.”  Her approach to art constantly evolves and grows; it’s an extension of self.  “I have the ability to simply look at an everyday object, to see its true potential while looking past what it is but more importantly seeing what it can become,” explains Starr.  

Neva Welding
Neva Welding

Her pieces range from Spoonfish chimes, moose antler and driftwood chimes as large as six feet across to nautical items, vintage spoon jewelry and ornaments, rustic items, unique garden décor, living walls, rare plants and even custom made items. Twisted Metals is all about new creations.  “I am constantly adding to and evolving my shop,” says Starr.  As the spring and summer seasons approach, she will begin incorporating new and unique sources.  “I love doing this,” says Starr.  “I love getting out there with my hands and creating these new things.”  Twisted Metals is not only a business, but it’s a world where Starr can combine her love of nature first experienced as a child running through the hills of Virginia with other like-minded individuals who realize the importance of nature and its simplicity and for those new to this type of art who also seek to connect with nature.
See Neva’s work online at www.etsy.com/shop/nevastarr