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kimberly willcox’s transformation and a damuse giveaway

Kimberly Willcox is no stranger to transformation.  An artist who creates three dimensional objects from reclaimed materials, she skillfully transforms the discarded into the collected.

Several years ago, after a devastating hurricane and a drawn out professional crisis threatened to destroy her career, Willcox also reinvented herself and began making the one of a kind sculptures she is known for today.

Group of Story Poles, recycled materials
Small 32”-45” Medium 42”-52” Large 50”-60”

“I thought of the splintered cypress staves as a metaphor for the destruction and chaos caused by natural disaster. I was at once consumed with the idea of transforming the metaphor from one of sadness to one of rebirth and resurrection. The weathered pieces of wood have now grown into kinetically alive figures that tell their story of renewal.”

Heart of Gold, from the Staves series
cypress, bronze, stone, steel, brass, 28″ x 8″ x 8″

The Stave sculptures pictured here were created from 72 wooden staves that were once the barrel of a water tower on her property, destroyed by Hurricane Frances.  Willcox describes them as “kinetically alive figures that tell their story of renewal”.

Hello Girl, from the Staves series
cypress, bronze, steel, 22” X  32” X 8”

Ironically, Willcox now shares a common history with her figures. Last month the artist’s studio sustained massive damage in an electrical fire.  I read about the fire and through a Facebook contact I was able to get in touch with Kimberly to see if there was a way we could help. Speaking to her it became clear that she has a strong will, the spirit of a warrior and a powerful drive to make art. Please visit her website to see more of the Staves sculptures and many other portfolios.

Kimberly Willcox in her booth at Ann Arbor, Michigan, before news of the fire

When we spoke, she shared the upside of this latest challenge: her sculptures were spared because she was at a show in Ann Arbor when the fire tore through the Florida studio – she had most of her inventory with her. She also told me that no matter what happens, her creativity can never be taken from her –  not by a hurricane, not by the hand of unscrupulous business people and not by a fire. Strong woman. Wonderful artist.  Powerful spirit.

daMuse Giveaway

I’m giving away $150.00 worth of books to one person. Keep reading to find out how to enter this giveaway…

Insurance will only cover a fraction of the cost to replace the machines and tools Willcox and partner (in life and art) Kevin Nordhausen lost in the fire.

You can help.  Make a donation (click here) to help Kimberly replace some of her machines and tools so that she can get back to work.

In July, an electrical fire destroyed Willcox’s Florida studio

After you make a donation toward Kimberly’s machines and tools (right here), come back and leave a comment on this post to let me know that you made a donation. That’s all you have to do to enter this giveaway.

You can find a list of the books in the giveaway package here.

The comments on this post will remain open until Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Midnight (EST). I will use a random number generator to pick a winner and I will announce the winner on Monday, August 23, 2010.

Give $5 if that’s all you have.  Give more if you can.  Every little bit helps.  Spread the word.  Share this post on your Facebook page, add a link to it on your blog, email the post to your friends.  Together we can help get Kimberly back to work making art.

Beep, Beep, cypress, bronze, steel, 31″ X 23″ X  8”

Donate HERE
List of books in giveaway package HERE

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61 Responses to kimberly willcox’s transformation and a damuse giveaway

  1. Although this giveaway has ended,donations are still being accepted on Kimberly’s donation page (you can find the link above, in this post).

    Please feel free to host your own giveaway to help Kimberly or share a link to this post on your Facebook, blog or Twitter accounts.

    Heartfelt thanks to all who made a donation. Your generosity is deeply appreciated!

  2. I just donated to this cause through paypal.
    I would have donated after reading your article and seeing the damage even if you weren’t having a giveaway. I think what you’re doing is great and I hope that your efforts illicit a lot of donations even after the giveaway has ended.

    If we don’t take care of each other who will?

    Thanks for the opportunity to help,

  3. Dear fellow artists, friends and Susan…I am so touched by the support and kindness you are showering me with during this difficult time. In the wildest dreams of my creative soul I never visualized myself in this predicament. The vast hole of black charred emptiness will find light…in time…I will rise like a phoenix from the ashes! As Susan mentioned, I do have most of my sculptures still intact…They are all available for sale. My email is kimberlywillcoxart@gmail.com Thank you…from the bottom of my heart and soul…
    Kimberly Willcox

  4. I made a donation…I think this is a super way to get people together to do what they can to help her out. Her sculptures are great! I know that a lot of people feel like they can’t donate that much – but, by doing it this way, all of the “little bits” can add up to something much larger.

  5. I just donated. The pictures of her sculpture made me smile and that was worth a small contribution. 😉 I am sending positive thoughts and believe that everything will come straight soon.

  6. Kimberly is very gifted. I have donated and have posted on FB as well. Will keep her in prayer. Very sweet of you to post this for Kimberly. I can’t imagine what she is going through but if everyone stretches out their hand to offer help financially…that is something.

  7. As you say – every little bit helps. I’m so grateful that she had the bulk of her stock with her. I hope that is only a short time before she gets back to making in earnest again.

  8. It was with joy that I donated to these wonderful artists. I only wish I could give more, but putting a new roof on our house this summer pretty much broke OUR bank. Hopefully there will be enough funds to help them get started on a new studio.

  9. thanks for letting us know about this. I love seeing artist coming together to help each other out. I donated and hope the support will help Kimberly get back into the studio soon. I’ve been a fan of her work for a long time.

  10. Kimberly,

    Best of luck too you. I hope our donation helps. There is so much love coming your way.. I think if we all re-post this on our FB pages every day it will really help spread the news!
    Gotta love daMuse!

    gabs schneider…

  11. Kimberly’s sculpture is amazing…I felt compelled to donate to help her to rebuild. She will need much support and I think it’s wonderful that you have set this up. I send positive vibes her way and wish her well as she begins this adventure.

  12. I haven’t got much to donate at all – but this story broke my heart – I can’t imagine if the same were to happen to my studio – disaster! I have donated the little I can. And this is a great idea by the way! I hope we all make a fantastic difference – though it will be thanks to DaMuse!

  13. What fabulous sculpture Kimberly! “There by the grace of God go I.” This could happen to any of us that work with electrical equipment and gases (I’m a jeweler). Best of luck in your renewal!

  14. Susan, I am so happy to see you feature Kimberly. I have been lucky enough to see her sculptures in person a couple of times and pictures don’t do them justice. They are alive with an incredible spirit that I think comes from both the weatherworn materials that Kimberly uses but also her ability to see the spirit inside that longs to come out. I will donate soon and send another note. Kimberly is an amazing artist and wonderful to talk to in person as well.

  15. Thanks to Kathi G for putting this on Facebook! And thanks to you, Susan, for making us all aware of another artist’s need.

    I made a donation, and I also followed your suggestion to put a note about this on my website and blog: I put a link to your post in the sidebar on each one, so that when I make other posts, the link to your site stays up.

    Cat Therien

  16. oh holy hell, the studio picture is devastating. Thank goodness her stock was with her. I don’t have the funds to donate but I can and will send lots of positive energy her way. I have a feeling the studio will be up and running sooner then expected.

    Thank you Susan, for getting the word out. I will gladly share on FB and twitter.

  17. I donated. Thanks for making it so easy with the PayPal button and for bringing it to our attention. Her work is just amazing and hopefully your readers can help her get her studio back into working order quickly.
    I love your blog! Such wonderful examples of beautiful art.

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