Having grown up in the Seattle area, Amelia Sherritt finds inspiration in her city as well as the surrounding beauty of Washington State, her art being a direct reflection of that influence. She studied Art History at the University of Washington and has been making art through various mediums for years. Her focus of creating recycled art started in 2007 and the palate of her work relies solely on the foils from emptied wine bottles, glued on hand-built wood blocks.
She has made over 400 wine foil pieces to date and works to create new ideas and commissions alike. Each piece of art contains hundreds, if not thousands of recycled wine foils which need to be cut, prepped and smashed before being utilized for her work. Even then it takes hours of hand detailing to complete a single piece. Most of her materials come from local tasting rooms, restaurants and friends contributing something that represents so much more than just recycled art.
"I think of how each foil represents a memory or experience shared. Who hasn't had a laugh over a bottle of wine with a friend? People love wine, people love art so it just makes sense that they mix well together."
Her love for animals, nature, color and eclectic themes make for an intriguing mix of whimsy and realism. Along with texture, color also plays a vital role in her work as she does not use any paint or pigment in her art. Amelia believes that taking everyday, unwanted materials to make art forces us to recognize the beauty that can come from turning trash into treasure.
"By re-purposing these foils, I am able to make what would normally be thrown away into something long lasting and beautiful."