Angie, 43, Salvaged Materials Artist
Hi, I’m Angie, the Junkyard Farmgirl.
I have an extensive background in agriculture, and I create functional decor and art from salvaged materials. My soul jam is creating custom metal art on demand right there in front of the customer. When I’m not creating art with my plasma cutter and welders, I’m salvaging metal and wooden materials and creating in my workshop at my homestead in rural southwest Missouri.
Catch me creating live in 2023 at The Junk Ranch (www.thejunk ranch.net) June 2-3; at Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival Sept. 15-Oct. 28; or, at my studio on the town square in Lamar Missouri on select dates.
What services do I offer?
CUSTOM ORDERS: I create custom orders for folks all the time. We work together to design your piece, and after the details are laid out and a deposit is put down, I get started. I require 3 weeks lead time before delivery.
METAL WORKSHOPS: I teach others how to weld, use a plasma cutter, operate wood shop tools, solder, weave, quilt, and a lot of other fun trades. My standard metal workshop is a 4-hour course for $160, during which you learn to cut and weld metal to create the art piece of your choice. Half the fun is digging through my junk stash to find your parts and pieces to make your project. I offer private time slots for all the other handcrafts as well.
MAKERS’ WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday nights at my studio, I host free time for working on non-metals crafting projects. It’s a great time hanging out with other creators. Some of us crochet, embroider, quilt, woodcraft, design stencils on the computer, make stained glass, make wooden signs, repair and paint furniture….the list goes on…and if we haven’t tried it yet, we’re all about jumping in headfirst. The tools you need to work on your project are probably right there at hand in my studio, and we always have snacks laid out on Wednesday evenings to fuel an evening of creating.
JUNK SHOP: My studio is full of all sorts of antiques, collectibles, vintage books, junky parts and pieces, furniture, hardware, knobs, vintage fabric, junk journaling ephemera, art in progress, finished art pieces, a few of my collections, and lots of history. I’m there on Wednesday evenings from 5-9 pm and the first Friday and Saturday of the month. My social media channels are the best place to watch for current hours. Check it the day you plan to come out to be sure when I’m there. If you like to “dig”, I always have boxes and crates of cool stuff that need unpacking!
Recycling lights me up; I’m carrying on my family’s heritage of frugality, ingenuity and straight-up pioneer spirit. Teaching my kids the principals that fuel my fire for creating is a big part of our life. They both love being in the metal shop and the studio with me.
This one loves being in the metal shop.
Finishing a new wall in our space in Kansas City.
Tearing down an unwanted building.
My mission is to empower myself and other women through salvaged materials art, and to delight others in my creations. I inspire women to think outside the box, to use their hands, to learn to do things that haven’t always been acceptable for girls and women, to see the beauty in the broken, and to access their wilder creative side.