Some of Ted's earliest memories of creating were in elementary school. He remembers making masks with papier mache over an inflated balloon, finger painting and making paper airplanes. Although he remembers enjoying these activities, he also somehow came away with a sense of being criticized. Then, as he got a little older, maybe around 10 or 12, he got into making model cars and trucks. And, when I tell you this next part, if you know Ted, you will surely laugh. Ted used to cut apart the front axle, heat a needle to burn holes in each piece and insert king pins so that the vehicle would actually turn. Can you believe that? What a kid.
Then, when he was in his 20s, he started to weld together "gear-o-sauruses" out of parts and bits lying around their big shop. He also made things like crabs, spiders, bugs and other animals. He found this immensely enjoyable because he was allowed to create freely and felt no criticism.
Then a little further down the path, he began spending time with his friend Chuck, also a mechanic, and his wife Mary, who was an artist. Ted would go to visit Chuck to talk about mechanic projects they were working on and to play music. Often times, Mary would be having "Art in the Kitchen" and would have 6 to 8 of her artist friends around her kitchen table working on art projects. Ted would usually find himself pulled up to the table at some point in the visit. Rose, one of Mary's artsy friends had a college education in art. She always used to get frustrated with herself because of the imposed restrictions and rules stemming from her art education. She would look at what Ted created and say "Look at how cool your art is, how free you are and how fun it is." Ted found that art was always fun, but the criticism was not worth the risk so art remained a past time and a hobby.
Then, Ted met Carrie. On our first Valentine's Day, Ted made me a Valentines Day card out of metal. I was blown away, still am.
We began spending time with our friends, Chuck and Mary, and doing things like metal etching, making jewelry and playing with all kinds of mixed media. Mary always said "I can't think of anybody more perfect for Ted than you." Chuck and Mary played a big role in our dream of making art together, always being very supportive and encouraging.
Then, the time came when we decided to pull up our roots and make a big move to Utah. It took a couple of years for us to get our bearings and then we opened Gizmachis. At that point, we were exhibiting at the local Farmer's Market in Moab every Friday. Funny thing, but people came to the market to buy produce! On the way home one Friday, we came up with the idea that we need to offer some produce too. And, that's when the collaboration of Ted the metal artist and Carrie the mixed media artist merged. In the following week, Ted walked into the studio with The Carrot and The Corn. I took one look at these two and laughed. He handed them to me and said "Now you paint them." I sat these two buddies on my windowsill in the studio and pondered this new substrate. Soon enough, I devised a plan and grabbed The Carrot and began to add layers of paint. As I added paint to the little face, the little guy actually came to life! I found myself enamored with the hands, the little feet, the knobby knees as well as the darling faces. After finishing The Carrot, I could not wait to get my hands on The Corn. These are some of our first pieces of painted metal art sculpture as collaborating artists.
And, now here we are, hundreds of pieces later. It is so much fun when Ted comes into the studio from the blacksmith shop with a new piece. We now find ourselves "scheming" over coffee in the morning about new ideas for our art. His creativity is soaring and I am swooning. We love the work we do--together. Thanks for joining us! --Ted and Carrie