For those interested in mastering upcycle craftsmanship, you're going to love this Aritst. Christopher White is a visionary light designer based in Vermont. With a variety of awe inspiring styles, White crafts uniquely handmade lamps and candle holders by upcycling "junk" he finds in the world.
At first glance his work could pass as "Stream Punk", but taking an even closer look unveils White's artistic approach and pristine attention to detail and design. Every design White constructs exists in its own dimension of space time, while remaining attached to the seed of White's complex creative core. In other words: I could travel into the future and expect to see lamps like his, OR I could travel back in time and also see lamps like his. In other, other words: his style is flawlessly quantum.
So what goes on inside the mind of an Artist like Christopher White? So many details bring so many questions! Lucky for us White was more than willing to answer a handful of ours. Grab a pen and pad, let the light shine through, here is another inspiring interview for you:
Christopher White Upcycles The Light
How do you come up with the titles for your work? Describe your process.
There is no real prescribed process to titling my work. The title can come at anytime during, after, and sometimes (rarely) before I create the piece. It's about the energy, the feeling of the piece, or some part I have found. Does it speak? Sing? The pieces are all saying something. I just have to be open to listening.
"Age of Man"
Your body of work has so much character. How is your style a reflection of your personality?
I think we all are striving to become more. Each piece has a little part of me in it. I have a fairly large range of styles I like to work in. Anything from the very clean, precise, and orderly to the ruined and decayed, barely being held together by it's own molecules. This, in part, is what each of us is made up of in this universe.
Your tagline is “Light for the Dark place of the Soul”. That’s pretty deep, what’s the story behind that?
On one level it is fairly simple: illuminating our darkest parts by turning on a light. Not so scary anymore. On another level, it represents how we move through all our countless millions of lives, in constant struggle to emerge from the utter blackness of near-absolute nothingness to pure light and energy of being, one little lighted molecule at a time.
"Sign Post to the Sun"
"Relics from the Near Future"
Tell us something that your work has taught you about yourself, or the world.
I can see beauty and find potential in so many things in this world. Even a rusted piece of metal on the side of the road. Nothing ends; it just becomes something else; sometimes expected, other times unforeseen. Even looking at it through our somewhat limited human lens, we are extremely wasteful. However, I have learned that everything has the potential to become something else. Nothing really ever has to get wasted. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that no matter is created and none is destroyed. I like to think my work is a good representation of this.
Upcycling is a work of art in its own right. What do you dream in regards to the next level of your vision/ style?
The transition to LED lighting. This is very exciting. LED allows another universe of lighting design possibilities. Then there is wireless electricity; light without wires. Wow!
"Sins of our Fathers"
Who or what is/was your BIGGEST inspiration?
I take inspiration from lighting designers of the late 19th century through the 1930's. I also am heavily influenced by music; notably Dead Can Dance, Harold Budd, Cocteau Twins, Radiohead, and Thievery Corporation. Finally, I draw motivation from the Sun, the reason for life on our planet.
*From your experience, what advice would you give to people who are interested in this form of art?
Firstly, learn the very basics; the fundamentals of lamp making, restoration and repair. Really learn about hardware. Why/how does this fixture work? Take apart (and put back together) as many lighting fixtures as you can, especially older ones from the 1920s and 1930s. Learn about light...illumination, reflection, shadow. Go work in a theater. Then you can begin to understand why certain designs work and why some simply do not. Be observant. Not just of lighting fixtures, but of anything that has a basis in light, shadow, etc. There is no end to what you can learn. Finally, don't worry about your creativity. Have patience, and it will come.
Thank you so much for your time, Christopher!
Shop and browse his astonishing array of timeless illuminators:
"Stains on the Memory"
"Passing of Momentary Stillness"
"Little by Little"