VILLA GROVE, ILL - For Villa Grove resident Kristi Cler, finding a way to combine her love of mechanics and art was something she always knew she wanted to do, however she wasn’t sure how. She had a background in Computer Aided Drafting and spent time looking for ways to create art using her skills. It wasn’t until recently that inspiration struck in the form of metal.
"I saw these beautiful steel lanterns that were laser cut and rusted. They had these beautiful branch designs and I thought that's it, That is what I can do.” Cler says
Designing works of metal art involves several steps. First, Cler has to carefully trace an image using CAD software and then send the design off to a company that can cut out the metal. She then sands down the metal and allows it to rust outside. By allowing nature to rust each individual item, everything she produces is unique.
“ It’s nice when you have sun in the morning and rain in afternoon, it gives it a neat finish." Says Cler.
For more information on Prairie Metal art, you can visit their website http://prairiemac.com/