In 2006 Terry Border started his Bent Objects blog as a way to make some extra coffee money. His thought was to grab some everyday objects, stick wire into them at strategic places to construct phenomenal characters reenacting daily life situations. Border states his reasons for making these creations was rather simple in design structure: “Basically, wire is very cheap, and ordinary objects are very cheap. Combining those two things together in a way that amuses me is fun and isn’t stressful like some other creative endeavors which cost lots of money for materials.” DIY creativity is a favorite for many people looking to spruce up their living area or fix up the yard… but creating hilarious DIY characters is a whole different form of creative genius.
According to Border, his creative process is as follows:
- Look at an object.
- What does the object remind me of? What kind of character does it have?
- Add a bit of wire to bring it to life.
- Photograph it in a way that communicates my idea to the viewer.
Border admits he’s not always trying to be funny, and many of his creations come to fruition simply because it’s the way he has always seen the object, food and non-food. He feels that Bent Objects has, in a way, validated his strange tendencies.
“Before, aspects of my personality were seen as off-center and not serious enough. But (and this is a very sad thing I think) when you can make money with whatever different outlook you have, you are then seen as ‘eccentric” and “brilliant’ instead of an outsider.”
If Border had never made a dime off his Bent Objects, or if he had stopped because people told him it was childish, I feel as though I would have missed out on someone who took their slacker attitude towards life and turned those ideals into something truly clever, playful and intelligent. Check out more of his work here.