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JESSICA FOUND IT CIC is a social enterprise design company producing elegant and unusual lighting and candlesticks...

...from found, discarded, salvaged, reclaimed, unwanted and unused objects.

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Creative recycling workshops can be tailored to suit any group of any age or ability. Schools, stag or hen groups - anyone with an interest in making something out of nothing.

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UPcycling allows all the weird, wonderful and forgotten objects to be admired as beautiful, as art.

"Its about adding something, adding value, transforming waste into something desirable and prolonging an objects life"

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"The process of up cycling is deemed better for the environment than recycling where last amounts of energy are used to break something down..."

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ABOUT JESSICA

"An ethos that second hand is most certainly good enough, often better"


Armed with a relatively simple toolkit and self taught skills, Jessica assembles objects as a sculptor might with clay. "I make things look good together, it can take hours, weeks or months to find the right bit but I see potential and the design is all about balance, shape and aesthetically pleasing lines.

Flea markets are a favourite way to wile away a Sunday morning and so any opportunity to rootle through junk is an opportunity to find my next inspiration. I don't try to create figures but occasionally the designs anthropomorphise. I made a giraffe once - he was lovely...

...Someone described my work as witty, whimsical yet elegant and I suppose I would aspire to that for myself too!"

A lifelong habit of collecting and passion for preserving our environment, especially where waste and reuse are concerned has provided Jessica with a meaningful creative career. Her fervour for interiors and being surrounded by beautiful things is tipped away from materialism with an ethos that second hand is most certainly good enough, often better, it has a story, and it’s already been made.

Her work has been pitched at somewhere between Heath Robinson's fantastical machines, and the romantic lines of Art Deco. There is certainly inspiration from nature. "Some objects I find in the lofts and garages of friends and family, some from forgotten boxes I find in hedgerows and sometimes I can't resist a junk shop find, which I'll then restore before incorporating it...

...I don't need to manufacture materials, I don't need plastic. I can create something interesting from old, undervalued objects. Upcycling allows for all the weird and wonderful objects to be seen as beautiful. It is seeing aesthetic potential and allowing the phoenix to rise up out of the rubbish.''

Jessica graduated in 2008 from the University of Birmingham where she studied art, contemporary dance and theatre. Her tendency to collect and an interest in the role of the curator led her to creating an installation called 'The Museum' where she satirised museum practise and displayed 'worthless' objects on white plinths with over the top descriptions challenging perceptions of value. about jessica Jessica graduated in 2008 from the University of Birmingham where she studied art, contemporary dance and theatre. Her tendency to collect and an interest in the role of the curator led her to creating an installation called 'The Museum' where she satirised museum practise and displayed 'worthless' objects on white plinths with over the top descriptions challenging perceptions of value.

After a few years working in Birmingham and London in various community and art based roles she started to concentrate on her own creative practise. And, in a bid to forge her own creative and meaningful career she founded the company in October 2011.

She has since had her work featured in national press, designed an entire lighting scheme for a new cocktail bar in London’s financial district and exhibited in various locations in Shropshire and London.

Most recently she has been commissioned by Veolia UK to work with local school groups to design and build a £15,000 public art piece which will represent the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403 and the future where she is upcycling material from the now decommissioned Sutton gasworks.

"I find nothing more wonderful than organic shape appearing from industrial parts, or that most industrial parts mirror nature's patterns anyway."

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