Joan Dulla never dreamed she’d make a living as an artist. That is, until she stumbled on an ingeniously literal way to cash in – by creating sculpture, jewelry and purses made from pennies, nickels and dollar bills.
The Chandler resident is currently showcasing her art at the 23rd annual Celebration of Fine Art in north Scottsdale. She is one of 100 artists selling and demonstrating their wares at the event, which runs through March 26.
Dulla, 62, was born in Connecticut and moved 14 times as a child. As the perennial “new kid” at school, she found comfort in art, creating pottery, jewelry and more that was all stolen one day from her classroom. “That was the first clue that I had some talent,” Dulla says.
Dulla studied art in college and worked as a metal smith before finding a way to punch holes in coins and crochet them into art with copper wire. During a show in Boston, a customer made an offer Dulla couldn’t refuse. The woman had received a bail of shredded cash from her father as a wedding gift 35 years before. Her original idea was to create a table with it, but instead the pulverized wad of cash remained in her garage for decades. The woman offered the cash in exchange for one of Dulla’s coin purses, giving the artist “enough money to crochet for the rest of my life,” she muses.
Dulla has crocheted the cash into bracelets, earrings, sculpture and even rugs. The time-intensive art runs from $50 to $10,000. Check it out at joandulla.com or celebrateart.com.
*Warning: This story contains harsh and profane language. The fearless founder of Phoenix-based pirate radio station KWFUCC goes global online while hijacking Valley airwaves. ...
Arizona Country Roads
From the White Mountains to Willcox, Duane Eddy to Dierks Bentley, we take a journey through the Western music of the Grand Canyon State. ...
ARTIST OF THE MONTH:“What's my favorite piece?” Lalo Cota repeats, settling in at Jobot coffeehouse in Downtown Phoenix. “The next one.” ...
Carefree Desert Gardens goes wild for sculptor Ray Villafane's life-size sand sculpture of an elephant. ...
Artist Neil Logan creates a Wallace and Ladmo bronze sculpture in public, for the public. ...