We wanted to take a minute to highlight our dear friend and artist Aaron Voigt. We met Aaron right before our very first Big Heap and fell in love. He emanates kindness, and urban, industrial, vintage coolness, and his work, well, you instantly want to put your arm around it, and become its friend. Forever.
Currently, Aaron is the featured artist at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and creating new works to share with the good people of Tucson in April, at The Big Heap. Be sure to stop in and say hi, and take home one of his signature robots.
Most know The Big Heap for our Vintage and Antique goods. We also have some of the most talented artisans around. These are some of the pieces sent in for the Tucson show.
(Top left-Aaron Voigt-Phoenix, top center-Victorian Folly-Phoenix, top right-Kim Savage-Cave Creek, center left-Bottle Rocket-Tucson, Center – Bottle Rocket, center right-Days of Vintage-Yarnell, lower right-Monster Booty-Tucson, lower far right-Painted Ladies-Snowflake, AZ This is just a sample. We will also be hosting garden artist Julie Sadek, Solar and wood light sculptor Mel Stauffer of Golden Valley, Watto’s Wife, Madijaxmetal and others. Should be a great show. April 11-12 Old Tucson
“Upcycling” has really been around since the beginning of time. Oft called necessity, it’s pure ingenuity, reimagined usefuls.
From the flour sack dresses, to the plastic bottle solar lights, to these artistically rendered chairs, upcycling can be so refreshing.
Look for some good examples at your next Big Heap or local market.
Big Heap Co-founder Mickey Meulenbeek has always had an eye for good design and good designers. She grew up near Old Town Scottsdale and would often visit the Agnese Udinati Gallery in high school. After college, she would siphon off grocery money to pay for art in lay-a-way at the same gallery. It was there that she met famed designer Max Gottschalk. At the time, Mickey was working with Tucson metal artist David Flynn and Max requested their assistance producing some of his furniture designs. Max was meticulous in the rendering of his pieces, using drafting instruments to measure every detail and angle. He was foremost an engineer, teaching Industrial Design at Pima College. Mickey recalls that Max was feisty and opinionated, and so wanting to get his work into the right homes, he would sometimes sell the pieces for less than the cost of materials. His focus was on designing mid century works made of natural materials that would enhance the beauty of desert dwellings. Although she loved his design sensibilities, she laughs at his narrow dining chairs, lamenting that he was very narrow in the hips like Frank Lloyd Wright and built them to suit.
Mickey stayed in contact with Max for years and just prior to his move to California with a caretaker towards the end of his life, Mickey met with him and bought his prototypes. She has a fantastic collection of his work, although she regrets not possessing any of his studies on speakers and sound design.
If you find a Max Gottschalk piece, grab it! He was an iconic piece of Tucson history and his precision work is timeless and beautiful.