Large Recycled Tin Mirror

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created by

Lee Carter and Roberto Granados

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Who's the fairest of them all?

Handmade from recycled juice cans and excess tin from other industries in Mexico City, this vibrant and lively mirror celebrates the Mexican folk art tradition in an eco-friendly way.

Three-dimensional daisies and hearts burst off the silver tin in colorful industrial clusters. The rectangular frame offsets the embellished, hammered dot design. Like something you would discover at an outdoor craft market in Mexico, these pieces are authentic, well-made and have a wonderful warmth and charm to them that can only be found in handmade objects.

Handmade by artisans in Mexico under Fair Trade Principles.

due to the recycled nature of this product, each one will vary

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More than 20 years ago, Lee Carter met a woman selling small nicho-style frames made out of recycled tin from misprinted juice cans while visiting a small town outside of San Miguel, Mexico.

Fascinated with the design and craftsmanship, Lee asked the woman for more information about the frame. He learned that the piece was made by her brother, Roberto Granados, and decided to pay the tinsmith a visit.

"I went the next Monday and found [Roberto] and told him I wanted him to make the same frame, but with the recycled part in front. I believe he thought I was a real nutcase," Lee explains. "But he made a dozen for me and I sold them immediately."

This began the more than two-decade-long business partnership and friendship between Lee and Roberto. Over time, Lee's orders grew to allow Roberto to design and craft tin frames full time. Now, they design the pieces together before Roberto crafts the first models. Roberto and two of his sons, Carlos and Luis Miguel, still craft each piece hand.

"He is brilliant in that he can grasp a concept and figure out how to make it in the real world," says Lee. "He has the brain and capacity of an engineer, although he has never had this type of education. Brilliant!"

Roberto and Lee's designs are in the permanent collection of the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their work has also appeared in shows at the Oakland Museum and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), as well as in the documentary film "Recycled Re-seen, Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap," and several books including The Fine Art of the Tin Can by Bobby Hanson.

Handmade Recycled
Made from
glass, recycled tin
Measurements
16" x 30"
Notes
Use caution when handling as some edges are sharp.
Item ID
17784

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  • Easy to Install
  • Unifies Environment
  • Visually Pleasing

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    Comments about Large Recycled Tin Mirror:

    The product is asthetically pleasing. I wish that it was a little more substantial. It is very lightweight which is nice for hanging easily on the wall.

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