Metal Art by Inge
German born interpreter Inge Giebeler started her creative career as a knitwear designer in Perth in 1983. After moving to a sheep property near Beverley/WA, Inge became a wool classer and still works on the family farm. Life on the land inspired her creativity and in ’89 Inge chose jewellery making as her new artistic direction. For many years she supplied WA’s leading galleries with her European influenced work.
In 2011, after having turned 60, it was time for a change again. Inge asked her husband to teach her how to use a plasma cutter. After months of practice, she is now handcrafting some amazing pieces of ornamental steel art.
Inge’s free standing and wall mounted panels are crafted in 3mm Corten weathering steel. Corten is the preferred choice of metal for sculptors because of its beautiful rusting attributes and durability. Inge lets all her work rust naturally in her garden and refuses to use a much faster chemical process.
Instead of using the services of a computerized laser cutter, Inge chose to work with a plasma cutter making each of her designs a uniquely handcrafted individual. ‘My inspiration comes from the world around me – nature, people, architecture, photography, books and magazines’
How long have you been creating your metal art?
I started my creative career as a knitwear designer in '83, then went on to jewellery making, plaster moulding, glass painting etc and started plasma cutting in 2011.
How did you get started?
I got started to turn a hobby (knitting) into a little business because I thought Australia was the perfect place to do it. I got started with plasma cutting because I wanted to do something chunkier than beading and jewellery making.
What is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is nature and the open space around me
What is the greatest challenge to owning your own
My greatest (enjoyable) challenge is promoting my work.
What is the best experience owning your own creative business?
The best experience are definitely the people I meet, to see all the creative talent out there, to share the joy which my metal art pieces bring to people who have decorated their homes and gardens with them.