Terry Metrovich is an artist with a difference. Instead of the traditional mediums for creating artwork, all of Terry’s sculptures are created using Sellotape. Yep you heard it right Sellotape. The clear tape generally used for wrapping presents up. The models that Terry builds are so intricate they even have moving parts, such as the Guitar he built that actually has moving heads.
We here at the Black Flag liked Terry’s work so much that we wanted the world to see it and were lucky enough to have a chat about his unique art….
The Black Flag: So what’s your back ground. Would you consider yourself an artist?
Terry Metrovich: I was born in Stevenage September 1982 and moved to kent when i was nine, I’ve always had an eye for detail and loved making stuff ever since I was a kid and although I’ve never studied art I suppose I do consider myself an artist, art comes from your own creation not from someone elses.
TBF: How did you first start creating models out of Sellotape?
Terry: It all started when i was about 10 I used to make stick fugues bikes and cars, the F1 car was most impressive. But after a while I stopped and just grew out of it I guess, then many years later I was telling a friend and she was a bit confused so she asked me to make her a pair of shoes and they turned out a lot better then I expected so I decided to carry on building.
TBF: Where do you generally get your inspiration?
Terry: I suppose my inspiration comes from surrounding objects hobbies and suggestions. Me and a few of my friends play guitar and one suggested to make one so I did, the fan I saw when I was looking though a magazine at work, and the chess board was after a friend said he hadn’t played chess for a long time and I thought how cool it would be to have one built out of sellotape.
TBF: Tell us a bit about some of the models you’ve made?
Terry: The best feature about the guitar, is that the machine heads actually twist and the strings can be loosened and tightened like a real guitar, I thought this would ad a sense of depth and detail to the piece. I’m trying to focus my work on things with moving parts, like the fan works like an actually Chinese fan and chess pieces are movable, I think that it ads a wow factor to my work.
TBF: How long does it generally take to create a piece?
Terry: The time it takes to build a piece depends on what I’m building. The guitar took about 14 hours over 3 days where the the chess set took about 50 hours over 4 months.
TBF: Have you sold any of your pieces or had anyone interested in buying any?
Terry: The first pair of shoes were for a friend but not sold, I have had people interested but the four main pieces are not for sale at the moment, I’m trying to find an open exhibition and see who takes interest.
TBF: So what’s your next piece?
Terry: I have a few ideas for my next piece a large working umbrella was one, but my ultimate goal is to build a life size VW Campar van.
TBF: If anyone wanted a commission how can they contact you?
Terry: If anyone would like to commission me they can drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org