Davin Johnson, Makeshift Accessories

Northfield, MN


Since he was a child, Devin Johnson has been taking things apart.  His parents would give him old and broken things to disassemble and explore.  His collection of odds and ends finally led him to putting things together to create wearable art and other accessories. 


I strive to tell a story about humanity with every piece I create, and feel any artistic endeavor should be environmentally friendly and sustainable.  I accomplish all of this by using a variety of recycled, salvaged, antique, and found materials from all corners of my life.  To me, each material is an artifact, and I choose those that are beautiful not only for their colors and textures, but also for their historical and technological significance.  I bring these characteristics, which are often mechanical and industrial to the surface, and release the energy of each artifact’s past life as I re-work it into each piece.