Posted by: Kath Usitalo | May 13, 2011

Homemade: A Keener Vision

Paige chats with J Kyle Keener as he works on a pair of painted shoes at his booth at The Rust Belt Market

Artists see things differently. J Kyle Keener is an artist.

For over two decades he photographed people, places and events for newspapers, including 13 years at the Detroit Free Press. I especially liked the way he looked at the world in his KeenerVision photo/essays.

Now he takes apart a camera and fashions the inner workings into pendants, or pins.

A rusty piece of metal isn’t scrap, it’s a lamp.

The artist wears a pair of painted shoes like the work in progress on the rusty metal cube, er table

Worn leather shoes are reborn with metallic paint and some massaging from a Dremel tool.

J Kyle Keener still takes pictures—check out his work at his website.

But he’s also applying his vision in other ways, turning trash into treasures you can take—or wear—home from The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, his hometown.

Odd bits and old cameras reborn as miniature wearable sculpture

Related posts:

Saltlabs Pillows Are Good Stuff

The Rust Belt Market and Ida Belle Soaps

Bots And Bugs And Octopi,Oh My!

Detroit Suits Him To A Tee



  1. Gee, that Paige K sure gets around to visit the most fascinating people & places!

    • Yes…She was interested in having him dress up a pair of shoes for her.

  2. Dear Kath…….thanks so much for the kind works about my keener vision. Every day that the Rustbelt Market has been open I have met the most wonderful and talented people wondering into my booth….including yourself…..take care and come back to see us all again soon…..J. Kyle

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