Makers Meetups

Join us Thursday, May 18th. Creative collisions and collaborations happen when artisans, makers, crafters, and micro-manufacturers get together. Let’s meet up & create a more inclusive and vibrant maker eco-system in Knoxville. Bird on the Wire Studios is owned and operated by Derek White. Derek is a Professional Photographer, Sculptor, and Soap Artisan.

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Derek White

I moved to Knoxville in 2012 from my hometown, Birmingham, AL. As part of the Birmingham art community I worked in many diverse fields such as graphic arts, commercial retail design, and custom aquatic gardens. I moved to Knoxville specifically to be closer to my family. With their encouragement and support, I am now able to pursue a lifelong dream of going to college to study photography and videography.

Since being in Knoxville, I have once again been embraced by patrons of the arts and the art community itself. I was honored to be the featured artist at the 28th Annual Symphony in the Park at Ijams Nature Center. My sculpture, “Still as Steel” is now a permanent display at the Ijams entrance. Since that event many of my sculptures now adorn gardens and walls throughout the Knoxville area.

My studio, Bird on the Wire, allows me the opportunity to continue exploring diverse art mediums and live a creative life. These products include not only metal art, but soaps, faux bois, candles, photos, and many other creative explorations.

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