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Key West spiny lobster buoy wreath

Updated

August 27 2010

Key West Spiny Lobster buoy wreath: Joe and Kim Brown, North Tampa Price: $59 To buy: Visit the Hong Kong Willie shop at 12212 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa or go to http://www.hongkong willie.com. Call (813)770-4794.
[DONG-PHUONG NGUYEN | Times]
Key West Spiny Lobster buoy wreath: Joe and Kim Brown, North Tampa Price: $59 To buy: Visit the Hong Kong Willie shop at 12212 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa or go to http://www.hongkong willie.com. Call (813)770-4794.

3) Key West Spiny Lobster buoy wreath Joe and Kim Brown, North Tampa

The burlap coffee bean bag? The tattered leather jacket? The battered baseball? They’ve all found second lives at Hong Kong Willie, a kitschy roadside shop where recycled objects are transformed into handbags and art.

This is not your typical boutique. A chicken roams the property, which is next door to an extended-stay hotel. The owner, 58-year-old owner Joe Brown, walks around barefoot and does his sewing in a back room with a floor covered in old coffee bean shells.

Every object has multiple uses, he says. If everyone changed the way they looked at material things, there would be less garbage, Brown said.

This 30-inch wreath is made of old buoys, a popular item that has found new life at Hong Kong Willie.

Indeed, his shop is decorated with strands of buoys from the Florida Keys, old, broken and mismatched flip-flops and boat parts — items once destined for landfills.

Back in 1958, an art teacher told Brown that reuse was common in Hong Kong. Brown then melted a Gerber baby food jar into a glass paper weight, and Hong Kong Willie — the most American name he could think of at the time — was born.

Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Times Staff Writer

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About Hong Kong Willie

Artist Born for this time, Lived on a landfill as a child. Reuse Became the way of life. To read the story from the inception of the Name Hong Kong Willie. Famed, by the humble statements from the Key West Citizen, viable art from reuse has found its time. To Live a life in the art world and be so blessed to make a social impact. Artists are to give back, talent is to tell a story, to make change. Reuse is a life experience. Hong Kong Willie Art Gallery In Tampa, a reuse Art Gallery. Artist Kim,Derek,and Joseph. reuse artist that have lived the life and are meant for the green movement in the world. A gallery that was born for this time. Artist living a freegan life,art that makes a social statement of reuse. Media that has a profound effect in making the word green truly a movement of reuse in the world today and the future.
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