We strive to focus on keeping our ideas fresh and unique …
Yes, unique is certainly what you would call a Kastawayz Utensil Fish. It is a true conversation piece of the finest quality.
Kerry and Amanda Illerbrun use only recycled products for their art … they have taken “up-cycling” to a whole new level. Their materials are sourced from scrap yards, thrift stores and demolition yards, but their finished pieces feel wonderfully fresh and fun, and instantly capture your imagination.
The metals they work with are mostly: light steel, old roofing iron, copper and aluminum. A perfect example of something they use frequently would be an old oil drum.
Using our own hand-drawn designs, each piece is individually cut with any lines in the shape done freehand during the cutting process. We then hammer out the shapes to give them more than one dimension. For the three-dimensional pieces and the cutlery items, a welder is used to piece it all together.
Kerry does all the plasma cutting, welding and fabrication. Their son Joshua, with Amanda’s help, works on the fabrication process of hammering and shaping each piece. Then Amanda completes any finishing required … sanding, buffing, painting and varnishing, as well as quality control.
This true family operation has been humming along as a full-time business on Vancouver Island since 2008, after moving from New Zealand.
Living on Vancouver Island is a constant source of inspiration and beauty. Creating animals and marine life common to the West Coast is what we focus on. We are never short of new ideas.