Colorful, well-designed and beautifully finished. These are just a few ways to describe Liz Dickey's handmade clocks. Using recycled bike parts lovingly cleaned and polished in combination with fabric scraps and remnants, Liz has created a very popular one-of-a-kind handmade product line. Her pieces suit most interiors, but I can really imagine these fitting perfectly in a workshop, bike shop or bike enthusiast's office. After successfully creating a clock from a used bike chain ring, fabric scraps and the motor from her kitchen clock in 2006, Liz Dickey decided to make a few more clocks for friends and family. This quickly resulted in requests for more clocks and ultimately, By Liz recycled bike clocks.
A teaching degree has proven to helpful as Liz draws inspiration from her preschool students and the unique way they view materials, looking at ordinary objects as being filled with possibility and imagination. Her work is also influenced by industrial design, nature and play. Textiles also play a big part in her creations. By Liz products have expanded to include pin-back buttons made with scraps as well as magnets and ornaments.
You can purchase clocks, buttons and magnets direct throught Liz's etsy shop as well as find a current and complete list of upcoming art and craft shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. Liz's items are also available at Re4m, Modern Mouse, Bay Area Bikes in Oakland; Ruby in San Francisco; RooTs Collaborative in Mill Valley; Renegade Handmade in Chicago; The Onion Tree in Wichita, Kansas; Beech Tree Gallery in Hyannis, Massachusetts; Bikeasaurus, Seven Planet, Tender Loving Empire and Trillium Artisans in Portland, Oregon.
"I love sorting through remnant material that no one wants. When I’m rummaging through fabric, I feel like I have a secret that nobody else knows. I sometimes whisper to myself, this scrap material is going to make an amazing clock! I also love how no two clocks are ever exactly alike. It keeps the process fresh and vibrant. I’m always challenging myself to look at things from another perspective."