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Artist Jenny K in Levi’s Stadium!

 

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We love the serendipity that infuses the junking business. You know the experience: warm friendships that flourish between unlikely personalities, forged by a love of junk. Or a chance encounter that leads to a wonderful opportunity.

Jenny Kompolt’s story is one of the latter. Jenny is an assemblage artist in San Luis Obispo, CA, who creates amazing art using vintage elements. What began as art therapy for her has blossomed into a thriving business, Junk Girls, which Jenny shares with her partner, Melissa James.

The serendipity part?

How a customer’s visit to her workshop blossomed into an installation job for Jenny, whose work is represented as part of the Sport & The Arts collection at Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s 49ers!

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Jenny was approached by Sport & The Arts owner, Tracie Speca-Ventura, at one of the Junk Girls’ warehouse open house events. “She told me she’d seen me at a number of shows and would I be interested in trying out for this huge project she was curating?,” Jenny said. “I said yes, not knowing exactly what I was going to be doing for her, but knew I’d give it my best!”

And best she did! Jenny has six large and four small pieces on display and is the only assemblage artist in the collection.

JennyK6“There are really no words to describe it,” Jenny said. “Five hundred artists applied and I was one of 23 chosen. I think the greatest feelings were pride and honor. It was an accomplishment and a lot of work, but to be a part of and surrounded by the incredible talent of the other 22 artists is something I will never, ever forget.”

(You can see a post about Jenny’s work on the Levi’s corporate blog, here.)

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All my pieces were created using found, vintage and antique items. Tracie gave me themes to include such as ‘mining’, ‘gold’, ‘Levi’s’, ‘agriculture’ etc. and I found items that worked with those themes and my vision of the piece I wanted to create,” Jenny said. ” ‘The Running Back’ is made of over 20 vintage and antique leather footballs that were destined for the trash. The ‘Mining Tin’ piece was made with old mining tins from all over the country. I bought twice as many as I needed so I could have enough to choose from  — they had to have the best marks and rust from years and years of use.”
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Jenny called the experience “absolutely amazing!”

Also amazing? The Junk Girls workshop and retail store!

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“I work out of a 1,300 square foot warehouse space,” Jenny said. “We have all the tools and my materials there and I organize them in sections: items for lighting, art, etc. It is an organized chaos of sorts! I usually work in the shop two to three days a week and then the other days I am out picking or working at our new store in Cambria, CA.”

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 The brand new Junk Girls retail store is located in The Shops At The Garden Shed at 2024 Main Street in Cambria. It is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The store incorporates Jenny’s art, lighting and tables as well as Melissa’s metal stamping. There is plenty of junk and found objects and Jenny, Melissa and the crew have been busy “junk-scaping” the yard out back, making room for lots more fun stuff.
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Want to see more of Jenny’s work? Catch The Junk Girls at the Junk Bonanza in San Diego, March 20-22!
Thanks, Jenny, for sharing your story — and work — with us! We look forward to seeing you in March!
Kim

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