an introduction.

An introduction is necessary. Although finding a witty way to word what I'd like, being new to blog-dom, is tough. So, I will start with the basics. My name is Patrick Hayes, and I was born and raised a California boy, but recently relocated to Tennessee. I am a recent graduate from CSUF, with a BA in Business Entrepreneurship, and am happily engaged to my best friend.

I've always been the creative type, however, I have not always been focused on one outlet for my creativity, I've been a touring musician, photographer, amateur cook, painter, cocktail aficionado, budding entrepreneur and often refer to myself as a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. Regardless, I am determined, hardworking, sometimes impulsive, and above all else; passionate.

So, how did I end up creating art from 100 year old houses?

Well, I have always had a fascination with urban decay and imagining the way society was 40, 60, 80+ years ago. I remember when I was in high school finding a photographer by the name of Rob Dobi and his site--New England Ruins--and wanting to do what he did; explore and document old buildings that had been abandoned and left for the elements to do what they pleased. I made it my life's mission to be an adventurer, an explorer of all things old.

Granted, growing up in California, there is not too much abandoned to explore. So after moving to Tennesee in January of 2014 I began seeking out older abandoned structures to explore, and despite many run-ins with the authorities for "trespassing," have found a way to--legally--preserve the past through my work.

I still get excited every time I get the opportunity to explore and salvage a--new--old house or building. I literally feel like a kid at Christmas not knowing what I will find in a closet or basement, and although at times it can be eerie, being in a place that once had so much life, it is comforting at the same time knowing that the lives of the homes I explore and salvage from don't end in a dumpster, the legacy is carried on through my work.

I am self-taught, although I will say that I owe a lot of my learning YouTube, and continue to learn and improve my craft. I began building out of necessity. Being a starving student, I did not have an excess of funds to spend on furniture, so instead of getting lost in, and spending all my money at Ikea, I built it myself. Whether it was a coffee table, or a desk I could find a way to make it rather than buy it, and what started out as a hobby has since grown into a full-time job.

To this day, I still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up," but what I do know, is that I love to create, and I am thankful for everyday when I get to wake-up, explore, make things with my hands, and share my story, as well as the stories of others.

I look forward to what the future holds and sharing my work with you.

 

-P