By Jonesa Rodriguez - February 05, 2021
When you think of the Super Bowl, forks and spoons are likely at the top of your grocery list to ensure you can enjoy game day snacks. But for one Moffitt Cancer Center patient, flatware serves a different purpose for creative expression.
William Storms, a retired Tarpon Springs firefighter, creates art out of flatware. He calls the masterpieces “spoonies.”
“I was trying to find a way to deal with my time and also looking for an artistic outlet to use my talent,” Storms said.
Storms, who was diagnosed with Acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2014, always had a passion for welding and metal fabrication. But, creating art from flatware was something of a surprise to him.
“Seeing form and function in items other than their intended purpose was always something I did, but flatware offers a more unique raw material for creating,” he said.
With roughly 200 various pieces sold since he started his business in late 2018, Storms turned his creativity to the Super Bowl, by creating a one-of-a-kind football memorabilia completely made out of forks and spoons.
“I was looking for a way to pique interest and decided that creating something for the Super Bowl would be a good direction to go,” said Storms.
The spoonies artwork is an interchangeable piece that features all 32 NFL team helmets, two players and an official holding the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The best part about the artwork is that the helmets can be changed to reflect future NFL game matchups.
Storms partnered with a local art boutique, Creativity Unpinned, to raffle off the art piece and has decided to donate the proceeds to Moffitt.
“I decided to give to Moffitt because of how they treated me. They were very welcoming when I became a patient and they do great work for those in the community,” Storms said.