Monthly Archives: February 2013

Artist Spotlight: Adaptive Reuse

adaptive-tins-for-blogThere are artists that work from scrap materials, and there are others, like Christine Terrell, who is completely living the reuse lifestyle.  It’s an incredibly satisfying, resource-saving and budget-smart way to live.  Christine’s company, Adaptive Reuse, creates art, jewelry and other objects using unique, but mass-produced materials in an unexpected way.

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Once a bona fide scrapper homes in on a potential material, they are really insatiable in it’s acquisition.  Her materials of choice are food tins, spice and tea tins, both vintage and contemporary.  These printed tins are collected, flattened and sorted.  I love the way they become a library of colors, patterns and short vignettes from which to choose.  The jewelry she creates is also beautifully made, as she is a self-proclaimed technique junkie.

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All of the pieces are really intriguing, but one of my favorites is this partly sunny pair of earrings. They play nicely on our mind/mood swings and the fickle nature that is apparent in how human beings see things.

zen-for-blogChristine Terrell’s extreme artistic resourcefulness finds its way into her encaustic paintings as well.  The remnants of her jewelry work create a multitude of stencils, which then provide the basis for the paintings.  Or, repetitive process meets repetitive process, like two mirrors facing each other and recycling into perpetuity.

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The beer tab hanger on the back is absolutely brilliant and rounds out the whole conversation.  I definitely look forward to see what Christine does next in the realm of adaptive reuse.

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February 2013 Board Meeting

February 12, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Cindy

Educators Material Drive

Our materials drive is in full swing! Harley and Kaci will be collecting items from individuals and businesses on Friday. There are four days to drop off materials at Harley’s house. Volunteers will be around on Sunday to help weigh and organize materials. Next week will be a big push to get teachers to come out.

The drive is still scheduled for February 24th.

Amplify Austin is just around the corner

We’ll be fundraising for Amplify Austin on March 4 from 7pm to March 5th at 7pm. Our goal is to have 500 individuals donate to Austin Creative Reuse in any amount. We will also hold an event of some sort to generate excitement. Rebecca to contact Mozart’s folks as a possible location.

Please save the date to donate on our Amplify Austin page.

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It’s Environmentally Inspired: Reuse in Art

I went to the It’s Environmentally Inspired gallery opening and saw some really beautiful work made from reuse materials. To me the best pieces are the ones where the material used doesn’t get in the way. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

Black's Acre by Kristy Darnell Battani

Black’s Acre (18″ x 24″) by Kristy Darnell Battani uses painted paper that’s been folded to create these beautiful textural pieces. I love all of Battani’s work. She had so many great pieces!

Black and white castaways by Shanny Lott

Black and White Castaways (20″ x 30″) by Shanny Lott is made of soda can boxes and paper. Whimsy and texture. So beautiful!

Say What by Matthew John Winters

Say Whaat (12″ x 12″) by Matthew John Winters is made from sanded plexi, vinyl, and fluorescent light.  This one is such a fun piece. I immediately smiled when I saw it.

Educators Material Drive: Egg Cartons

egg_CartonsWhile Austin is a pretty hospitable city for a flock of chickens in your backyard, we know not everyone can make the plunge. What does that mean? Egg cartons that end up in the trash or compost! Give those little cardboard containers a second life at our Educators Material Drive!

It’s not too late to start clearing them out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and egg cartons are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Educators Material Drive: TP and Paper Towel Rolls

TP_RolesWe’ve been collecting paper towel and toilet paper rolls for our teachers. Have you?

It’s not too late to start clearing them out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and toilet paper and paper towel rolls are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Educators Material Drive: Ribbon and Fabric

ribbonRemember last year when you started that new sewing project? Notice how you still have lots of leftovers waiting patiently under your bed?  Have no fear! Austin Creative Reuse Educators Material Drive is here!

It’s not too late to start clearing items out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and fabric and ribbon are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Educators Material Drive: Used CDs and CD Cases

cd_casesOkay, admit it. You still have stacks of CDs prompting you to start using AOL and you’ve finally upgraded your Barry Manilow collection to your MP3 player. You don’t use CDs anymore. But what to do with them??

It’s not too late to start clearing them out of your closets for our Educators Material Drive on February 24th! We’re specifically looking for USED items, if possible, and CDs and CD cases are on the list!

We have drop off times February 14-17 from 8am-8pm at 4416 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX.

Free Poster for Educators Material Drive

EducatorsMaterialDrive-logosmThe first Educators Material Drive is coming up and we could use your help!

Does your office still print banner sheets? Do you see a lot of paper waste in your workplace? Bummer!

If at least one side of that is blank, teachers can use that paper in their classrooms and after school programs!

Start a small collection drive in your workplace now. We’ll be collecting these items February 14-17th.

We’ve even created this handy dandy poster for you to hang up (PDF)! All you have to do is hang, collect, and deliver. Easy as pie!

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