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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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The many faces of wood scrap

fire-for-blogThe best thing about scrap wood is that it comes in SO many varieties. There’s always the natural scrap wood that is everywhere and considered unsightly to most people. Here is what I picked up in less than 10 minutes and it provided me a warm fire on a cold January evening.

There is the endless array of small pieces of construction waste, an omnipresent thing in this rapidly expanding town. Lumber can be connected in a simple but structural way through a scarf joint (see illustration below), which creates a dimensional and solid structural member for projects.

scarfjointstechshop-scraps-for-blogScarfing, a word I associate with scrapping, ties elements together with the most effective joinery. This is always a good skill when dealing with any kind of leftover materials.

This selection of scrap wood (left) are the remnants from the laser cutters at the new Tech Shop in Round Rock. The potential of these little goodies makes my heart spin!

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These super cool chairs come from Austin’s Petrified Design. They reuse the wood from local wine barrels and the cask curve creates that sexy seat and back. My favorite part though, is the fact that the color comes from the wine stained oak. Now that’s a natural solution!

You can find the chairs at Mockingbird Domestics, a fairly new shop located at 2515 South Lamar. It has a delightful mix of vintage and modern and the whole store reads like a healthy recipe file of natural, honest, and repurposed materials.

The airy nest pictured below graces the front yard of a house on Bluebonnet. The thinnest non-sensical wood scraps become an imaginary floating cocoon for all species to enjoy.

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How do you reuse wood scraps in your projects?

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January 2013 Board Meeting

January 8, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami, Cindy

New Board Member

We are extremely excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Cindy Lawrence! She’ll be focusing on fundraising, grant writing, and providing the teacher insight we needed. Welcome Cindy!

Educator Materials Drive

EducatorsMaterialDrive-logoIt’s official! We’ll be holding our first annual Educator Materials Drive on Sunday, February 24th from 10-4pm to support Austin teachers and educators. We’re asking the public to collect materials for the drive and we’ll have drop off times the weekend before. Location is still TBD. Spread the word!

Volunteers Needed

We will need volunteers for our Educator Materials Drive for the two weeks before and during the drive. We’ll have sign ups available for shifts soon, so keep some time open to come help!