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LA artist, Carolina Fontoura Alzaga reuses bike parts into these crazy beautiful chandeliers

“You can make beautiful things out of unlikely materials and out of trash. Because it’s not trash. It’s trash because it no longer serves it’s original function. But that doesn’t mean it can’t have another function altogether. That’s where our creativity needs to come into place.”

—Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

See more of her work in her Etsy shop.

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October 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

October 9, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami

Green Ghoul Fest
Everyone is really excited about partnering with Be Groovy Be Green to put on a family friendly Halloween event on Sunday, October 28th at Thai Fresh. We’ll put a call out for volunteers in our newsletters in the coming few weeks.

East Austin Studio Tour
We have officially been accepted into EAST this year. We’ll be located at 701 Tillery both weekends! Harley, Katy, Angela, and Kami will be at our booth the first weekend (November 10-11th) and Rebecca, Kaci, and Harley will be at the booth on November 17-18th.

Fan Fest
In association with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division we’ll be a vendor for Fan Fest (as part of Forumla 1) the weekend of November 17-18th. We’ll have a booth on Congress between 2nd and 3rd where we’ll be doing a free craft for folks who stop by.

Teacher & Educator Survey
We’ve sent out our material drive survey for teachers and educators via email and on Facebook and we’re already getting some great results.

September 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

September 11, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci, Katy, Kami

Green Ghoul Fest
We’ll be partnering with Be Groovy Be Green to put on a family friendly Halloween event on Sunday, October 28th at Thai Fresh.

East Austin Studio Tour
Thanks to Harley we submitted our application for the East Austin Studio Tour. We should find out in a week or so if we made it in!

Teacher & Educator Survey
We’ll be sending out our teacher and educator survey soon! Keep an eye out for it and help spread the word.

 

The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

Check out this creative reuse center in Long Beach, California!

Long Beach Depot for Creative ReUse from James Kim on Vimeo.

Thanks, Jan, for sharing!

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August 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

August 8, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci
Visitors Present: Katy

Teacher Survey Coming Up
Harley has been working extremely hard on a Teacher Materials Drive in a few months. As part of the research phase of the project, we will be circulating a survey for teachers to gage interest and material needs. If you’re a teacher or know any teachers, keep your eyes peeled for our survey in an upcoming newsletter.

New Board Member
Hallelujah! We have a Financial board member! The very lovely Katy has been voted on to the board and has already been such an asset to our team. Welcome, Katy!

New Partners
Over the past few months, we’ve been creating some local partnerships with groups here in the City of Austin that we’re really excited about. These partnerships will help us grow as an organization and help us to better serve our city.

July 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

July 10, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci
Visitors Present: Katy
Meeting Minutes Recorded by: Angela/Kaci

Four interesting things discussed:

  1. We’re officially on Etsy! Folks can now buy some of our wares while we build up to our reuse center.
  2. There’s been a lot of interest in our Spin Art machine. We discussed the possibility of making it available to the public for rentals. (Check it out in use at the Austin Mini Maker Faire!)
  3. We finalized our Record Retention Policy, as well as our Whistle Blower Policy—important documents for any organization.
  4. Each board member discussed events coming up in October. Whew! It’s gonna be a very, very busy month! Subscribe to our online newsletters to stay in the know!

Harriott Grace: Using Found Wood

I recently found this really beautiful story of Nikole Harriott and her father, Lance. Lance is a wood worker who uses found, reclaimed wood. Definitely worth a watch.

What happens when you have the chance to turn your passion into your second career? We follow Nikole Herriott as she visits her father Lance on his first day of retirement. He has said goodbye to his ship welder past to focus his considerable talents on his lifelong passion: wood.

Herriott Grace from Supplemental on Vimeo.

(If you have trouble viewing the video, you can also watch it on Vimeo’s website.)

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June 2012: Board of Directors Meeting

June 6, 2012 at 6:30pm
Directors Present: Angela, Harley, Rebecca, Kaci
Visitors Present: Kami, Harley’s Mum
Meeting Minutes Recorded by: Angela

Meetings
We will begin having formal agendas
Start doing committee reports to submit before Board of Directors Meetings; Each committee to share their monthly notes via Google Docs

Upcoming Meeting Dates
June 19: Volunteer Meet-up (Angela to confirm Twin Oaks Library; Harley to provide tea or snacks?)
July 10: Board of Directors Meeting
July 26: Volunteer Meet-up at Recycled Reads (Angela to confirm location)

Finances
Need to file 990 report in August
Board of Directors Insurance – Harley printed apps from Greenlights and made phone call

Board Retreat
Possible dates for 2 day board retreat tentatively scheduled for August 19th and 20th.

New Board of Director Members
Kami voted yes 4/0 to join board

Digital Committee Update (Kaci)
Writing blog posts for items ACR does not accept and how they can be responsibly discarded
New website is live

Homework For Next Board Meeting
Review Whistleblower Policy and Records Retention Policy for approval at July meeting
Angela to bring all signed Conflict of Interest docs to July BoD meeting and scan to Google Docs

What can I do with… oil-based paint

Photo by Drb62

I know what you’re thinking. It’s spring time. You have a whole garage full of oil-based paint that you’re looking to dispose of, but you know you don’t want to plop that in your regular ‘ole trash to be carried away to the landfill. Let me personally applaud you for thinking outside that garbage can box!

Unfortunately, Austin Creative Reuse cannot currently accept any oil-based paint, but here are some places you can take your left over oil-based paint:

As always, try Freecycling or giving away the left over paint for free on Craigslist.

You can also have it properly disposed of by taking it to The Household Hazardous Waste Facility. They will properly dispose up to 30 gallons of hazardous household materials for free. Anything beyond that and you may be required to pay a disposal fee.

Tip: In the future, you may consider a latex or acrylic paint for your painting needs. These paints are much easier to find a reuse home for (we accept paint that isn’t oil-based!) and they’re better for your health and the environment.

Thanks, again, for finding a proper home for your materials!

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Bringing a Creative Reuse Center in Austin

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I have always wanted to make things.  I love learning and making things.  I love watching a project change and morph as it progresses.  I love having things around me that have been made by people I know, and knowing the object’s history.  In my work life, I manage an afterschool program for a nonprofit here in Austin.

I feel pretty selfish when I think about why I want a reuse center in Austin.  I want Austin Creative Reuse to be rocking so I can go there.  I want one so I can go find amazing fabrics for the quilt I’m making for my niece.  I want to take the elementary students I work with and watch them get excited and laugh making a creation they will take home and play with.  I want students to have opportunities for hands on learning, tinkering. I want them to learn without worksheets anywhere close and to feel excited about discovering a new idea.  I want to come use a router when I need one once every few years and not need to buy one or forgo a project I want to make.  I want to know and meet my neighbors, my ‘neighborhoods’ in the big sense.  I want us to find ways to take care of central Texas.  When I’m working on a project, I want a place to go where I will happen to start a conversation with a stranger who will have an amazing idea to help my project on it’s way. Reuse Centers need to exist in the world I want to live in.

The people I have gotten to closely work with on Austin Creative Reuse and ones I have met briefly during this time have been a wonderful side effect.  Austin has such a huge pool of industrious creative folks.   I look forward to others joining us and working to help this happen.

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