Wednesday, July 6, 2011


If you are not into recycling you think the items in these photos are just junk. If you do recycle you will say, "Hey!, Why didn't I think of that?!"

These photos are at a fun store we go to as a road trip that has all types of things that can be used again, from the obvious fabric pieces and scraps and mat board and frames and vases and ribbons and the not so obvious- the kinds of things that usually get sent to the trash- but if you use some imagination they can become art supplies.

My son has been in a recycling club for 2 years at school. His main job each week is to empty the big bins of paper from his assigned classrooms into the outside paper recycle hopper to be made into more new paper. They also have art days too, where they make things from recycled items. There are both girls and boys in the club so they have made many types of arts and crafts. Everything from making their own homemade paper to creating beads from junk mail to thinking up new practical ways to use things -as is- that you may not have thought of, as compared to what they are usually used for.

My oldest daughter is involved in making art at an art gallery, and many sculpture-like art pieces are from recycled items. The gallery, which is open to the public and sells art made only by young adults with disabilities, is in a beautiful historical building. ( I am crazy for old buildings with worn down not so level wooden floors and high tin ceilings and exposed brick walls and window glass that is wavy and has tiny bubbles in it.) During our first tour, I walked around with my mouth hanging open because I was so impressed with the building structure, the set up of the gallery and the art itself. My daughter could not stop smiling. The art, both 2-D and 3-D, is priced from just a few dollars all the way up to $800. Many business owners buy things for their offices, and private owners for their homes. We knew this was the place for our daughter to blossom and took the long, red-tape-paper-work steps to have her apply to be one of their artists. (I'm certain if you have a special needs child/young adult then you know what this all means at every step of their life! Paper work, waiting, denial, approval, more paper work...) My daughter has had many of her drawings and photography chosen to be professionally matted and framed to be offered for sale in the gallery. We are so proud!!

But back to the story about this store where anyone can go to buy recycled items as art supplies... don't you love the idea of the "trash curtain" in the top photo? I think it would be fun to customize on the edge of a porch of a backyard girly playhouse or displayed from the eave of a rough and tumble fort or clubhouse. It is colorful and waterproof and I even thought it could include some jingly things to be kind of a wind chime when blown in the breezes.

Take a look around and see what you can reinvent instead of sending it all to the trash.


Shelley said...

Neat...I like this idea....hope you and yours are having a great summer...blessings

Anonymous said...

You KNOW I like this!!!Is it at Scrap4Art? I miss that store! That trash curtain is so 'pretty'. Your Friend, Sharon