Last Chance to See Two Trashtastic Art Shows

Ruby Re-Usable sitting next to her plastic bag and tape sculpture, Mother and Child/Plastic Is Not Healthy for Babies and Other Living Things

There are two excellent group exhibits here in the Pacific Northwest that showcase art from recycled materials, and both are ending soon: Saving the Environment: Sustainable Art exhibit at the Schack Art Center in Everett (April 23 – May 30, 2015) … Continue reading →

“The Girls” by Marita Dingus

Marita Dingus at Traver Gallery 2015
NIGERIAN GIRLS, edition of 100 (detail)

Marita Dingus‘ latest art exhibit, The Girls, is at Traver Gallery until March 28.  Marita continues her fearless exploration of recycled materials in this fierce display of female figures of the African Diaspora that range in size from 6 1/2 … Continue reading →

Have a Trashionable New Year

"junk jewelry" by Ruby Re-Usable, made with cat food can pull tabs and pop tops

So as this is an end-of-the-year post, we thought we would reflect on this past year while looking forward to the next.  For me, Ruby Re-Usable, the thing that stands out the most is Trash Fashion.  I am eagerly anticipating … Continue reading →

Art from Rubbish by Michelle Reader

Fox recycled art sculpture by Michele Reader

Since 1997, Michelle Reader has been working to make recycled materials into sculptures, often incorporating mechanical elements such as the working parts of toys and clocks. Her materials come from city dumps, roadsides, and thrift shops, and include both household and industrial … Continue reading →

Upcycle Style: Fashionable Fife

Upcycle Style trashionistas backstage

The Diva of the Olympia Dumpster Divers, Ruby Re-Usable, and Darcy Anderson (Team Tinkertopia in Tacoma) presented a trash fashion show on 9/13/14, as part of the Valley Ballyhoo Performing Arts Show in Fife, WA.  This was a first time collaboration between Ms … Continue reading →

Steve Jensen’s Art Boats

Viking Bot by Steve Jensen

Last Friday, Olympia Dumpster Divers attended the Percival Landing sculpture exhibit kick off party here in Olympia, WA.  It was a lovely little reception at the Harbor House, where chips and dips and non-alcoholic beverages were served and ballots passed … Continue reading →

Oly Arts Walk: recycle art review

"Salvage" nest by Cynthia Salazar and Joe Batt

Well, the weather for the Spring Olympia Arts Walk weekend was cold and damp mixed with rain and a little hail and then some rainbows, the usual Northwest fickle spring … not very conducive for wandering around admiring art.  However, … Continue reading →

Olympia Earth Day Arts Walk

Ruby Re-Usable (w/friend Linda C) and her shopping cart of repurposed plastic bag flower fascinators

Happy Oly Arts Walk!  Olympia Arts Walk brings out the creativity in our citizens, and every year more folks are working with trash/recycled materials to make amazing art.  Here is a preview: Thurston County solid waste educator Carrie Ziegler and … Continue reading →