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 environmental health educator Jennifer Johnson worked with more than 700 students to create “Rise Above Plastics: The Butterfly Effect,” an installation made from reused juice pouches, which is on display in the lobby of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. (#81 on the Arts Walk map) More info HERE
Jennifer Kuhns will once again have her mosaics made from salvaged stain glass and other materials in the window of Hot Toddy (#95 on Arts Walk map).
The Olympia Timberland Regional Library has Peeps Art Dioramas, Lincoln Elementary School youth art, and recycled materials sculptures made by youths with Tinkertopia (#70 on Arts Walk map).
Ruby’s studio mate, Amanda Weiss of Three Bad Seeds, transforms old wool sweaters and blankets into not-quite-toys-but-not-quite-traditional pillows (#107 on Arts Walk map).
Matter Gallery always has art from green/sustainable/recycled materials on display (#109 on the Arts Walk map), plus daily comic strips by Chelsea Baker (who utilized cardboard packaging to mount her strips)
And of course, Ruby Re-Usable will also be around for Arts Walk, either at the studio (416 Washington St SE, which is #107 on the Arts Walk map) or, weather permitting, wandering the streets with her shopping cart full of fabulous repurposed plastic bag flower fascinators for sale.
Marita Dingus and Ruby Re-Usable worked with all of the 7th graders at McClure Middle School in Seattle for 3 days (5/15 – 5/17/2013) to create “mavericks” (the school mascot) out of discarded plastic stuff which they attached with telephone wire to a black plastic mesh that was purchased at the RE Store. There were 5 classes (about 130 students total), so 5 horses were created for display in the main entry way. The installation should happen in June, so stayed tuned. Some pics from the project HERE
We were interviewed for the school newspaper, and one of the students asked us how did we meet; so we told him how back in 1986 we were both in a juried craft show at the (old) Tacoma Art Museum, and were really impressed by the other’s work. It was Marita who turned Ruby on to the joys of using a glue gun! And it was during a brainstorming session in Ruby’s living room, with Marita wondering what to do with a bunch of fabric and telephone wire, that the “snake” project was born, which became the basis for the “animals” and “little people” projects. Watch a vid of Marita demonstrating How to Make Little People with Marita Dingus on Vimeo
Sweet Wishes candy wrapper dolls by Ruby Re-Usable
Ruby Re-Usable will be teaching a recycled art doll workshop at the Seattle RE Store this Saturday, May 21, from 1 pm – 3 pm. More info HERE
Create recycled art dolls from common household junk that would otherwise end up in the recycling and/or trash bin. Bring a clean old sock (holes okay), a clean bottle (16 oz – 67 oz, plastic or glass beverage), candy wrappers, fabric scraps, and any other small, clean, colorful pieces of junk that you have been saving, and discover how a low temperature glue gun combined with some imagination can turn trash into fun figurines. Some junk, as well as all tools, will be provided. Participants will learn how to make 2 different kinds of dolls, as well as see examples of other kinds of recycled art dolls/figurative sculpture.
Yellow Plastic Trash Gyre Baby by Ruby Re-Usable
Can’t make it to Seattle? See examples of Ruby’s recycled art dolls HERE and HERE and HERE
Regina Hackett at Art To Go got the scoop (but why she titled her post Two Seattle Chandeliers when the artists in question are both from Tacoma makes me want to remind everyone everywhere that Seattle is NOT the only town in Washington State where art happens, but I digress), so Olympia Dumpster Divers went on a fact-finding mission to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA to visit our friend, Barbara De Pirro, who has been working with the public in the education studio as an artist-in-residence for the past two months.
Barbara’s project was part of MOG’s Science of Art Program, exploring light: its qualities and interactions on various materials and surfaces. Since it is not feasible to have drop-in hands-on glass art activities happening in the studio (there is the Hot Shop where one can watch the amazing process at a safe distance), the projects in the education studio utilize other media, such as recycled materials, which are readily available and economical, and ecological, too.
As Regina pointed out in her post, one can find similarities to Dale Chihuly in De Pirro’s project. Not only is she making decorative chandeliers, but her installation in the education studio has an underwater aquatic theme ala many of Chihuly’s pieces, including the beautiful Bridge of Glass ceiling.
See more pics of how Barbara De Pirro created art from everyday objects at the Museum of Glass HERE. Make Art Not Waste!
who’d a thunk that the WSJ would become my fav source for recycled art news?! Shout out to our friend Robin Worley aka Rayona Visqueen, who has been doing the trash fashion thing since like 1988; go Robin, Nancy, and all you flashy, trashy gals!
Ruby Re-Usable presented a special 3 part workshop at The Evergreen State College for the Imagining the Body program, where she worked with over 80 TESC students and their 4 professors to create Identity Dolls from Detritus. These dolls are now on display at The Evergreen State College Library until the end of winter quarter.
Ruby Re-Usable loves recycled art and she loves dolls, so finding a flickr group dedicated to Recycled Art Dolls was a dream come true; check it out HERE
While we were in Seattle the other week, we caught up with Kim Groff-Harrington and made plans for a recycled art doll trade. We also have promised to trade with Jessica Geiger for one of her amazing and sometimes disturbing dolls.
Kim Groff-Harrington with her recycled bottle cap and tin art doll