Art from Rubbish by Michelle 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 →

Steve Jensen’s Art Boats

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 →

Guerrilla Recycled Art in Olympia

Olympia Dumpster Divers first read about Guerrilla Man in The Weekly Volcano (Hanging with the Mysterious Artist Guerrilla Man) back in November 2013. The Volcano named his work “Best Guerrilla Art” in Olympia 2014.  Then King 5 Evening News Magazine followed … Continue reading →

Have a Trash-free New Year

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Still our favorite art from recycled materials blog: Art for Housewives And still our favorite trash blog: everydaytrash More Favorites: Lady … Continue reading →

This Re-Usable Life: New Jersey

Ruby Re-Usable made a pilgrimage back to her home state this summer, and while she did not get to check out all of the weird, wonderful, artsy and trashy sites of New Jersey, she did get to briefly visit the … Continue reading →

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair

Ruby Re-Usable has been reusing plastic bags in her art work since 1999 (Wonder Bread bags since 2000).  In 2004 she was commissioned by the City of Olympia to create a piece of art that would be used as the … Continue reading →

Mavericks with Magnificent Marita

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 … Continue reading →

Ries Niemi’s Dumpster Art

Artists use a myriad of materials from a variety of sources, including, of course, dumpsters.  Check out this booklet by Ries Niemi, which he made for the Chamber Music exhibit at the  Frye Art Museum: … the book is actually not … Continue reading →

Art from Food Scraps

One of the recycled materials that we don’t post about very often is food/food scraps.  According to American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom, Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption.  Composting is one way to … Continue reading →

Khalil Chishtee

Just discovered Khalil Chishtee‘s compelling plastic bag sculptures: Khalil Chishtee is a Pakistani artist that uses trash bags to form and mold life. The sculpture“™s poses of emotions release and brings out a connecting value that together allows our souls … Continue reading →