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Scrounging for materials and tools is a central part of my studio practice, and there are great bargains to be found! In the past year, I’ve purchased a nice amount of silver for about $2/ounce, received several pounds of enamels, and refurbished hundreds of rusty chasing tools. Luck has a lot of influence, and the generosity of donors cannot be understated, but there are also strategies involved to help make oneself luckier as well. This blog will also promote recycling and reusing by encouraging artists to donate or sell excess tools or materials to others who need it.
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Good idea Randi! I just want to be sure that whatever anyone ends up organizing here will include metalsmiths etc., ceramicists, furniture makers and glass artists. We have such a wide range of craft artists on the site, I'd want everyone to be able to participate. Thanks guys! :-)
Whoa Ms Lankford, you must have the scrap Kavorka! You lucky duck. That place sounds dreamy.
Love the idea of doing some kind of exchange/making project!! Maybe charms/charm bracelets/necklaces that could be auctioned off to fund another CraftHaus scholarship?
This is a shot from inside Construction Junction in Pittsburgh, PA and where your humble servant will take you when visiting.
Ahhh, the joys of living in the 'burgh...!
From their website:
At Construction Junction, we are committed to environmental stewardship in waste prevention through the practice of reuse. Waste prevention and material reuse help to delay entry of items into the solid waste stream. This practice reduces the burden on landfills, and helps conserve natural resources by reducing the energy and pollution associated with manufacturing.
Reuse is different from recycling. When a material is recycled, it is processed and remanufactured, requiring additional resources and energy to produce a new product. Reuse is defined as the use of a material after its originally intended purpose, without breaking it down into its raw components.
Construction Junction encourages donation of unwanted building materials. Wood, brick, concrete, metal and cardboard are the most commonly recycled materials from construction debris and make up more than 50% of the total waste stream.
comment,most of my best work are made from objects found scrounging.
Brigitte, Construction Junction and Creative Re-Use are amazing! I spent an afternoon there last year and was so sad that I couldn't find a way to get large things home. Half of Construction Junction would have been coming with me!
My next spell at the SCC will, with any luck, involve input from Creative Re-Use.
Scrounging for me is finding that perfect item that will make a particular piece come to life. It means looking around the house, outside on the ground, the department store and other places. I often surprise myself by finding a simple little thing that I think might work, take it to the studio and see if it fits my objective.
I will be in town in a few weeks - and boy, I am up for that junking trip! (And my mom's house is under contract, so I'll be in loads between now and the end of April if the sale goes through...)
Wow, terrific idea.
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