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Job Opening at Austin Creative Reuse

 

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We’re looking for creative enthusiastic people to join our team!

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online to info@austincreativereuse.org

We review applications on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible.

We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position.

October Artist Spotlight: Jane Burson

 

How did you start doing art and what is your preferred medium?

I loved to draw as a little kid and just kinda kept at it. My parents are also both makers – I think that nurtured my natural inclination to want to tinker around and try to figure out how to make the concepts in my head reality. I’ve dabbled in a lot – pottery, jewelry making, leather-working, weaving, knitting, painting, graphic art – but these days I mostly work in illustration (both digital and traditional) and as a ‘geek couturier’ – designing, patterning, and sewing outfits inspired by fashion history and geek media.

 

What drives your creative spirit these days?

Community! At the beginning of last year I was in a terrible art rut, then I won the Her Universe Fashion Show with a look inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle at 2018’s San Diego Comic Con and got to design a Marvel Avengers Endgame capsule collection for Hot Topic as part of the prize. I’ve met such incredible people through this experience, and really, being part of a community of encouraging, supportive, passionate people makes it easy to keep the creative spirit fed.

 

How does reuse play a part in your art?

Reuse comes in a lot when I’m working on a fashion piece in particular – I’ve always been uncomfortable with how much negative impact the fashion industry has on the environment and the communities exploited by the first world’s demand for cheap clothes. Using secondhand materials is my small part in mitigating that. It’s also a lot easier on my bank account – people who don’t sew are often surprised that even a relatively simple outfit can require hundreds of dollars’ worth of materials!

 

What compels you to donate to ACR?

I hate wastefulness, and I hope that if I’m not using something to its full potential, someone else might be able to.

 

Do you have a favorite ACR find? What did you do with it?

Oh man… how to pick! I’ve found so many incredible fabric deals – bolts of silk dupioni, Italian wool gabardine, changeable taffetas – for only a few dollars a yard. Most of the projects I’ve sewn this year – my Captain Kirk, Captain Marvel, Golden Snitch, She-ra – have been made predominately from ACR Fabric.  I also love scouring the fine art section for paints and drawing pencils at a steal.

 

Where can we find out more about your art?

I’m currently most active on Instagram as @JaneMakesStuff

 

September Volunteer Spotlight: Deedy Woolard

 

What motivates you to volunteer?

An opportunity to do something positive for individuals who need help and causes I feel strongly about.

Why ACR?

Since I was coming in every week to shop, a staff member suggested I might want to volunteer. Since I was retired and had the time and when you volunteer you get to shop early, it sounded like a good idea!! The fact that the goal of ACR positively effected the environment was a bonus.

How long have you volunteered with ACR?

I think 2 to 3 years. Some times when the fabric donations have piled up, it seems like a lifetime.

Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?

Both. By buying a large percentage of my craft supplies and creating projects based on items I find here I’m feeding my art aspect and at the same time I’m able to conserve and help the environment.

Where else have you/do you volunteer?

I have done the same Meals on Wheels route on Tuesday for 14 years. I love it and hope to continue for another 14 years.

What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?

The people. The staff and fellow volunteers are great. I feel like we are one big happy family.

Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR?

About a year ago a volunteer started helping us with fabric on Monday mornings. At first game of the UT volleyball season there she and her husband were sitting a few seats down in the row in front of us. We discovered we all had had those seats for several years but didn’t know we were ACR volunteers.. Small world?!? Also if anything UT shows up at ACR, staff and many of the volunteers immediately let me know.

Thanks Deedy for all you do to help keep our center looking so great! <3

Find out more about becoming a volunteer here

Annual Report FY2019

ACR 2019 Annual Report

Click the (pdf) link above to read all about what we’ve been up to!

 

         

 

 

September Artist Spotlight: Stephanie Page

How did you start doing art and what is your preferred medium?

I grew up loving clothing-as-expression and was a professional international model as a teen, so my brain has always been into fabric & fashion. I started sewing after college, and as I settled into who I was, I expressed myself by the clothes I was making and dabbling in other mediums and layering them on with my sewing. If it involves fabric, I’ve probably worked with the technique. It took me a long time to call myself an artist, but as I started to share more of my work via costumes for performers, on Instagram and in shows, I felt comfortable with that term now.

 

What drives your creative spirit these days?

COLOR & PRINT is always on my mind, but I’m very much driven by the supplies I have on hand. I collect special fabric from my travels, ACR, and do some of my own surface design – so fabric will inspire my sewing choices. For the last few years, I’ve been very focused on sewing apparel exclusively, but I am branching out now with larger scale fabric collages and painting – again based on the supplies I’ve ended up with.

 

How does reuse play a part in your art?

In addition to collecting supplies from ACR, I’m always scouring goodwill for high quality clothing to refashion via painting. Honoring & extending the life cycle of an item is important to me, so I visibly mend my clothing. Visible mending extends the life of an item, but also honors the stories the clothing holds by putting a spotlight on the wear and tear, plus it pushes back against the perfection of capitalism and subtly reminding others to do the same. On a fun note, I just repaired a pair of shoes that were falling apart and refashioned them by adding fur – I get so many comments on them!

 

What compels you to donate to ACR?

Space! I have a small studio in my backyard and there’s only so much room, so the occasional purge of items that no longer speak to me is necessary!

 

Do you have a favorite ACR find? What did you do with it?

It’s hard to pick a favorite – I have used so much fabric from ACR in various projects over the last few years. My most recent project with ACR materials was a wide stripe home dec fabric and a wild Ikea print that I used to make a backpack for a very exciting trip I have soon.

 

Where can we find out more about your art?

@vividvoltage on IG and www.vividvoltage.com

 

September Reuse and Rethink Challenge: Party Supplies

 

Get creative this month with PARTY SUPPLIES!!

Use anything from our Party Section to create a full costume, accessory or artistic creation!

Our Party Section includes but not limited to: Ribbon, Tissue Paper, Balloons, Party Cups, Streamers, Table Cloth, Mardi Gras, Beads, Masks and SO much more!!  We hope you’ll get extra crafty and create a one of a kind look or creation. Halloween is just around the corner!!!

 

Submission:
When you’ve completed your creation, please provide up to 2 photos of your art piece, your contact info and a short description of materials used. Your submission can be made in person at our center or in an email to rethink@austincreativereuse.org

Your creation should be made from Reused Materials  — all materials will be available at a low cost (as always) at Austin Creative Reuse

One winner will be notified  and receive a $10 Gift Card to ACR. They will also be announced on our social media, along with photos of their creation displayed in the center and on our website!

Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge)

Deadline: September 30th

Please feel free to email rethink@austincreativereuse.org with any questions. Good luck!

Find more inspo and ideas on our  Pinterest Board!

How to Love your Reuse Center

 

Hey Friends! We want to send out a reminder: There’s a lot of time and work that goes into receiving and processing donations. Every little bit helps, here’s a list of things we’d like to remind y’all about

Making a Donation

  • Organize your donations and please bring them in a container you do not need back.
  • We love fabric donations, we don’t love partial clothing donations
  • No bedding or curtains.
  • No takeout containers, food containers, including those from meal subscription services.
  • Please make an appointment for large donations.

Shopping in the Center

  • When shopping, put items back in the bin you found them in
  • Want to open a package or unroll fabric? Ask for assistance!
  • Put bins back after looking through them
  • Keep bucket items and individual priced items separate
  • Spreading out bins on the floor prevents other customers from reaching items around you.
  • We are happy to hold items behind the register while you shop.

We accept drop-off donations during the center open hours.

Please be patient with us as we work to make ACR the best it can be!

Thank you!

What We Accept- At a Glance                          Wish List
What We Accept- Itemized List                        Business Donations
What We Cannot Accept                               Material Drive
Other Donation Resources

 

August Volunteer Spot Light: Carol Trapani

We have so many ways to get involved with ACR. Besides processing donations, we love when our volunteers want to contribute in a more specialized manner. Read more about how Carol donates her time and talents below.

What motivates you to volunteer?

Now that I’m retired, I think it’s important to spend time supporting causes I believe in.

Why ACR?

I find the recycling of creative materials very relatable for me. I think the idea is genius!

How long have you volunteered with ACR?

I’ve been volunteering at ACR about 18 months.

Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?

I’m a real craft person so the arts aspect of ACR is what drew me in and continues to fuel my creativity.

Where else have you/do you volunteer?

I have also volunteered at Settlement Home and St. Louise House.

What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?

I enjoy the other volunteers and staff, as well as scouting out items to purchase.

Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR?

Another volunteer, knowing that I’m from New Orleans, made me a fleece blanket of New Orleans Saints fabric. I was very touched by that thoughtful gift!

Thanks Carol for all you do to keep our center looking so great! <3

 

To learn about about becoming a volunteer click here.

August Reuse and Rethink: Sewing Pattern Envelopes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get creative with these fun artistic Pattern Envelopes! Use the cool envelope and feel free to incorporate the actual patterns.
Give craft projects a great vintage vibe;
reuse patterns to make anything from Mixed Media, Greeting Cards, Lamp Shades, Decorative Journals,  and so much more!

 

Submission:
When you’ve completed your creation, please provide up to 2 photos of your art piece, your contact info and a short description of materials used. Your submission can be made in person at our center or in an email to rethink@austincreativereuse.org

Your creation should be made from Reused Materials  — all materials will be available at a low cost (as always) at Austin Creative Reuse

Winner will be notified  and receive a $10 Gift Card to ACR. They will also be announced on our social media, along with photos of their creation displayed in the center and on our website!

Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge)

We hope you’ll take this months challenge!

Deadline: August 31st

Please feel free to email rethink@austincreativereuse.org with any questions. Good luck!

Find more inspo and ideas on our  Pinterest Board!

 

August Artist Spotlight: Celina Ferencz

 

How did you start doing art and what is your preferred medium?

I’ve always spent my free time doing creative things such as sewing, making jewelry, drawing or crafting, but I fully embraced life as an artist studying art history in undergrad and then costume design years later in a competitive graduate program. That led me to a career in costumes where I get to do a variety of things with clothing and fabric every day. I worked as a shopper in New York and the exposure to amazing fabrics and trimmings available opened up my eyes and imagination to the endless possibilities of creating with fabric.

 

What drives your creative spirit these days?

In my line of work, I am always surrounded by clothing, either buying it or organizing it or dressing people in it. I’m also obsessed with fabric, so just looking at different patterns and textures gets my creative juices flowing. I’m constantly inspired.

For the past year or so, I have really gotten into designing and sewing for myself. After years of making things for other people, I’ve found it to be extremely rewarding to make special pieces just for me! I love the challenges of sewing and the sense of accomplishment I feel when someone compliments me on a piece I’ve made. It is so satisfying for me to make an article of clothing that I can wear to work no matter what challenging weather conditions or terrain we might be faced with, and feel like I’m wearing a functional, comfortable, cute garment (with pockets) that also fits me perfectly. I finally made it a priority to sew for myself and now I just can’t stop, momentum is driving me.

 

How does reuse play a part in your art?

I’ve always loved thrift stores and the concept of reusing and recycling. My first stop when looking for fabric is ACR and local thrift stores. Not only do I save money, help the planet and give life to something that would otherwise end up in a landfill, wearing a unique piece that has history, mystery and a story behind it really fills me with pride. Added bonus- I have much less guilt overall if the project doesn’t work out!

 

What compels you to donate to ACR?

Since I’ve discovered ACR, my fabric collection has really grown, but my storage area has not. I have gotten so many great bundles of fabric from ACR, I feel like I want to give back! Also, I just love the concept. Being creative and making art shouldn’t be an expensive endeavor, and I love that ACR makes that magic accessible to lots of people, while also providing a place for us to pass along materials that might not have been a perfect fit for a specific project but shouldn’t be thrown out. I love the feeling of sharing, inspiration and community that ACR provides.

 

Do you have a favorite ACR find? What did you do with it?

Oh gosh- there are so many! If I had to choose, I would say it’s gotta be this amazing vintage green plaid wool that I grabbed on a whim. I made a unique coat and I absolutely love it and I’m really proud of my pattern matching! (pic included)

 

Where can we find out more about your art?

Instagram! I am at celinasews 🙂

I post a mix of current sewing projects, fabric finds, and pretty much anything sewing related, as well as behind the scenes moments from my costuming world that I think are funny, disturbing, surprising and real. People tend to think that the film industry is all glamour, but it is really hard work and there is so much that goes into costuming a show- it’s fun to share bits and pieces of that world when I can.

 

 

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