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COVID-19 Updates

For the past few months, Austin Creative Reuse has adapted to to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this page with the latest information.


August 24, 2020

We reopened our doors to the public this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out to show your support, we’re humbled by the huge turnout of our community. As expected, there were some bumps in the road, but we are learning, listening, and adjusting. Here are some changes we’ve made to our COVID-19 policies within the center, effective immediately:

  • We will be increasing the number of customers in the center to 20 at a time. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line. The increased number of entries will decrease the waiting time outside the center, yet still keep us within our 25% occupancy, ensuring the safety of all patrons, volunteers, and employees.
  • We will allow children under 10 to enter the center. Children will be required to follow all the same protocols as adults, including masking and social distancing, and must remain with their parent or guardian at all times.
  • A friendly reminder that there are no pets allowed inside the center, with the exception of service animals. We love our furry friends, but please leave them at home.

August 17, 2020

We’re Reopening!

When we closed our doors on March 15th, we thought it would be two weeks before we could reopen again. We had no idea that 5 months later, we would still be in the midst of a global pandemic, with no end in sight. The team at Austin Creative Reuse has been incredibly adaptive during these strange times – quickly opening up an online store, offering custom orders via virtual video conferencing, and hosting sidewalk sales multiple times a week. Despite all these new services, we know it hasn’t been enough to serve the needs of our entire community. After much careful consideration, we have decided to reopen the doors to our center on Thursday, August 20th

We know that not everyone is comfortable venturing out into public spaces, which is why we will continue to offer our online store with curbside pickup, and custom orders via Zoom. However, we will discontinue our sidewalk sales upon reopening. 

Health and safety has always been at the forefront of our decision making process, and we’ll be taking several precautions to minimize risk and exposure for our staff, volunteers, and you – our loyal customers and supporters. 

If you are feeling ill, caring for someone who is ill, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days, we ask that you postpone your visit to ACR.

  • Limited Hours: We’ll be open during the following times:
    • Sun – Wed: CLOSED
    • Thurs & Fri: 10AM – 4PM
    • Sat: 11AM – 6PM
    • Curbside pickup will remain available from 10AM – 4PM, 7 days a week
  • At-Risk Shopping Hour: We will reserve an hour each week specifically for those who are at risk.
    • Sat: 10AM – 11AM
  • Limited Entries: We will limit the number of customers in the center to 10 people at a time, and party size will be limited to 2 people. Entry will be first come, first served. If we are at capacity, you will be asked to queue outside the center in a socially distanced line.
  • Masks Required – No Exceptions: In the best interest of everyone’s health and safety, we are not allowing shoppers in without a mask. We understand some people may have conditions preventing them from being able to wear one, however, we have other ways to access our services through online shopping and custom orders. For a nominal fee, we’re happy to pull together items for you to pick up curbside, in order to minimize your risk and exposure.
  • Contact Tracing: All customers will be asked to provide a name and email address or phone number upon entry. We value your privacy and will only use your contact information in the event of a known exposure.
  • Other Health and Safety Measures: Customers will be required to have their temperature taken and sanitize their hands prior to entering the center. You will also be required to keep at least 6 feet of distance from others while shopping inside.
  • No Kids Allowed: Although we love our tiny reusers, we kindly ask that you leave the little ones at home at this time. We will allow the following exceptions: parents with infants are welcome to shop during our at-risk shopping hour, and kids 10 years of age and older will be allowed in if wearing a mask. They must remain with their parent at all times.
  • Material Donations: We will continue to accept donations by appointment only, and walk up donations will be politely turned away. We are not allowing shoppers to bring donations at this time.
  • Frequent Cleaning and Sanitation: Prior to reopening, we will have a professional sanitation company perform a deep cleaning of the center. We are also sanitizing surfaces and high touch areas at least twice daily and providing frequent hand washing breaks for our staff and volunteers.

We are eager to share our new space with you! Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to each of you for your patience, support, and understanding during this time. We’ll see you soon!


July 20, 2020

While we remain closed to the public, we’d like to remind you of all the exciting services we are currently offering:

  • Material Donations – We continue to take donations by appointment, only. These are still going quickly, but new spots are added each week for the following week.
  • Online Shopping – We’re adding new items to our online shop every day!
  • Custom Orders via Zoom – Looking for something specific? Make an appointment to shop virtually! For 30 minutes, you’ll have someone available to show you all the goods we’ve got in store.
  • Sidewalk Sales – We are holding multiple sidewalk sales each week that are accessible by appointment, only. We announce the upcoming schedule and release appointment spots via our weekly newsletter so be sure you’re signed up to get first dibs!

June 23, 2020

Our first outdoor sale was a huge success! Moving forward, each week we’ll pick different categories of your favorite crafting supplies and bring them out to the sidewalk for you to peruse. These sales will be accessible by appointment, only and we’ll announce the schedule through our weekly newsletter. Make sure you’re signed up to be the first to know!


June 16, 2020

We miss our community dearly!  Today, we held our first (of hopefully many more!) outdoor sidewalk sales. It was lovely to see everyone, we so appreciate your support. 
 
We had high hopes to begin the re-opening of our creative reuse center this week. Given the news on Monday of the City and County extending the stay at home order until August 15th, we have made the decision to re-evaluate our options. We know you are eager to get into the center and believe us, we are eager to see you too. However, the safety of our staff, volunteers and the whole Austin community is our highest priority. It is up to us to make these difficult decisions and be responsible in our business practices to ensure long term safety for all of us.  
 
We are researching different ways of getting materials into your hands and onto your crafting tables. Below you will find information on custom orders. Stay tuned to our social media channels for info on our next outdoor sidewalk sale, and don’t forget to visit our online store – new items are constantly added and curbside pickup is available 7 days a week from 10AM – 4PM. 
 

Thank you for all of your support and patience.  Remember to wear your mask!

 

Announcing Custom Orders!

Make a purchase from your couch and pick it up curbside! For 30 minutes, you’ll have a live, personal shopper available to you via the video conferencing app, Zoom. 
 
How it works:
  • Make an appointment – these are first come, first served!
  • Put together a list of items you’re looking for ahead of time – that 30 mins goes quick!
  • You’ll be emailed a link with your Zoom meeting info in your appointment reminder.
  • Payment will be collected at the end of your appointment.
  • We’ll wait for 5 minutes past the start of your scheduled appointment. If you haven’t joined by then, you’ll be considered a no-show and charged a cancellation fee and your appointment fee will not be refunded.

May 26, 2020

A quick update about all the happenings over here at Austin Creative Reuse! Although we still remain closed to the public, our amazing staff has been working hard behind the scenes to get items posted to the online store and into your hands, piloting a personal shopping program, and figuring out what opening in a post-pandemic environment looks like. We continue to accept material donations, and in response to overwhelming demand, we are nearly doubling the amount of appointments available! Last week, we eagerly welcomed back our core volunteers in a limited capacity. We started allowing contactless pick up of projects they could take home to work on and bring back to the center at a later date. Finally, keep an eye out for exciting news regarding private shopping appointments! (Yes, that means getting ACR all to yourself!)

Thank you to everyone for your support, patience, and creativity throughout all of this. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


May 9, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that ACR is receiving a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program! Having this funding secured helps shield our financial losses over the past two months, which means we can breathe a little easier and make things happen on a timeline that we are comfortable with. We’ve made the decision to keep the center closed until further notice, and will re-evaluate that decision on a weekly basis. In the meantime, we continue to engage our staff who choose to work during this period and pay them full wages.

While we remain closed to the public, we are boosting the inventory available in our online shop and will be adding new items several times a week. We are also actively researching ways that we can expand the remote ACR experience for our community through virtual workshops, custom orders, and other exciting programs!

Finally, drumroll please…we will restart accepting material donations next week! We understand many of you have been busy cleaning out craft closets, decluttering, and learning what you can live without throughout the past several weeks. We can’t wait to take those items in and find them a second home! Donations will be accepted by appointment only and this will be strictly enforced. No walk up donations will be accepted. Please read the new instructions carefully and be sure to look over our donation best practices and lists of items we accept and don’t accept prior to bringing your items in.


April 28, 2020
 
For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community at large, we are continuing to NOT accept material donations at this time. We are making adjustments to our donation policies and procedures for the wellbeing of everyone in the Austin Creative Reuse community. We ask for your patience as we navigate this new normal together. Hang on to those donations, we will make an announcement once we’re ready to accept them! In the meantime, remember to check out the lists of: Items We Accept and Items We Don’t Accept, pre-sort them, and put them in a container you’re willing to donate as well. Do not leave donations outside of the center!

April 24, 2020

You asked for it, we listened!
We are very excited to announce that ACR is now open for online shopping and curbside pickup! At our new online shop, you can find tutorial kits with supplies and instructions to create unique pieces of art for the whole family, highly sought-after items such as sewing machines, and mystery grab bags full of miscellaneous goodies to bring the ACR experience to you. We are currently only offering sales of the items in our shop – but don’t worry, we hope to expand our online inventory soon. 

All orders must be picked up curbside until further notice – please read the pickup instructions carefully at the end of your checkout.


April 18, 2020
 
Here at Austin Creative Reuse, we take the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and customers very seriously. ACR will remain closed to the public throughout the extension of the City of Austin’s stay at home mandate, which goes through May 8th. However, with the governor’s new executive order that allows online sales and curbside pickup for retail establishments, we are researching different ways that ACR can offer sales in a limited capacity.
 
We are currently planning for how and when ACR can responsibly reopen once local, state, and national restrictions have been lifted. Please note, some of our policies and procedures will change regarding volunteering, shopping, and donating materials at the center. We appreciate everyone’s patience, flexibility, and understanding as we navigate this new normal together!
 

April 14, 2020
 
ACR will remain closed until further notice. On April 13th, the Board of Directors voted to continue paying staff for hours worked at home through May 11th. 
 

April 1, 2020
 
Due to the City of Austin’s stay at home mandate, the center will be closed to the public, staff and volunteers until at least April 13th or such time as the order has been lifted or changed and recommendations have been made to open businesses again to the public. 
 

March 25, 2020
 
Here at ACR, we pride ourselves on transparency. We want our community to know that we are doing all we can to help those affected most by the center closure, our hardworking staff. During an emergency board meeting held on Tuesday, March 17th, the following was decided:
 
“While the center is closed, ACR will continue to offer hours to staff who wish to work. We have provided take home opportunities to employees for the duration of the stay-at-home order mandated by the City of Austin. We would like to emphasize that working during this time is optional. There will be no impact on long-term employment at ACR for any staff who choose not to work during this period. ACR is committed to offering full wages to employees who work or are scheduled to work through Sunday, April 12, 2020. We will endeavor to give you as much notice and transparency as possible in this rapidly changing environment. We continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, WHO and local authorities.”
 

March 15, 2020
 
After much painful deliberation, we have decided to be proactive and close ACR to the public, effective 8PM tonight through Sunday, March 29th. We did not make this decision lightly. Our mission, first and foremost, is to divert materials from the landfill. However, we did not feel that it was socially responsible to continue accepting donations at our center. Eliminating that piece of our operations while continuing sales feels like we are not staying true to our mission. Therefore, closing temporarily is the right choice to ensure the continued health of our volunteers, staff, and shoppers. We will actively monitor policies and directives at the local, state, and federal levels regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will adjust accordingly, if needed.
 
ACR is a small non-profit comprised of a large volunteer community, and 11 paid staff members. While this closure will have an unknown effect on our livelihood as an organization, we are committed to ensuring that our staff have the opportunity to continue working if they so choose. Closing to the public will allow our staff to practice safe distancing, proper sanitation protocols, and limit the number of people coming in and out of the center. During this time, the staff will be working to organize the center and make it even better than before! 
 
We care about our community and understand that during these uncertain times, creativity and artistic expression are much needed. Be on the lookout for inspiring digital content from us! We also encourage you to stay engaged remotely via our Austin Creative Reusers group, or tag us @austincreativereuse to show us what you’re working on. If you have the capacity, consider making a financial donation or purchase an online gift card to use once we re-open.  
 
These are strange times. Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other. We will keep you updated via email and our Facebook page with any developments. 
 

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Sustainability Spotlight: Break it Down

 

What is the mission of your company or organization?

At Break It Down, we envision a world where resources are valued, not wasted.

 

What environmental issues does your company address?

Break It Down focuses on sustainable waste management. We divert materials away from the landfill by providing recycling and composting services for our clients.

Composting is the process of decomposing organic material. Through the management of the nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich materials, you can produce nutrient-rich soil. This end product has many uses, and thus adds value to the organics, instead of just letting them pile up in a landfill. We also allocate pure veggie and fruit scraps to be used as nutritious animal feed by local farmers.  

 

What eco-friendly initiatives does your company or organization uphold?

We are working with Austin Resource Recovery to help Austin achieve our Zero Waste goal by 2040.

Did you know that by composting organic matter and diverting it from the landfill, we’re reducing the release of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times morepotent than carbon dioxide? Methane is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and is a very potent heat-trapping gas. Composting is one way our city can reduce our GHG emissions. 

 

How do you hope to make an impact on the Austin community or world at large?

We aim to find the highest-value end-use for the materials that we collect! Whether it’s diverting edible leftover food to feed animals or giving back to the earth through our full-service composting program, Break it Down is changing food waste diversion here in Austin.

We also recognize the value of community education. We provide our clients with immersive, bilingual trainings to share the importance of sustainability, and taking care of our planet amidst the climate crisis.

Where can we find out more about your company or organization?

Our website: https://breakitdownaustin.com/

Or our socials: 

Facebook: @Letsbreakitdownatx

Instagram: @breakitdownatx

Twitter: @letsbreakitdown

 

September Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Miller

 

Jim Miller

 

While most ACR volunteers help to process the tons of donations we take in each month, some folks donate their other skills and talents to the organization. Long-time volunteer Jim Miller puts his tool belt to work – crafting DIY fixtures and working through the laundry list of things that are in need repair or improvement. Whether you know it or not, you’ve likely seen Jim’s handiwork throughout the center (be sure to thank him next time you see him!). We’re immensely appreciative of everything Jim does to help out ACR. His problem solving ability, can-do attitude, and sense of humor are unmatched! Thanks, Jim!

 

What motivates you to volunteer for ACR? 

Well, the ACR Board President, Carole LeClair, is my wife. My initial motivation to volunteer was a bit selfish – to keep Carole happy and thereby avoid sleeping on the couch. But seriously, I strongly believe in ACR’s mission. I enjoy working on the list of “Jim jobs” that Jen and Kat maintain.  I especially enjoy working on new DIY benches and display fixtures. 

 

How long have you been involved with ACR? 

About 7 years I suppose, but I have had much more time to volunteer since retiring about 1.5 years ago.

 

Where else have/do you volunteer? 

Just ACR on a consistent basis right now, but I am actively exploring new volunteer ideas.

 

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

Chatting with the nice folks in the center. Dumpster diving with my fearless wife. Working on the list of Jim jobs.

 

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

I was initially terrified of most of the ACR staff and volunteers, especially in the old center on a busy day there was nowhere to stand without interfering with someone. I felt like a long-tailed cat in a room of rocking chairs. Interestingly it was Vernon who showed me a guy could contribute. He is such a rock star at ACR I felt a bit jealous.

 

Here are just a few of things Jim has built for ACR:

 

Custom bucket fixture

 

Custom, rolling frame display

 

Custom plexiglass shield – thanks for keeping us safe!

 

Taking a break during the big move (with the flower display he mounted in the background!)

Announcing ACR’s New Executive Director, Jenn Evans!

Jenn Evans

 

Austin Creative Reuse is thrilled to announce the hiring of Jenn Evans as our Executive Director! 

 

A graduate of Duke University’s Environmental Science & Policy Program and the University of Chicago Law School, Jenn currently works as a contractor for ACR coordinating volunteer projects with the Junior League of Austin.  Her position was financed through a Community Project Grant from the Junior League of Austin.  

 

For the last four years, Jenn has been extensively involved in ACR as a volunteer and board member.  As a board member, Jenn led ACR’s sustainability initiatives, which focus on furthering ACR’s conservation mission by implementing our Sustainability Policy, supporting our zero waste goals and maintaining our status as a platinum-level Austin Green Business Leader.

 

Previously, Jenn had been the Deputy Director of Austin nonprofit Families in Nature and an environmental law associate at the global law firm Allen & Overy LLP.  She sits on Austin ISD’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee and is active in the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative from the National League of Cities.  She also founded Nature Playdate, a nature community for Austin families, and is active in several other local environmental and community groups. 

 

Jenn spent much of her childhood traveling up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida in the back of her parents’ baby blue 1970s Econoline camper van.  While it might have been frowned upon by today’s standards (there were no seats in the back of that van, let alone seat belts!), her fond memories of days on the beach, hikes in the woods and nights spent around the campfire started her down a path toward environmental stewardship that she now hopes to instill in her own children and share with her community.

 

“I am delighted for the opportunity to take on this new role with ACR,” says Evans.  “The support of our community has always been tremendous, and no less during the challenges of the last five months.  With the re-opening of our new center in Windsor Park, ACR is poised to create a vibrant community space where all members of our community can come together to explore, conserve and create.”

We are excited to have Jenn join our staff.  While this has been a trying time for all businesses and especially nonprofits, having a solid leadership team will help us ensure our success.  

 

“ACR is in an opportunistic time and we need an amazing leadership team to steer the ship through these waters,” says ACR’s Center Manager, Jen Mack.  “I look forward to working more closely with Jenn on planning future programming, activating the center and getting the word out about ACR in new and innovative ways.”

 

When she’s not out promoting the beauty of creative reuse, Jenn can be found chasing around her three wild kids and working on their old camper van with her husband, Kelly.  She digs travel, the ocean, cool mountain breezes and admiring the creativity of all the folks who pass through the doors at ACR.

 

Please feel free to contact Jenn with any questions or notes of congratulations! execdirector@austincreativereuse.org

 

FY2020 Annual Report

If we could sum up FY2020 in one word, it would be: GROWTH. So many incredible things took place, including the big move! Here are just a few highlights of all we were able to accomplish with the support of our community:

  • We opened our new Creative Reuse Center in the Windsor Park neighborhood of Austin in March 2020. The new space is over 11,000 square feet, 7 times the size of our original center, and offers new ways to explore, conserve and create with ACR.
  • Volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours of their time to sort donations, help out at events, and of course – move us into our new space!
  • 262,000 pounds of donated materials were diverted from the landfill
  • We had a 97% diversion rate – that means 97% of materials that came into the doors of our center either found new homes through our shoppers, or through our partner organizations.
  • Our Closed Loop School Supply Program was piloted with two elementary schools
  • ACR was named a platinum-level Austin Green Business Leader

Read the full report below:

ACR_FY2020_Annual_Report

Customer Spotlight: Andrea “Andy” Alfaro

Andrea “Andy” Alfaro @wholeconcept

 

How did you find out about ACR?

When you guys were smaller, I think through my roommate at the time who is also an artist. I shopped with you guys off and on, but when you guys opened this location, you became way more accessible for me, so I’ve been here 3 times in the last two weeks.

 

Why do you shop at ACR?

It’s sustainable, it’s variety, it’s affordable, and it’s interesting and inspiring. I’ll see something and think oh I can do this, rather than just have a baseline. You know, what can I do next?

 

What do you use the items you purchase for?

Today I’m buying frames because I have an art show on Saturday and I’m framing my art. I got some stuff for making masks in the materials section, some paper for collaging and drawing and I really like the vintage section – I’ve gotten some great gifts there.

 

What’s the craziest or most unique item that you’ve found at ACR?

A vintage little glass box with these delicate crumbling flowers with a little bird’s nest where I put a baby bird skull that I found.

 

What’s your favorite part about shopping at ACR?

It feels explorative, and I like the no-waste component. I don’t have to buy a whole bunch of materials at once because there’s this space that has an ongoing supply of items.

 

 

See more about Andy’s upcoming art show at http://www.collectionrert.org/

Anthropomorphic: Andrea Alfaro + Chris Martino

September 19th to October 3rd, 2020

Select a private viewing appointment on either September 19th or October 3rd. Each 30-minute appointment slot can accommodate up to 6 people who will be viewing the exhibit from 2 different windows outside of the gallery, providing ample space to each other and wearing masks to respect everyone’s safety. If you would like to set up a different viewing time, contact info@collectionrert.org

 

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Call for Art! Contribute to ACR’s Fall Fundraiser!

 
Austin Creative Reuse is seeking art, apparel, and home goods from artists, crafters, makers, and designers made from mostly reuse materials for the soft launch of our online gallery and fall fundraiser!
 
The fundraiser runs for three weeks and will feature creatives who select a sliding scale commission split to benefit ACR. Fill out the form to submit a work! Selected items will appear in the online event running October 23- Nov 15th.
 
***Very Important Final Step***
Please email up to three quality images of each piece (180 DPI or higher) to Calder Kamin at calder@austincreativereuse.org. The call closes October 10. Selected artists will be contacted by October 17th.

Make a Catnip Bat

It’s less than 60 days til Halloween! Let the spooky crafts begin!! For this catnip bat toy, you can play with all kinds of fabric scraps, but it is best to use something durable for the body. Or, maybe you like catnip exploded all over your house! Have fun making all kinds of bats, and hand them out like candy to all of your cat friends. If you need any of the supplies, swing by ACR! We always have plenty of felt, thread, and Halloween inspiration! 
 
 

Make a Wrist Pincushion

How many different things can you make with a fabric sample book? So many! Last week, we made a homemade banner. This week, let’s make a wrist pincushion! You could make a ton of these with just one book, and your hand stitching skills don’t need to be at all fancy. Fabric sample books are 50 cents each at ACR, and we even stock them in our online store

August Reuse and Rethink Winner: Mimi A

This month, we challenged you to rethink the versatile slide carousel. We’re pleased to announce our winner, Mimi A! We were very impressed by Mimi’s ability to think outside the carousel and make it into something completely reimagined and new to us. 

Using a variety of reused and repurposed materials, Mimi created a lighthouse with a working light. “My family really likes this piece of art. My husband is creating a space for it to be seen permanently and my daughter-in-law said this is her favorite piece that I’ve created.”

With light off

With light on

Materials Included:

  • old lazy susan (base)
  • rocks from the yard and ACR
  • white rocks from Dollar Tree
  • glitter snow (from ACR for the path to the light house and just a few specs in the water)
  • Paint medium from Dollar tree
  • Mika powders (from old craft kits used for the water)
  • paint (from ACR)
  • paper scraps (from ACR used for the windows and railing)
  • slide show carousel (gallery – what the sailor is standing in/on)
  • inner piece of 2 slide show carousels (the piece connected to the gallery)
  • old foam paint brush (door)
  • paper cup for lantern
  • old tea light from a pumpkin decoration
  • old plant pots
  • boat, oars, and mermaid (from old craft kits)
  • lego sailor

 

Thank you to everyone else for your ideas and submissions! As always, your creativity inspires us!

September Artist Spotlight: Jennie Tudor Gray

How did you start creating art?

I am an Austin, TX based multidisciplinary artist, art and yoga teacher, curator, and social justice activist who is passionate about using the arts and yoga as a method of social change. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an All Level Teaching Certification from Texas State University-San Marcos. I have been creating art since I was a little kid for as far back as I can remember. It is always something that came naturally to me and I feel at my most sincere when I am creating as well as teaching others art, design, and yoga. Making art is the way I process the world around me. It is my life’s passion to share my love for art, creativity, and self expression with others.

 

What is your preferred medium?

To be honest, I rarely stick to any one art medium, but enjoy exploring as many different materials and processes as possible in order to deepen my own practice as an artist, as well as to better inform my ability to teach a wider variety of art styles and techniques with my students.

I have spent many years of creating intricate collages and mixed media works out of vintage and altered books, found objects, recycled materials

 

How does reuse play a part in your art?

I like being able to use discarded objects in my work in order to give them new life, reduce waste, and also draw attention to pollution and mass consumption. I think there is something special to be found in the pages and materials from old books and objects cast off by our consumer society. You do not have to spend a lot of money on art supplies in order to create meaningful and significant work. I love reusing materials because the media ends up becoming the message and helps tell the story for you. For the Climate Strike in 2019, my students and I made dozens of protest signs using all recycled materials and found objects and we bought no new materials.

 

How has your art adapted during the pandemic?

During the pandemic my art has adapted into making use of the materials I already have at home or am able to order online. The pandemic has increased consumption in some ways such as having dozens of brown paper grocery bags from curbside pickup, empty bottles of hand sanitizer, empty canisters of disinfectant wipes, and forced me to consider experimenting with these items in innovative ways. The pandemic has also impacted the way I teach art through remote learning. Since my students are spread out around the world and have a wide variety of circumstances and limited access to  supplies, we had to get very creative in our projects. I taught about the life and work of Andy Goldsworthy, who does site specific installations using only natural materials, like leaves, sticks, stones, and snow and students went out into their yards or a nearby park to create their own installations inspired by his work. I am also looking forward to creating wearable art with recycled materials and packaging from all the items we have delivered to us and having a “Trashion Show” with my students this year.

 

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

I found some amazing vintage jewelry when I was there including a groovy bakelite pendant with the profile of a young girl with a bouffant hairdo, as well as some unique rhinestone brooches. 

 

Where can we find out more about your art?

You can find out more about my art at www.jennietudorgray.com, on Facebook Jennie Tudor Gray, Artist https://www.facebook.com/jennietudorgray

Instagram and Twitter @jennietudorgray

For samples of work with my students, you can find it on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/msgraysartroom and IG @msgraysartroom and http://jennietudorgray.blogspot.com/

 

 

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Thu/Fri: 10AM - 4PM
Sat: 11AM -6PM
Curbside Pickup, 10am-4pm, Daily
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