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October: Reuse and Rethink Contest Winners

Let’s Congratulate the Winners of our October Reuse Rethink Contest!

New uses for Mustard Bath Cans

Helen Allen

Kids category –  Jack Vines age 11

You two can come pick up your Prize – One FREE Bucket load from our Bucket Section at ACR!

As for all our other participants – we want to thank you by gifting you a free button pin of your choice!

Each month, we will have a Creative Reuse Contest! Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge) all materials will be available at a low cost as always at ACR. Check out Novembers challenge here!

Reuse and Rethink Contest: November

New Uses for Old Bike Parts

This month’s challenge:
New Uses for used bike parts.
Let’s see your new use for old bike parts, anything from tiny creations, like jewelry, robots to bike size creations!!

Check out our up coming Art Of Reuse workshop where students will learn how to make jewelry from recycled bike parts.

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

Deadline: Nov 30th
Winner will be notified and announced on social media, along with photos of their creation displayed in the center and on our website! Good luck!

Each month, we will have a creative reuse contest!
Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge) all materials will be available at a low cost (as always) at Austin Creative Reuse.

Art of Reuse: Recycled Bike Part Jewelry

Art of Reuse: Recycled Bike Part Jewelry

Sunday November 11th from 12-2PM

In this class, students will learn how to make jewelry from recycled bike parts (including but not limited to: inner tubes, chain links and washers) using just a few materials and tools. Both jump rings and wire-wrapping techniques will be used to fasten earrings and bracelets together. No previous jewelry-making experience required.

We’re very excited about this one folks! Tickets for this event sold here.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Miller

1. What motivates you to volunteer? I am motivated to volunteer at ACR because of its conservation mission that incorporates creativity, the people, the location, and the ease of volunteering in ways that fit my needs.
2. Why ACR? Same as #1
3. How long have you volunteered with ACR? Around 3 years, I think
4. Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why? As an environmental engineer with a strong interest in recycling and reuse, I was drawn to ACR by the conservation aspect but have stayed on at ACR more because of the social and creative aspects.
5. Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why? I also volunteer with Boy Scouts with an all-girl crew and an all-girl troop and with Girl Scouts, with a focus on supporting other troops and developing older girl programming. I am now an empty-nester, but until my children graduated from high school a little over a year ago, I served in various volunteer roles at their schools.

I am excited to be combining my love of ACR and Girl Scouts by developing Girl Scout-focused workshops. So far, I’ve led a succulent planter workshop and a combination birdhouse and SWAPs workshop. I’m excited by our proposed move to a larger space where offering workshops will be much easier to pull off.
6. What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR? When I started volunteering on a weekly basis in the Bucket section, I didn’t think I would care for it, but now almost 3 years later, I find that a weekly trip to sorting and tidying up the Bucket section serves as my weekly creativity-fix field trip ala Julia Cameron and her “The Artist’s Way”. I am so inspired by seeing and touching various materials that have outlived one useful life and have gone into a bin in the Bucket section to begin a new life. Concurrently with that, I have taken several mosaic courses from the extraordinary Dianne Sonnenberg, who has taught two Art of Reuse workshops at ACR. Mosaics give new lives to old and broken and unused items in ways that are surprisingly and unexpectedly beautiful.

I also enjoy take-home projects, such as removing buttons from Josco shirt fronts, sorting plastic bags, and rolling fabric for the Bucket section. I leave these projects out in my dining room, and sort a few items each time I walk by and while I watch TV. I love turning my TV time into a benefit for others.
7. Do you have any interesting or funny stories about something that happened while you were volunteering at ACR? I really love interacting with customers and especially like to ask, “what do you plan to do with that?”, when they hold up a particularly interesting but weird thing. And the funniest thing has to do with going by Assistance League’s Thrift House one day to donate some of the materials that we received from a Goodwill donation and would not be able use. As I was dropping the items off, I look over and see regular ACR volunteers Margey and Dee Dee dumpster diving for craft items for ACR. And actually, they were recovering those items with ALA’s permission for ACR.

 

Thanks for all you do Karen!

Learn more about becoming a volunteer at Austin Creative Reuse here or feel free to email us: info@austincreativereuse.org

September Reuse Rethink Contest Winners

Let’s Congratulate the Winners of our September Reuse Rethink Contest!

Mark Slownsky and Chloe!! You two can come pick up your Prize – One FREE Bucket load from our Bucket Section at ACR!
As for all our other participants – we want to thank you by gifting you a free button pin of your choice!

 

Each month, we will have a creative reuse contest!
Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge) all materials will be available at a low cost as always at ACR.

Learn more about our October challenge here.

 

 

 

October: Reuse and Rethink Contest

This month’s challenge: Mustard Bath Cans

Come shop for not only your craft supplies but with a challenge in mind – (think Unconventional Challenge) all materials will be available at a low cost (as always) at ACR.

Make something big or small! Each can is .25 cents or buy a 5 gallon bucket of them and more supplies from our Bucket section for $5.  Heck you might have already bought these and turned them into pumpkins or some other amazing creation?!

This reuse art contest is another way Austin Creative Reuse will inspire people from all ages and backgrounds to create and reuse.

Here is how it works:

  • Each month, we will have a creative reuse contest!
  • Materials used must be reused — all materials will be available at ACR for simplicity in gathering your creative pieces.
  • The submissions will be judged on three qualities:creativity, workmanship and use of other reused materials.
  • Every month a prize from ACR: a FREE bucket of reusable materials of your choice from ACR’s bucket area.
  • Have fun!

 

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 ACR or in an email to barb@austincreativereuse.org.
  • Deadline: Oct. 31st

Winner will be notified and announced on social media, along with photos of their creation displayed in the center and on our website!

Good luck!

Artist Spotlight: Katie Cowden

 

How did you start doing art? 

“I come from a creative family. My mom is a freelance calligrapher and became an art teacher when I was in kindergarten. She was also my art teacher briefly in high school, so there was a lot of art at home.  As for my own art, I was also a craft-oriented preschool teacher for 10 years, and then I took a laser-cutting class and quit my job to do start a jewelry line as my full time job.”
 
What is your medium?

“Everything! Embroidery and applique. My grandmother embroidered and smocked and handmade clothes. My scissors tattoo is to honor her. I am self-taught in photography. And of course, laser cutting–  I started my business Killer Queen Designs five years ago.”

How does reuse play a part in your art?
“How does it not? I’m always at ACR finding storage and jewelry findings (specifically pinbacks.) My favorite thing about going to ACR is finding things there to guide me. The Center is my material inspiration behind my subcription-based Experimental Earring Club. I am able to challenge myself try a new technique every time I visit ACR based on what I find there.”
 
What excites you about shopping at ACR?
“Potential! There’s always something new that I would not have expected that inspires me to work in a different way, 
like the metal tin lids from the bucket section I use to transport magnets from my studio to my wholesale clients. I can always find supplies for new methods and techniques so that I can inexpensively try new things without investing in brand new supplies and tools.
 
“From an eco standpoint, I always try to keep my business carbon footprint low. I use post-consumer recycled chip board for packaging. I laser cut as efficiently as possible to conserve material. Buying equipment and supplies at ACR and shopping local helps me avoid big-box stores or having to go the Amazon route.
 
“I have also found a lot of great gifts for other artists I know, such as supplies and how-to books and kits. I am always running into other artists from the community at the Center.”
 
Where can we find out more about your art?
“I am curating an art show opening in October. It’s all women or non-binary artists, the theme is Witches. For that, I’m making these shadowboxes shaped like houses, filled with lots of found objects. I mostly found the bits inside, like little bottles, miniature shingles, and doll parts at ACR. I’ve been collecting items for four years for this show.”
Joining Katie are Leslie Karin, Roshi K, Emily Ding, Lys Santamaria (another ACR artist!) and more at Recspec Gallery. Opening is October 13th, running through November 3rd.
Follow Katie Cowden on instagram @katiecowden, or visit katiemakesart.com.

Volunteer Spotlight: Marji Freeman

What motivates you to volunteer?
I like to volunteer because I like to support others, do a variety of things, serve a purpose, stay busy, and meet people. Volunteering let’s you do all of these things.

Why ACR?
I liked ACR from the first time I stepped into the store—ACR had me at fabric! As I learned about the mission of ACR I really came to appreciate the organization. I was going to ACR once a week with my friend, Deedy. Shortly after I retired from my life’s work, it was time to find what my life’s work would be in retirement. One day Carol said, “you know, if you volunteer here you can also shop.” With that I decided to see if I really could be of help to ACR and feed my soul at the same time. It was a match!!

How long have you volunteered with ACR?
I retired in November 2016 and started volunteering after that.

Are you more into the arts aspect of ACR or the conservation aspect and why?
If truth be told, I was into fabric when I started at ACR, but today, I am more into the conservation aspect of the organization and, of course, I am still into fabric.

Where else have you/do you volunteer?
I also volunteer at the food bank in their kitchen. I get to work on a lot of different things, from chopping onions, to traying up meals, to washing dishes. I also love my work with Project Linus. I love making flannel blankets and fleece blankets that go to children in need. ACR is where I get most of my fabric for these blankets, making it more affordable to do and supporting the reuse of materials. Each of these volunteer opportunities are different from each other, fulfilling my desire to have variety in what I do, keeping busy, helping in different ways, and meeting people.

What do you enjoy the most out of volunteering for ACR?
One of the things I especially like about volunteering at ACR is the variety of people I get to meet. I am grateful that I am supporting our environment through ACR, and yes, I get to work with fabric.

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

Recently, Deedy and I went to the Longhorn volleyball game at Gregory Gym. Sitting in front of us and a couple of seats to the left of us was Kelly, also a Monday morning volunteer. We spotted each other and our mouths dropped open. We were so surprised and so delighted to see each other. It turns out we have sat in those same seats for the last couple of years, but we didn’t know each other until this summer when we met at ACR.

Learn more about becoming a Core Volunteer at Austin Creative Reuse here.

Makerspace in the Classroom

What is a Makerspace?   

Makerspace provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces.

STEM is a hot topic and this is an easy way to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math in just one area of your classroom!

ALL YOU NEED IS AN AREA IN THE CLASSROOM FOR STORAGE, A TABLE OR FLOOR SPACE.

Items you can find at Austin Creative Reuse!

  • Plastic containers or baskets for storage.
  • Tinkering items in the bucket section.
  • Pencils, markers, paper, rulers, and scissors.
  • Cardboard tubes, glue, and tape.
  • Pipe cleaners, craft sticks, and pom-poms.
  • Plastic/tin lids or containers.
  • Straws, yarn, and feathers.
  • The list is endless and you can always ask parents for donations!

Here are some ideas to set-up your makerspace area!

 

 

 

 

Austin Creative Reuse Celebrates 3 Years!

 

September 24th marks the third anniversary at Austin’s first and only Creative Reuse Center. What an amazing three years it’s been! On our first Saturday, we just hoped someone (anyone!) would find their way to our “not so easy to find” center. To our delight, 33 of our supporters showed up to shop and celebrate with us. In those first months, we were open to the public six hours a week and averaged a few hundred shoppers per month. Today, we welcome our community 40 hours a week to shop, plus an additional 20 hours to volunteer.
If you have been in the center on a Wednesday or Saturday (or any day it seems), you know we have steadily outgrown our current location. We will soon bring our community a new, bigger, better center complete with expanded shopping and a dedicated workshop/community space. We will offer more programs like Art of Reuse, Craft Nights, Kids Art Workshops and Educator Professional Development.


Look for more details on our move very soon!

We want to send a sincere THANK YOU to our entire community. We can not do this without you!

 

6406 N. IH35 #1801, Austin, TX 78752
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Tel: (512) 375-3041