Déjà vu All Over Again, Again

Deja Vu Poster 2010Broken toys, yesterday's newspaper, and china shards may seem like trash to most, but in the hands of professionals, they can be transformed into beautiful art and fine crafts. In November, twenty-three artists displayed and sold their work at the 6th annual Déjà vu Art and Fine Craft Show in downtown Columbus, Indiana.

Held in honor of America Recycles Day, all the art and fine crafts shown were created using scrap or repurposing items most people throw away. Work included assemblage, mosaics, jewelry, metal sculpture, woodworking, journals, mixed media, furniture, collage, leather goods, and fiber arts.

By holding the show, the event's sponsors hope to demonstrate that art and fine crafts made from reused and/or recycled materials are just as interesting and equal in quality to that made of new materials. In fact, recycled art is becoming collectible, and it's often exhibited in fine galleries and shows across the nation.

Some of this year's more unusual entries were those of Bloomington artists Nick McGill and Susie Seligman. Reusing old machine parts, McGill transforms them into unusual candlesticks, and Seligman turns auction and flea market finds into whimsical chairs and sofas.

Other Bloomington artists included Martina Celerin who showed her spectacular weavings and Cappi Phillips who displayed fanciful mosaics. Popular artist and metal sculptor Glenn Carter returned for his sixth show.

Many who have toured the "Back Roads of Brown County" recognized Chris Gustin's rag rugs, and first time exhibitor Talia Halliday, of Bloomington, displayed handmade journals created from old hardback books.

Also new this year were Nashville mixed media artist Tim Carter-East, wearable arts artist Ann Johnson of Muncie, and Anita Hopper of Indianapolis. Hopper repurposes old leather goods to make stylish clutch purses and handbags. Bloomington artists Mary Hambly displayed intricately designed Paper Art Quilts, and Ruth Rives showed felted purses.

Other new participants included Columbus residents Larry Brackney, who creates assemblage, jeweler Martha Butler, woodturner Bill Griffith, and fiber artist Sophie Callaghan Miller. Also participating was Maggie Dixon of nearby Elizabethtown. She showed jewelry made of vintage buttons.

Some returning artists were Edinburgh jewelry artist Lori Henderson, Columbus' Marilyn Brackney, who showed found art dolls, and the husband/wife team of Mark and Lynne Medsker of Brownsburg. Mark is a metal sculptor, and Lynne uses mixed media to create collages. Also back to display their work were Columbus woodturner Chad Shock and jewelry artist Jill Stillwell.

In addition to the show, our school foundation sponsored a Shred-a-Thon that allowed people to bring documents for safe shredding and disposal. Also, a local school group held a light bulb exchange, which allowed people to trade 60 or 100-watt bulbs for more efficient CFL bulbs. Watch for an upcoming newsletter article that will give you tips on how to stage a similar art show and event in your area.
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Recycled Leather by Anita HopperArt by Ann Johnson

Woodworking by Bill GriffithJewelry by Lori Henderson Carrots by Martina Celerin

Metalwork by Nick McGill Cappi Phillips RabbitGarden Owl by Larry Brackney

What's In This Issue

Fall/Winter 2010

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Eco-Artware, an Earth Friendly Company

Since founding Eco-Artware in 1999, Reena Kazmann has showcased earth friendly gifts created by artists who share her vision of becoming a sustainable society. Featuring the work of more than 25 artists, Kazmann’s online store offers a variety of exciting, innovative designs created from used or discarded materials.

Artists see the possibilities for creating from just about anything, and that includes trash! In speaking about their abilities, Kazmann notes, “Our artists have a special imagination and talent to identify and use sustainable materials--these supplies are not always easy to find.”

Some have included items such as discarded aluminum road signs that were made into chairs, and keys that were rescued from old typewriters to make cuff links. In fact, Eco-Artware offers everything from kids’ toys and wearable art to home furnishings.

Kazmann, who is personally committed to living sustainably, carries her earth friendly vision throughout her company. In addition to offering merchandise made of used or discarded materials, she sees that orders are packed in a way that’s easy on the environment.

The company’s newsletter, Recycling Rag, is available online, free of charge. In it, Kazmann features eco-friendly designs, artists, and lifestyles. She also writes Eco-Artware Notes, a blog that’s updated twice a week. To learn more about both and to see the artists’ remarkable work, visit Eco-Artware online.http://www.eco-artware.com/index.php
This has been an extremely busy time, so we're combining the fall and winter newsletters and adding some extra material. Happy New Year!

• As you may have noticed, we've updated many of our art/reuse projects with better photos and directions, and we've moved them to the members' side of The Imagination Factory.

• In this issue of The Re-Source, we've included information about Déjà vu, the art and fine craft show that we organize each fall in celebration of America Recycles Day. Held in downtown Columbus, Indiana, this year's event featured 23 professional artists who reuse and/or recycle materials to create their work.

• To help you quickly find uses for scrap or solid waste, we've updated The Member's Only Trash Matcher. Featured below, it includes materials used in the art activities, Discover Hawaii unit, and the mini-lessons featured in previous newsletters. You'll find it on the main site, too.

• We briefly review a dozen or so kids' books with environmental themes. We're pleased to have a full page photo of Trashasaurus Rex and a description of the trashy beast featured in one book, which was published in South Africa.

• Eco-Artware, an online gallery of earth-friendly fine crafts, is featured, and we include photos of some of the outstanding work artists are doing as they help conserve our resources.

• We share an art/reuse idea that may start you thinking about Earth Day, which is in April. While that may seem like a long way off, activities such as The Landfill Project take time to organize, so we offer a mention of it and a photo for inspiration.

• Finally, the Leftovers section features Trashy Trivia, which includes some fun facts about, well, trash! Also, we feature a simple suggestion of how to reuse things most people throw away as art tools. We hope this newsletter is useful and fun to read. Have a great New Year!

What Can a Hubcap Be

Besides a Hubcap?

hubcap artThe Landfill Art Project, which was created by Ken Marquis of Pennsylvania, is an international initiative that involved more than 1,000 artists. In the beginning, he hoped to get a little over three- dozen people in his state interested in transforming old automobile hubcaps into works of art. Since then, Marquis expanded the project to include artists from all 50 states as well as some who live in other countries.

Professional artists created most of the landfill canvases, but students, emerging artists, the financially disadvantaged, and those with special needs did about 20%. Marquis’ next goal is to publish a book about the project, and finally, he hopes to create a traveling show so others can see how the old hubcaps were transformed into fine art.

Hoosier artist Lynne Medsker participated in the project, and her work, which is called Organic Geometry, is shown here. Using alcohol inks to color aluminum pieces, wire, and other shapes for detail, Medsker wove the wire through holes drilled in the hubcap, and then she attached decorated shapes to the form. The wire wandering through the piece like wild vines and the geometrical shapes inspired the title.

For more information, visit Artwork by Lynne http://www.lynnemedsker.com and the Landfill Art Project. http://www.landfillart.org

*Organizing your own Landfill Art Project would be a great way for students to celebrate Earth Day. Start collecting hubcaps now, and have kids create their own works of art for display on April 22, 2011.


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by Marilyn J. Brackney

Newsletters Archived by Topic

The link above will allow access to dozens of Imagination Factory art activities and articles that appear in all newsletters.

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This table takes you to lessons, in the member's only area, that are found in newsletters and revised lessons from the non-member's area.

Aluminum foil
Folk Art Doll
God's Eye
Rod Puppet
Folk Art Doll
Bed sheet
Bicycle inner tube
Bicycle inner tube
Folk Art Doll
Bottle caps Beach House Model
Bottle caps Dot Making Tools
God's Eye
Rod Puppet
Candy box
Candy Box Guitar
Rod Puppet
Cardboard Beach House Model
Cardboard box
Sidewalk Chalk
Cardboard food package
Pop Art Book
Cardboard tube
Folk Art Doll
CD jewel case (standard size)
Photo Frame
Folk Art Doll
Candy Box Guitar
Rod Puppet
Christmas cards Star Decoration
Coffee creamer containers
Hawaiian Musical Instrument
Coffee creamer containers (small)
Folk Art Doll
Color comics
Folk Art Doll
Construction paper scraps
Miniature Float
Corner molding
Candy Box Guitar
Crayon scraps
Recycled crayons
Deli or margarine container
Candy Box Guitar
Deli or margarine container
Folk Art Doll
Deli or margarine container
Rod Puppet
Doily Holiday Card
Dowel rod scraps
Rod Puppet
Dowel rod pieces Dot Making Tools
Driftwood Beach House Model
Dryer lint
Dryer Lint Clay
Dryer lint
Folk Art Doll
Easter grass
Folk Art Doll
Egg carton
Mancala Game
Folk Art Doll
Rod Puppet
Rod Puppet
Fabric scraps
Folk Art Doll
Felt scraps
Rod Puppet
Film canisters
Folk Art Doll
Foil, gold or aluminum
Miniature Float
Gift wrap scraps
Miniature Float
Glass bottle
Rod Puppet
Glass jar
Snow Globes
Greeting card
Greeting Card Star
Greeting card
Gift Box
Grocery bag, brown paper
Hawaiian Kapa Design
Hardback book
Book Safe
Jar lid or plastic container
God's Eye
Jar lid or small container
Book Safe
Jewelry (broken necklaces, etc.)
Jewelry (broken necklaces, etc.)
Mancala Game
Jewelry (broken necklaces, etc.)
Folk Art Doll
Markers (permanent, dried)
Colored Glue
Markers (permanent, dried)
Glue picture

Mat board Folk Art Doll
Mat board Tangram
Mat board (oval cut out) Easter Egg Picture
Mat board scrap Hawaiian Quilt Block
Mat board scrap Colored Glue Design
Mat board scraps Hawaiian Kapa Design
Newspaper color comics Rod Puppet
Newspapers Sidewalk Chalk
Newspapers Candy Box Guitar
Newspapers Rod Puppet
Newspapers Folk Art Doll
Newsprint Printmaking
Paper Doilies Christmas Card or Valentine
Paper towel tube Folk Art Doll
Paper towel tubes Mancala Game
Pencil erasers Dot Making Tools
Pen or Marker Caps Paint Brush
Phone book yellow pages Rod Puppet
Phone book yellow pages Folk Art Doll
Plastic bleach bottles Ball
Plastic container-large Sidewalk Chalk
Plastic deli lids, #6 Snow Globes
Plastic deli lids, #6 Shrink art
Plastic dessert cups Maracas
Plastic Easter egg Folk Art Doll
Plastic lids or flat containers, clear, #6 Shrink art
Plastic soda bottle-24 oz. Folk Art Doll
Plastic spoon Sidewalk Chalk
Polystyrene trays Lei
Polystyrene trays Hawaiian Kapa Design
Ribbon scraps Rod Puppet
Ribbon scraps Folk Art Doll
Rubber bands Candy Box Guitar
Rubber bands Ball
Rubber bands Tie Dye T-shirt
Rubber Bands Paint Brush
Rubber bands Book Safe
Satin Christmas ball ornament Rod Puppet
Sawdust Sawdust Clay
Scrap wood Folk Art Doll
Shoebox Miniature Float
String Lei
String Rod Puppet
T-shirt Tie Dye T-shirt
Tinkertoy rods God's Eye
Tinkertoy spool God's Eye
Tissue gift wrap Mancala Game
Tissue gift wrap Book Safe
Toilet paper tubes Sidewalk Chalk
Trash America Recycles Day Flag
Wine corks Dot Making Tools
Wood scraps Folk Art Doll
Wooden ice cream spoons Folk Art Doll
Wooden ice cream spoons Rod Puppet
Yarn Ball
Yarn God's Eye
Yarn Miniature Float
Yarn Rod Puppet
Yarn Folk Art Doll

More Kid’s Books with Environmental Themes

Some of the books listed may be out of print. If you can’t find them at a bookstore, check your local library or search Amazon.com for used copies.

Behn, Harry. Trees. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1992. ISBN 0805035508
Illustrated with drawings of trees and the creatures that inhabit them, this book shows the importance of learning how to observe nature. Printed on recycled paper.

Bjork, Christina. Linnea in Monet’s Garden.Stockholm: R&S Books, 1985. ISBN 9129583144
Combining actual photographs of Monet's garden with reproductions of his watercolor paintings and drawings, this book describes a young girl's fanciful visit to the artist's garden in France.

Brenner, BarbaraThe Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems About Our Planet. Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 059045134
A celebration of the wonders of Earth and the miracles of nature, this collection of poems includes authors such as Carl Sandburg, Shel Silverstein, and Margaret Wise Brown.

Ehlert, Lois. Snowballs. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995. ISBN 0152000747
A combination of collage and photographs, this book tells the story of some children creating a family out of snow as it explains how snow is formed.

Fleming, Denise. Time to Sleep. New York: Henry Holt and Co, 1997. ISBN 0805037624
Perfect for a toddler's bedtime story, nature's clues to the change in seasons alert Bear to tell Snail that winter is near. Each animal passes along the news to another, and finally, Ladybug awakens the already sleeping Bear to tell him it's time to sleep.

George, Jean Craighead. Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here. New York: Harper Collins, 1993. ISBN 0060211393
A grandmother explains to her granddaughter how winter signals the beginning of changes in nature and Earth's creatures. The book's paintings illustrate the effect that changes in light have on animals, causing them to migrate, hibernate or insulate.

George, Lindsey Barrett. In the snow: Who’s been here? New York: Greenwillow Books, 1995. ISBN 0688123201
Two children and a dog explore the woods in winter to look for signs of wildlife. A glossary and detailed color pictures help the reader identify animals the book's characters find.

Hiscock, Bruce. When Will it Snow? New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1995. ISBN 0689319371
This book, which illustrates how animals and people prepare differently for winter, tells the story of a young boy waiting impatiently for the first snowfall.

Kroll, Virginia. The Seasons and Someone. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994. ISBN 015271233X
Set in the Arctic, a young Eskimo girl learns about changes in the seasons by observing the native animals and plants.

Lee, Donve, Turning Trash into Treasure. South Africa: Awareness Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-77008-034-1 (Vol), ISBN 1-77008-037-9 (Series)
One of eight in the Our Heritage-African Arts and Crafts series, this book provides information about recycling as an aspect of African heritage and culture. Trashasaurus Rex, our site's mascot, is featured in this volume.

O’Donnell, Elizabeth Lee. Winter VisitorsNew York: Morrow Jr. Books, 1997. ISBN 0688130631
A counting book that also encourages wildlife identification tells the story of a variety of animals seeking shelter in a house after a snowfall.

Zolotow, Charlotte. Over and Over. HarperCollins Children’s Books; ISBN: 0060269561
Celebrating the year's holidays, the passage of the seasons is observed by a mother and her little girl.

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