Friday, September 17, 2010

What can you make out of SCRAP?

Answer: A mask!
That's the challenge from this year's SCRAP Incognito Auction and Art Show. SCRAP is the School & Community Reuse Action Project, a place that takes materials donated from schools and individuals in the community, puts it in a warehouse and sells it to be reused. It's an amazing place!

The space is stuffed with stuff...quilt fabric bundles, upholstery ends and samples, dress fabrics, yarn, needlepoint canvas, raffia, plastic rope, wire, hooks, tins, shoelaces, velcro pieces, granite and tile samples. Office supplies like labels, paper, files, rubber bands and paper clips. Oil and acrylic paints, ceramic molds, glue, crayons, markers and glitter. Paper in all kinds: wrapping, tissue, writing, orgami and cards. Ribbons, laces, ties and gift bags. Electrical speakers that hook together like magnets, twisted wire, steel wire, hooks, rings and many, many other wonderful things.

It was so overwhelming at first, I just looked. Then I went home, looked around my studio full of stuff that I've had donated to me for reuse. And let my mind 'mull' a mask.

As a participating artist, I got $25 of free 'scrap' to use to make a mask. I also knew I would use some of my stash of aluminum window screening to sculpt the mask. I also love wire, yarn, raffia and rope at SCRAP. I also love to crochet and paint. Now, how was I going to use it all together? The ideas flew....even my kitty, Terra is curious how this is going to turn out.

I've been happily working on it all week, so stay tuned for the finished pics coming here, soon!


goldenbird said...

We have a SCRAP in San Francisco. I've never been there but have heard great things about it. You sound so inspired! Looking forward to seeing the finished pics.

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

You really should check it out...the amount of stuff is amazing.

I had a lot of fun and I'll be putting up pics tomorrow!