Sometimes you have to “think outside the box” when it comes to receiving a donation of thousands of gift boxes. Thankfully, the donation coincides with the one year anniversary of Humboldt’s first creative reuse center opening their doors. Since then, the small nonprofit project has been busy diverting materials from the landfill and sharing these items with the community. In honor of their upcoming birthday celebration, SCRAP Humboldt is inviting the community to participate in their community art project. Swing by SCRAP to pick up a gift box between March 10-14th, “ Think Inside the Box” and transform it into a small art piece. Return the gift box to SCRAP by Thursday April 10 for exhibition during April Arts! Arcata. SCRAP Humboldt is a project of SCRAP, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. SCRAP is located at 101 south H Street, Suite D in Arcata. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11a.m. to 6p.m. For more information visit http://www.scraphumboldt.org
Old denim jeans, birdseed bags, t-shirts, neck ties, and gift ribbon are just some of the materials that were transformed into reusable bags in SCRAP Humboldt’s Reuse:Redesign contest. Over forty reusable bags were entered by participants from four different countries. A selection of the winning bags will be exhibited during Arts! Arcata on Friday, March 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SCRAP Humboldt, on the corner of south G street and H street (101) in Arcata.
In celebration of the City of Arcata’s Reusable Bag Ordinance, SCRAP Humboldt invited the community to submit their own reusable shopping bag creations. Jackie Hamilton of Fortuna’s It’s Sew You, won the “People’s Choice Award” for her repurposed bag made from an old pair of pants. Jessica Waggoner won the “SCRAP Favorite” award for her finely crafted and detailed plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) bag.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join naturalist and artist Julie Clark to learn some of the skills needed to make a nature journal on Saturday February 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Using reused materials supplied by SCRAP Humboldt, participants will learn how techniques such as leaf rubbings, collage, contour drawing and poetry can be used to create a work of art that captures your outdoor experiences.
In addition, a brief lesson about the Lewis and Clark expedition will highlight the importance of making detailed drawings of the flora and fauna of any given area. Weather permitting, participants will take a short hike to practice water color/contour drawing in their newly created nature journals.
Open to adults and adult/child teams. (Appropriate for children 9 years and older). Adults: $16 members/$20 non-members. Children: $8 member/$10 nonmembers. Snacks and supplies will be provided.
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Work Party! This Sunday, November 3rd from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Come and help make our new storage space in the Marsh Commons awesome and organized! We have a beautiful new space to sort and store our donations and we need to build shelves and clean and organize. We also will be working on our new fabric and yarn nook.There will be something for everybody to do, so if you can spare some time that Sunday, come on down and join the party!
What does 7 tons look like?
One elephant can weigh 7 tons.
We have diverted over an elephant’s weight in materials from the waste stream.
In August 2012, we became an official sponsored project of SCRAPin Portland, Oregon. It is at that time, that we began documenting each donation we receive by recording the weight and material type. This means that 7 tons of (re)usable materials have been donated to SCRAP Humboldt in a little over a year.
Donations come from local businesses, nonprofits, manufacturers, educational institutions and individuals. To see a list of materials we accept for donation click here.
Together we can keep usable materials out of the waste stream and get them into the hands of local artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, businesses, and community members.
Like the title of her jewelry line, Athena Rose believes that there is beauty and a unique essence in the things that we discard which naturally age and rust and lay forgotten in drawers, boxes and old jewelry boxes. She is the featured artist during the month of September at SCRAP Humboldt, and will host a reception on September 13 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. as part of Arts! Arcata. SCRAP Humboldt, Humboldt County’s first creative reuse center is located on the corner of South G street and H street (101 H street) in the SoSa (South of Samoa) Neighborhood in Arcata.
As an exhibiting artist in Los Angeles in the 80’s and 90’s Athena Rose was part of the group using found objects in installations, alters and assemblages. During that time she made jewelry and continues to do that to this day.
“We are a society that favors the new, the shiny, diamonds, gold and silver to adorn ourselves. I prefer the look of objects that are old, aged or being reused in new and different ways. I have worked with found objects for many, many years and even though I have been lured into other media, I always return to the discarded, the unwanted, the left behind. There is a soulfulness to rust, to worn metal, to an aging patina. How was this object used? Who used to own it? The stories are endless and I enjoy being a part of an object’s history and never ending narrative.”
Athena currently finds herself participating in the revived Upcycle world. Her jewelry addresses our social practice of discarding and not reusing. There is a rich tradition in other areas and countries where we have left our discards – telephone wire, empty metal containers, bottle caps and others- in which these objects have been incorporated into adornment or other repurposed items. If beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, than we need to relook at what we think we want to get rid of and instead use what we have already made. She can be reached at RuinandRedemption@hotmail.com
Malia Penhall will be showcasing a series of portraits made from a combination of embroidery, knitting, fabric and acrylic for the month of June. Please join us for Arts! Arcata on June 14 from 6pm-9pm.
These images were created in 2011 as a way to explore the issue of abandoned animals. Malia ”sees dogs in shelters and pounds as coiled potential waiting to be unleashed. These canines have the capability to fill our lives with joy and memories that will stay with us our lifetime. Why are these trusting creatures abandoned as though they are disposable possessions?”
Using internet photos of dogs in local Humboldt animal shelters, Malia creates the portrait of a canine. The tactile process of embroidery and knitting allows her to connect to the subject of her work.
I am living and creating in Arcata, California. My work has been published in the Humboldt Magazine and I have been interviewed about my art for the radio. I have had many exhibitions in Humboldt County, including First Street Gallery and Reese Bullen Gallery. Currently I am painting and working on a large scale instillation for the Creamery Distinct festival in August.
When I am not creating in my studio I am the ISA for Museum and Gallery Practices program at Humboldt State. I work with the Arcata Playhouse teaching in their artist in residence program, helping out with stage production and festivals. I have been in the Kinetic Grand Championship race as member of June Moxon’s team for the past three years. In addition to I busy myself with knitting, sewing and cooking.
This semester we have been working closely with the ENGR 215: Introduction to Design course in Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering department. The class works closely with a client (us) to develop specific projects. Reused materials have been at the heart of each team’s design. On April 25, the projects will be unveiled. We are honored to have worked with such talented and creative students and we can’t wait to see their final innovations! Join us April 25 3:30 & 5:30pm at HSU Science D room 17!
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