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!
Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/197719587018839/
We have recently decided to work towards becoming a part of SCRAP USA, a project of SCRAP in Portland, OR. The SCRAP USA project was started because of a growing interest in creative reuse center entrepreneurship. There are currently three other SCRAP USA locations and we are looking to become the fourth. How do we do this? We must demonstrate a community desire for this type of thing, so if you desire us then please send us an email and let us know! or you can join our facebook page as well.