Read about the artists who will be offering their work at the festival!
Zoe Wylechenko is a fashion designer and is bringing two very vibrant concepts to the festival. She’s been doing some version of sewing from used clothing since high school in the mid 80s. Zoe loves shopping secondhand and feels it truly is amazing the things that you can find that someone was finished with. Many of the items still have so much purpose and Zoe says it feels great to give it a new life, using her imagination to recreate something versus letting it just go wasted and end up in a landfill.
Zoe continues, “Another thing I love is patchwork. My grandmother was an amazing seamstress and creator of hand sewn quilts for her family and friends. Her talent of combining colors, textures and fabrics was an inspiration and I believe I was lucky enough to glean some of that.”
Fingerless gloves are made entirely by repurposing old sweaters. Zoe searches secondhand shops, the bins, garages sales or wherever for the best quality of wool and cashmere sweaters. Then she washes them, cuts them open to use a the fabric for her gloves. Combinations of strips cut and sewn together to make a one-of-a-kind piece.
Skirts with pockets are made from secondhand t-shirts, hoodies, sweaters and any other clothing item that stretches. Zoe says “I reinvent necklines and cuffs to create the skirt pocket. I combine strips of various colors, patterns, and textures for the end result of a unique and artfully designed skirt. Everything is easy to take care of, comfortable and exciting to wear.”
You can hear Zoe’s love for what she does. ” Reclaimed materials are the best. Hunting for cashmere and wool in good condition – the thrill is definitely in the hunt. Going to garage sales, digging in bins, taking donations from friends’ closets – treasures galore! Something with a stain in it, for me that’s an opportunity to figure out how to use it in a different way. A moth eaten sweater provides a creative way of patching together pieces that end up making a one-of-a-kind combination. The warmth and feel of something previously worn and washed up just adds to the aesthetic of my designs.”
Zoe Wylenchenko and Zoe Jones Design is at Table #20.
A funny thing happened on the way to this festival. Early in the planning process the committee discussed ways to get the youth of McMinnville involved. We very much understand that as much as the adults make the changes that are needed to help the earth, our children and grandchildren are the ones who will be living with the effects of the past 100 years of industrialization. So, we wanted to set up an art exhibit to help get them thinking and learning.
We contacted the art department at Linfield and the art department at Huntington High School and yes, there will be some students exhibiting at the Festival. We never planned on elementary school age kids getting involved, but Montessori jumped in fully! We first planned an art exhibit, but Kate Massey, a Guide in the Primary program explained that the children’s enthusiasm and creativity took over the classroom for the last 6 weeks and they have been focusing on making things to sell from reclaimed “trash”.
The Montessori sales will only be offered on Saturday (sorry, kids, Friday is a school day…..) and we hope you will enjoy their offerings. While not at the level of expertise as our adult artists, they heave learned some basic fundamentals of jewelry making and have quite a few items that people will enjoy at very reasonable prices.
Kate Massey and the Montessori elementary students will be at Table #8.
Joyce Kelly, a Portland, Oregon native, has been sewing and designing since her childhood in Multnomah where she and her girlfriends played with their paper dolls in the girl’s restroom in Multnomah Grade School (now Multnomah Art Center). As a high school senior she won second place in the Singer Teen Sewing contest for the state of Oregon. She majored in clothing and textiles at OSU with dreams of a career in fashion or costume design.
Marriage, a move to California and the arrival of her children put her dreams aside for a bit. However the garments she created for her children turned out to be the start of her toddler clothing line, Daisy Originals, which was carried in stores in the San Francisco bay area.
Several years later, a move back to Portland found her teaching creative sewing classes at an S. W. fabric store. When patchwork designs became fashion “musts”, Joyce designed a patchwork skirt pattern for one of her classes. With this design Patches of Joy, Creative Sew Patterns, was born. That skirt was the first of over 40 patterns, 6 books and a contract with McCall pattern company as well as national seminars, trade shows and media articles for Joyce and Patches of Joy.
Now, Joyce has retired only Patches of Joy Patterns. She designs and creates handbags and home décor items for galleries, museum stores and specialty boutique shops.
Joyce explains, “Fabric has always been my “go-to” when I create so when I discovered a decorator showroom wanting to get rid of their discontinued sample pieces I jumped at the chance to collect them rather than let them be added to a landfill. I have been picking them up for about 15 years now and creating handbags & pillows with them!
“My current endeavor is creating new purses using antique/vintage purse frames that I salvage when they are no longer usable as a purse as the original fabric has not survived the passage of time. I select fabric from my stash of beautiful samples to pair with each frame creating a one-of-a kind purse that can now be used or placed on display. Some of the beaded bags that are still attached to the frames, but beyond use, I mount with other assorted items in shadow boxes to create interesting assemblages.”
Joyce Kelly and Joyce Kelly Designs is at Table #23.
When Penny’s mother taught her to sew when she was twelve years old, she
immediately fell in love with the craft. She started making her own clothes and
later made her daughter’s clothes, as well as children’s clothes and baby
comforters for a children’s store. Though she took a break while pursuing
a “real” job, sewing has remained a creative outlet for her throughout her
Penny has been recycling for many years, and recently started to mesh that
with her craft. She discovered that there are so many vintage linens still out there that
are not being used because they have holes or stains. Many of these end
up in the landfill. All of my aprons are made from vintage linens, most from the 1940s and 50s. She mainly uses tablecloths, but also has feed sacks, dish towels, and vintage yardage and embellishes them with doilies, hankies, dresser scarves, rick rack, and lace.
Penny says, “They don’t make cottons of this quality anymore, and
I love being able to upcycle them. I can cut around the flaws and make
my aprons. Something considered useless is now a work of art, as well
as something useful once again.”
Penelope Bellus and Oh Sew Penny are located at Table #13.
Carla Fox has been making stuff from cast offs, scraps and found materials since she started fashioning doll clothes from her mother’s sewing scraps as a child. Both sets of grandparents, and my parents, lived with the notion of “use it up, wear it out, make do or do without”. She comes by it naturally.
So, over the past ten or so years, it seemed like a natural progression from making “regular” jewelry from beads to using found items, broken jewelry bits and pieces, and vintage jewelry. “I love working this way, and I had so many more avenues to explore in making adornments and wearable art. Why not go back to the fabric scraps? I have saved so many designer samples from my previous profession, and had finally lit upon a use for them: textile jewelry.”
Now Carla almost exclusively experiments with repurposed or upcycled textiles, embellishing these pendants, brooches and collars with a multitude of items. If she can sew or stitch it on by hand, she will use it. If not, she figures out a way. Carla says, “Each piece is unique, hand stitched and I never know where the process will lead me. Or what the outcome might be. ”
Well, as one of the members of the jury, I know exactly what I thought when I saw THIS piece. It screamed “BRIDE!!!!” to me. Immediately I envisioned someone on a budget buying a simple white sheath and then dressing it up with this.
I reached out to some wedding planners to let them know about our festival. Afterall, Carla’s neckpieces are amazing adornments, and so many of the other artists have items that would work as wedding presents or favors. And only one replied to me: “MY clients don’t wear garbage!” Her tone was so angry that I had even emailed her in the first place that I dropped it, but it sure was obvious she did not understand…..we are not presenting trash to the public with this Recycled Arts Festival, we are introducing the treasures that most people miss. And YOU understand this….thank you!
Carla Fox and Carla Fox Designs are located at Table #22.
John’s initial introduction to woodworking was watching his father-in-law working on his ShopSmith woodworking system. And when he let John try a few things, the die was cast. No issue, when his father-in-law passed, it was decided that John should get the system.
However, it sat for approximately 25 years as John was working and didn’t have time to devote to it. Upon retirement he decided to give it a try. “Soon I was churning out boxes and bowls to the point my wife asked if I could find a way to “get rid” of some of them which led me to the Saturday Market/ Bazaar world.”
Not being wealthy, John looked for materials everywhere. “My initial source was my firewood pile then when I noticed neighbors tossing trimmings into the trash, I grabbed those hoping I could transform them into something useful. Recently a neighbor was replacing a wooden fence that had fallen and was going to toss the old boards. I offered to swap him new boards for the old ones giving me a wealth of 20+year-old weathered planks to use. They now have a second life as treasure chest boxes or wine caddies.”
John Houston and Papa Sam’s Workshop is located at Table #36. John is one of the organizers of the festival.
Bettie Egerton has always loved all kinds of arts and crafts….sewing, jewelry making, painting, crocheting, and fabric arts. She has loved the variety and trying new crafts, but the expense of buying the necessary tools, plus materials and supplies became prohibitive until she decided to find supplies at garage sales and thrift stores.
“I started buying ugly, outdated clothes and taking them apart to use the fabric, and buttons on other projects. I learned about repurposing old clothes. The idea of making aprons out of used men’s shirts is not mine, but I have embraced it whole-heartedly. I go to the thrift store and only buy shirts that on half price and as I think of all those businessmen who have given up wearing dress shirts and ties because they no longer work, I’m sure they would be happy to see those shirts repurposed and being used as aprons. “
And the wine bottles? A true wine country resident, Bettie quips that empty wine bottles are not hard to find at my house and when she discovered fairy lights attached to a cork…viola….a new fun decor item was invented. Last Christmas, her house was filled with lighted wine bottles decorated with winter scenes and embellished with pine cones and Christmas ribbon. Bettie reminds us that they also make great summer patio ambiance lighting.
“My crafting is my passion and reusing materials that might end up in the landfill just adds to the joy of my hobby.”
Bettie Egerton is located at Table #35.
Over her life, Aundrea Harris learned her art from a mishmash of experiences and hobbies. Designing came early as a floral designer for the Portland Rose Festival and jewelry designer for one of her first jewelry design companies in the 1980s. Aundrea’s passion for art and beauty extended from flowers and beads to incorporate textiles and vintage elements.
To create beauty from recycled pieces all while reducing trash, is not only a skill, but a passion. Aundera explains, ” Reclaimed materials are some of the best items to work with. Millions of pounds of fibers and textiles are disposed of daily. We discard damaged clothing when we stain it, so why not utilize the remains and create beauty?
“Beauty can be found in just about everything, one must just expand their creative mind! Not only does working with reclaimed materials help eliminate trash on our planet, but it also creates beauty out of something one never would have expected. Beauty is in everything…just look.”
Aundrea Harris and Underwood Estates is at Table #10.
Back in 2007, having just gone through a divorce, Jenni was looking at ways to redefine herself. While cleaning out stuff, she ran across a box of old flatware she had collected with intentions to ‘teach’ herself to make bracelets and rings…at that moment, her passion for creating artful things out of what others might discard was born. Jennii is a self-taught artist, whose art has morphed and grown out of a lot of trial and error and whose craft has changed by the cool ‘junk’ she has salvaged. What others see as trash; Jennii sees necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.
In college, Jennii had one more elective to take to graduate; Astrology or Environmental Conservation were my choices. Guess which one fit best into my schedule? Correct! Environment Conservation! Jennii is excited to share, “Fate stepped in to make the best choice ever! I’ve always loved natural and all things outside but through this class I learned how fragile our environment is and how without good stewardship we will destroy this amazing gift. Working with reclaimed and repurposed materials is just cool but more importantly, it has allowed me an avenue to talk about the importance of reducing waste, conserving resources and just being good caretakers this place we live.”
Jennii handcrafts one-of-a-kind jewelry from old wire, hardware, leather and metal scraps. To attach my pieces, she likes to use rusted screws that she might find along roadsides or by rummaging through salvage hotspots. My latest rescue is a bucket of spent bullet shells which I etch & turn into necklaces; adding wish messages or dried flowers making something delicate and decorative.
Jennii Childs and reUNIQUE designs by jennii is at Table #6.
Ahhh, after hearing about nuns disciplining with rulers for years, it is great to hear that Kimberly Morgan’s eighth-grade teacher, Sister Kathleen Anne, sparked her interest in art. Specifically, painting with acrylics. And she’s been painting ever since.
“My painting hobby became a bit more serious around 2004 when I began painting wall murals for other people in their homes or offices. I only did a few but it was enough to boost my confidence in my artistic ability.”
Then in 2009 a magazine Kimberly was reading featured several projects you could make using stuff you may have just laying around. Shortly after that, she happened to be browsing through a thrift store, (one of her favorite things to do), and, she came across a couple of books that talked about repurposing everyday items. This not only got her wheels turning, but it seemed like sparks were literally flying around inside her head. Oh, the things she could make! And paint as well!
Kimberly has been a licensed nail tech in the McMinnville area for 32 years. “The economy was not good, especially for those of us in the service industry, around that time, so the thought of using cast-off items to make beautiful things that I could sell to help supplement my income was very appealing. After giving it more thought, I realized, I wasn’t just keeping my costs down, doing something I truly enjoy, it was also helping to keep trash off the roadsides and out of the ever-growing landfills.”
“I paint on so many things, reclaimed wood, shovels, light bulbs, flower pots, rocks, gourds and a lot more. If it doesn’t move, I’ll paint it. It’s a treasure hunt for me every time I go into a thrift store. I love looking for an ugly duckling that is just waiting to be transformed into a beautiful swan.”
During the last five years, Kimberly has branched out a little and added mosaics and some clay sculpting to some of her projects. She gets easily bored doing the same things over and over again, so it’s been fun trying new things and she’s been pleased with most of my results.
“So, in a nutshell, this is why I use and will continue to use salvaged materials to create a variety of recycled art.”
Kimberly Morgan and Artwork with Attitude will be speaking with Howie Harkema and Speaking Frankly: And How Are We Doin’ later this week. Watch the interview about the Recycled Arts Festival starting Friday.
Artwork with Attitude will be at Table #14.
First, before you get to meet Josh you might appreciate this lesson in old electronic parts: a Nixie tube looks like this. And from Instructables, a definition: A Nixie Tube is a Neon gas-filled tube, that has a wiremesh anode with various cathodes shaped like numbers or symbols. Back in the 1950s they were used in computers, calculators, and laboratory equipment. Nixie tubes were replaced by LEDs and VFDs(vacuum fluorescent displays)in the 1970s.
At Bent Wire Republic, Josh always enjoyed working with his hands to fix things. A few years ago, he discovered nixie tubes and had the opportunity to build a nixie tube clock from scratch. He found it exhilarating to soldier together all the circuitry and see the simplicity of a nixie tube turn into a fully functioning clock.
This experience brought history to life and to see the nostalgic glow each of the nixie digits. From that point on, Josh wanted to keep creating those remarkable devices, but also began to incorporate them into other antique and vintage electronics that he revitalized. When he realized his house didn’t have enough room for all these creations, he decided to share them with the world. This was the beginning of Bent Wire Republic.
Josh says, “I love working with reclaimed materials to give rundown antiques a new lease on life as revitalized pieces of functional steampunk-style art. Even the Nixie tubes for my clocks are reclaimed. Hunting and salvaging for old electronics gives me great joy. Seeing the transformation from dirty and run down, to meticulously preserved and rejuvenated is electrifying. I love having the opportunity to display and showcase that excellent craftsmanship of yesteryear.”
Josh Baulch and Bent Wire Republic is located at Table #1.
Jim Tucker uses paper pulp made from repurposed brown and white waste paper to construct the various sculptures. “I liked using scrap paper pulp for paper making because it was recycling and just not throwing everything away. I have recently taught myself to use scrap paper pulp as the sculpture medium just to try something different. There is a steep learning curve to using paper pulp, but that is also the goal. To keep learning, experimenting and growing is one of the key, yet fun, aspects of creating art.”
“My most recent trials are constructing pulp ‘boulders’ to build Inuksuk. Inuksuk are actually constructed by First Nations peoples across the far northern regions of the U.S., Canada and Greenland as landmarks and commemorative signs. From Inuksuks I will soon be expanding my stacked pulp ‘rock’ sculptures to include free-form designs.”
Jim uses recycled materials because he believes in REDUCING waste. “Reduce, reuse, recycle – words to live by to make a better world for us and our grandchildren and beyond. Working with reclaimed/recycled materials is very important for reducing our artistic footprint on the world while still creating artistic items of beauty, whimsy and thought. It is very important to me not to just add to the heap of trash we generate daily. To create art out of waste materials is just icing on the cake.”
Jim Tucker and Aspen Wolf Arts is at Table #11.
Tamara Greiter’s work consists of recycled metal materials which include old tractor parts, old tools, and gears. To create her abstract sculpture and innovative wall pieces. she uses old school welding, cutting torches and anvil work.
“I learned how to weld about 30 years ago when I went to welding school to broaden my skills as an employee at a refrigeration rebuild company in Philomath, Oregon. I started out my craft by making small pieces of art with the scrap metal from the shop.”
Within a couple years of working there Tamara also started dumpster diving and rummaging through junkyards for more interesting pieces. She discovered that taking something that had a previous life and giving it a new purpose was way more fascinating as well as appealing. She’s proud that she started my craft before the trend of reclaiming because I believe everything has more than one life.
Tamara Greiter and Coyote Metalworks is at Table #25.
Jane Parsons has always been a crafter though the types of crafts changed over time and she would learn a new technique when she’d get an idea that needed to be expressed.
“Using “junk” is my favorite medium,” Jane says. “Making something from “nothing” is the most fun and creative and since you never know what “junk” you will find your creative process is always changing and your pieces are unique!”
Her passion is creating unique jewelry and accessories created from upcycled and repurposed junk; old vacuum tubes, discarded pipe, hardware, etc. Imagine the search and the find: nothing is as rewarding as looking at a pile of discarded junk and seeing beautiful treasures. “By offering them for sale, I hope I inspire others to look at their “useless” junk with a new vision.”
Jane Parsons and Totally Bent is elevated at Table #19.
Running a business as a heavy equipment repair shop, Bryan Baer started noticing all the interesting parts and things they were chucking in the recycling bin. So, about eight years ago he started collecting those interesting parts and started to weld, cut, and grind them into a new life.
Playing with these loose pieces and making something fun is like playing with Legos to Bryan. He realizes his creations will survive many lifetimes more as a piece of art than the part’s original purpose.
“We make and sell cute and scary animals and creatures using various recycled and found metals.”
Bryan Baer and Baer Naked Metals are at Table #5.
Pre-teen girls love their bling and Gina Tombleson started making jewelry at age 12. In the past four years she began to play with bicycle inner tubes! For years Gina had made real feather earrings that were super fun and very pretty. But lots of folks were making feather earrings and creating a pair that stood out from the rest wasn’t the challenge she was looking for.
Gina explains, “Jewelry supplies can be expensive and were not always easily attainable when I lived rurally. In the days before ordering from Amazon, I often had to make do with whatever I already had in my art studio. If I wanted something different to work with I would get creative by taking something apart and reusing its components in a new and resourceful way.
“I saw that some folks were using bicycle inner tubes, cutting them into all sorts of shapes and sizes, and then making them into clothing and jewelry. I thought that inner tubes would be such a fun medium to work with, and the idea of using something that is trash, and that I probably already had, somewhere at my house, was right up my alley.
“So I found an old blown out inner tube in a box in my garage, grabbed a pair of scissors, and practiced cutting it up to look like the feathers I had imagined in my mind. It didn’t take long before I added paint to make them even more delightful!”
Gina loves being able to tell folks who are trying on the earrings what they are made from, because it always elicits such a pleasantly surprised smile. Using reclaimed materials challenges her to imagine how to be clever in previously unconsidered ways. And who doesn’t love repurposing something old? It is super satisfying knowing that what are now lovely earrings were once destined for the landfill!
Gina Tombleson and Consiously Crafted Jewelry are located at Table 37.
About 15 years ago, when needing a planter box, Michelle Griffin thought “why not?” and decided to learn how to use woodworking tools and build it herself. Using scrap wood, she realized she could save money and still create something beautiful. From there her love for the rusty, old, chippy, worn and curious grew.
Imagine entering her artist’s workroom and finding buckets of old doorknobs, boxes of window hardware, sheets of tin and sheds full of old, aged beautiful cedar. What a collection! Michelle finds they “talk” to her, and the stories they tell help her create a new life for them.
She says, “My love for all things old and discarded are lovingly blended to create new uses for items once thought to be trash.” When others see old buckets of paint, cast off window parts and chippy doorknobs, Michelle’s artistic skills are brushed off and give new life in creating delightful silhouettes and quirky birdhouses. The curvy colorful and functional birdhouses and 2D silhouette artwork are all crafted using recycled materials and found objects.
Check out Michelle Griffin and One Little Blackbird at Table #33.
Although Valeri has been selling her art for over 35 years, her turn to reclaimed materials started only a few years ago. She had been unemployed for a while and her desire to make art had not diminished but her budget for supplies had. Most of us can recognize that frustration, By changing her point of view, suddenly TP rolls, junk jewelry, cereal boxes and things most people throw in the garbage become objects of interest.
Learning how to work with all these pieces of “trash” became part of the challenge to get people to change from rolling their eyes to a stunned “One person’s junk IS another person’s treasure” recognition of a truth.
Valeri’s designs are quirky, sophisticated and whimsical. Each of her pieces are made of many things, repurposed items, scraps of old metal, broken jewelry and so much more. “Bringing back to life the old, worn out and discarded, is what makes it all worth while.”
Valeri Darling and Darling Art By Valeri will be at Table #9.
Archaelogists LOVE trash. By looking at an ancient civilization’s midden piles, scientists can tell us a lot about the food people ate, the illnesses they had, the kinds of materials they used in their everyday life…and so much more.
Kathy Benitez found more than she expected when she visited her daughter last summer in the remote Alaskan village. “When it was time to leave, the bush plane was delayed by five days for a variety of reasons. It was during this time I started to enjoy beachcombing and picking up the beautiful sea glass.”
Kathy learned that the sea glass was discarded into the ocean over 100 years ago by people departing steamboats and starting their trek up the Yukon for a hopeful fortune in gold.
“I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the glass at the time, but sent it home and learned how to make wall hangings and jewelry. I love working with sea glass because it has a story. The ocean has turned trash into something beautiful with gem-like qualities and reminds people of the power and beauty of the ocean.”
Kathy Benitez and Alaska Sea Glass Art is located at Table #4.
How many of you grew up with a sibling—or perhaps you yourself was the culprit–who loved to take things apart? And how successful were they (you) at reassembling it to a successful result?
In 2003 Will Eikleberry enrolled in the Summit School of Guitar Building in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia with the intention to learn to build acoustic guitars. In his free time between classes he built a ukulele out of scrap wood from other students’ projects that was otherwise destined for the burn pile. And so it began……
Upon graduation he was hired by the Santa Cruz Guitar Company, where he worked for two years before starting his own business. “At one point a friend asked me if I could build an instrument using an old cigar box. Through trial and error I built one, and then another, and over ten years later have sent more than 250 of them out into the world.” And so it continued…….
There are several reasons Will works with reclaimed materials. Economy is the most obvious. The less he spends on materials, the less he has to charge for his work, and he enjoy putting affordable art into people’s hands.
He also enjoy the story that reclaimed materials tell. Every piece of wood has a unique history that gives the finished product its own personality.
And finally, as a woodworker Will is often shocked at how much perfectly good material gets discarded because some people can’t find a use for it. He takes pride in being able to make something both useful and beautiful out of something that would otherwise never be seen again.
Will Eikleberry and Sawdust Fabrication is at Table #30.
Marj Engle began making paper mosaic art in 2009, developing her technique through trial and error. She wanted to replicate the look of tile mosaic, but in a less messy form using paper.
However, in 2014, she got a new idea and her jewelry line, started in 2014, is the an off-shoot of her paper mosaic art. Marj liked the creative challenge, and it was fun playing with and refining the idea to be what it is today.
“My biggest challenge when developing my paper mosaic jewelry line was what material to use as a platform for the paper. After trying various materials that I had found at SCRAP in Portland, I stumbled on vinyl flooring samples and scraps, which is the material that I ultimately settled on.”
Marj is a long time user of cast off items. “I didn’t initially start with the idea of using only recycled materials in my jewelry making. I have long been a recycler and re-user in other areas of my life, and have frequented thrift stores all of my adult life, so a place like SCRAP was where I naturally gravitated to. Finding the vinyl, and realizing as I searched for paper sources that the more interesting paper (to me) was to be found in old magazines and books, I decided that I really liked the idea of making something completely unique and beautiful from sources that many folks would simply overlook or consider garbage. Re-use makes sense to me – it feels like the natural and responsible choice in caring for our environment.”
You can find Marj Engle and Marj Engle Designs at Table 2.
Marion McMulfren’s passion is to challenge herself by taking what many consider ugly or trash and creating beautiful and functional items and eye-catching statement pieces. Using materials in unexpected ways has allowed her to repurpose items even she thought were beyond hope. She considers the items used in her art are not just recycled but repurposed and reinvented.
“I started out wanting to create a reference to how man impacts nature. This piece weighs 12 pounds!!!! There is a front and back presentation. The inside of the electronics box is painted to represent an under water environment. The shells hang as if floating in their environment and drifting with the current. Two dismantled bridal bouquets add the hints of the treasures that are harvested from the sea but of course they are man made replicas. The elements from the older bouquet are inside the box for protection.”
This is a composition study using circles. Used guitar strings, and circular items on a remnant of a faux leather book cover from the Goodwill Outlet and a Goodwill Outlet frame.
A plastic panel from an old computer tower is my canvas here. I use the same Mixed Media techniques which I apply on canvas works. I work at the molecular level and break and reform pigment linkage bonds for different visual effects. An old pants hanger serves as the hook.
“This metal reinforced plaster lamp was avocado and gold. Had the 3’ tall shade which I now use as a canvas drying stand. The lamp weighs 24.8 pounds. Refashioned with a 7 step finish, retired and a sculptural screen shade. Junk jewelry and old drilled coins. Edison bulb included.”
Marion McMuldren and Art With Elegance are located at Table #16.
Brunhilda’s mother Beatrice always wanted to be an opera singer. She spent her days singing loudly, although those around here often left the area to avoid the sound. When her daughter was born, she named her Brunhilda in the hopes that she would find success in opera. Brunhilda spent her childhood going to lessons with a variety of voice instructors. Some called her brilliant, but those who were more honest advised her mother not to waste any more time and money on these sorts of lessons. Finally, in her late teens Brunhilda and her mother came to the agreement that voice lessons were finished. This left Bruni (as she was now called) to spend time with her beloved pet shrews. Bruni grew up to start a very successful business breeding pet shrews. To her mother’s delight, Bruni’s careful breeding resulted in a trio of meercats that were known worldwide for their beautiful music.
Stella is named after the stars in the night sky. Her parents are dreamers and spent hours gazing upwards and dreaming of her future. Stella, thankfully, was born a very practical gnome. Though she loved her parents very much, she soon knew that she would need to provide income and stability for her family. At an early age, Stella identified a beautiful spot under a large tree that was at a crossroads frequented by traveling gnomes from around the world. She started with a small food cart to provide hearty sustenance and soon built a thriving restaurant at which no traveling gnome would miss noshing. Her parents act as the perfect hosts, providing a magical atmosphere where stories are shared by all. Stella, runs the kitchen and business with a firm and cheerful hand enjoying meeting all who travel through.
Kellen is an Irish gnome born in a small town near Dublin. Kellen always had the urge to wander and frequently got lost as a child. He had a special fondness for birds and often followed one that caught his eye. One day, his roaming took him on a ship across the English Channel. Far from home and rather enjoying his adventures Kellen decided to continue on. He frequently sent notes via bird back to his family to let them know of his travels. For the next five years, Kellen had many adventures and met many interesting gnomes and animals. One day he stopped in at the Gnome Nosh, a restaurant that many had told him about. He was hungry and excited to try out the hearty fare about which he had heard so much. Kellen was immediately charmed by the beautiful setting and magical atmosphere as he was welcomed by an older gnome couple when he walked in the door. As he turned to hang up his cloak, he was stunned by the rosy cheeked beauty who came out from the kitchen. Kellen instantly knew that his traveling days were over as he fell in love with Stella, the keeper of the pub. The two married and now happily run the Gnome Nosh together.
As you can tell, Joan Steiner loves using found objects to create collages. She keeps her eyes open and collects random items and incorporates them into her work. Small boxes become a canvas that is filled with unwanted or broken toys and jewelry, old photos, greeting cards and any other small items with an interesting shape. These come together to tell a story. In addition to the collages Joan reuse old furniture, wooden utensils and ceramic tiles, upcycling them with resin, ink and paint to make them unique and useful again.
Meet Joan and her Quirky Gnomes at Table #38.
As a relative newcomer to Oregon and the Willamette Valley, I am still finding my way around the region, learning all the amazing resources it has to offer. As the planning committee for the Recycled Arts Festival starting its effort five months ago, one of the requirements was to introduce me to some of the best scrap resources that exist nearby.
One, located in Portland, is Scrap, an amazing center of donated materials that are sold at great prices. This store was mentioned by more than one of the artists who will be showing and selling their work at the Festival.
Tess Mattos enjoys Scrap a lot, and even teaches classes there. As a volunteer she also offers her expertise with yarn to review all the donated material. Those that have enough length are offered for sale. Those that are not long enough for a knitting project grab her attention.
“I work with reclaimed materials for the variety inherent in them, as well as for the fulfillment of making something useful out of something useless,” Tess explains.
“In each Second Chance Skein, I combine short lengths of at least 20-30 different yarns. The mixing of so many colors and textures is precisely what makes the end result so fabulous and fun. So having a wide variety of yarns to work from is essential. And since I only use a few yards of any given yarn in a skein, it is a perfect way to re-use short amounts of yarns, that are almost useless by themselves.”
Tess can trace her interest in the basic idea — of mixing multiple yarns, colors, and textures in one skein — to expensive commercial versions of “wild” art yarns, at least fifteen years ago. Over the ensuing years, she developed many different techniques to blend a variety of yarns within a project, such as free-form crochet, or changing yarns on every row or two. However, it is only within the past year that I pulled together my love of mixing yarns, and my interest in re-use and upcycling, to start making Second Chance Skeins.
Upcycling everyone else’s leftover bits and pieces not only provides the diversity and variety Tess enjoys, but she also finds the effort to take what others throw away, and turn it into beautiful, exciting art yarn extremely satisfying.
Tess Mattos and Second Chance Skeins are at Table #12.
Introducing Melody Hanseon’s HandyTotes to you is the perfect time to explain that the name of this event, the McMinnville Recycled Arts Festival is a bit of a misnomer.
Yes, the event is in “McMinnville” and here in McMinnville we are making great strides to recognize issues that can reduce the waste we send to the landfill. Together, Zero Waste McMinnville and Recology help residents and visitors better understand how trash should be sorted and can have a better “end stage” than covered by dirt in an expanding mountain of garbage.
“Recycled” is a term that commonly means that the materials used to make an item can be reused to make a similar item. Plastic bottles to plastic bottles is a good example. But what about plastic things into other ways to use the same plastic things? Like we are seeing people elsewhere in the world use plastic bottles, filled with sand, as a building block material in developing nations. That is NOT recycling, but upcycling or “alternative use.”
We have many many many examples of UPCYCLING at the Festival…..not any recycled use really.
And then, the word “Arts”. The first common accepted usage is we were looking for items made with care, with meticulous attention to detail, to presentation in a new way. There is also a subsidiary definition of development of a skill that presents items that are used in new ways. All that will be evident in the Nicholson Library during the Festival.
Melody Hanson reached a point when a collection of plastic needed to be cleared from her storage area. A couple years ago, she had an accumulation of empty polywoven feed bags and attempted to find a place to recycle them. Not having any success, she started making tote bags for a few friends and neighbors for them to trial and give their feedback. This grew in response and within a few months, she started an Etsy shop where she offers handmade tote bags with a large selection of different images.
Now there are some people who think we should ban all plastics and I can get behind the idea that drilling for more oil has to stop. We have more than enough plastic in the world. Let’s find ways to break them down and reuse the material. The problem about plastic-that it will naturally take hundred and thousands of years to really break down-is also the benefit of why we like using that durable material.
The sturdy aspect of HandyTotes is that they will last a really really long time. You just have to remember to carry them back out to your car and into the store!
Your effort to change that shopping container habit will add up, just like Melody feels about her effort to make the bags: “To convert materials that would otherwise go into the garbage into reusable tote bags. To give useful materials a second life and prevent waste. To help save the earth.”
We each can add our ways to help.
Melody Hanson and HandyTotes are at Table #3.
Valerie Donley’s creativity was developed over her lifetime in some way.. from competing in hairstying shows in Detroit, to developing creative programs for children who were facing multiple challenges in their lives.
She grew up in a fairly frugal household. Her parents grew up during the depression so whe learned early on to be resourceful. As Tim Gunn from Project Runway says “ make it work”.
“One of my passions is to use simple ideas about creating while making do. Why purchase fiber batting when using dryer lint will accomplish the same thing? I like to look at an object and visualize what else it could become. That’s how making bracelets from empty tape rolls came to be.” Valerie explains that materials for use are all around us.
We are such a throw away society . If we can begin to consciously think about using less and becoming practical about how we can reuse what’s already out there our children and grandchildren will be better for it.
Valerie Donley and Flotsam & Jetsom are located at Table 34.
Origami is a traditional Japanese art form. Carolyn Woody was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with her grandmother growing up in Hawaii. Her grandparents had emigrated from Japan and introduced origami when she was a very young child. “It was always a fun childhood pastime and one of the ways she kept me entertained.”
Carolyn’s interest in origami was rekindled after she had graduated from college in Portland and became involved with POPS (Portland Oregon Paper Shapers), the local origami club. Now she am fascinated by origami, especially with modular origami where several pieces of paper are often assembled into complex three-dimensional models.
For the Recycled Arts Festival, Carolyn is featuring her origami map shirt ornaments. The origami shirt is traditionally folded out of a single dollar bill. She decided to take this traditional origami model and scale it up in size.
Carolyn uses recycled maps to add more color and to make it more personal. “One of my customers requests an origami map shirt with the birthplace for each new grandbaby,” Carolyn reports. “The maps I use come from a variety of sources, mainly from book sales and garage sales. I have been folding these origami map shirt ornaments for years and sometimes get maps donated by total strangers!”
Think about it……if you want Carolyn to produce an original origami map for you, you can speak to her at the Festival and arrange for it! Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios will be at Table #24.
Deer to Ewe is a husband and wife team who has enjoyed creating jewelry from found materials for five years. Laura shared, “After 40 years of marriage we saw the need to really simplify but instead of throwing items out we looked at how we could make them into something new and beautiful not only for us but for others.”
Laura views the items they source as valuable raw material, including antlers and recycled tin/aluminum. “We do it to reduce waste, incur little or no cost to produce (except for time, which we have more of now) and for the challenge and uniqueness.”
This is just one way they can demonstrate that they care for the earth after all it is the only home we have. “We can enjoy what nature has given us and recycle what is man-made. The earth is beautiful! Let’s keep it that way!”
Laura Roberts and Deer to Ewe is at Table #21.
Taught early, Jessika Gerondale grew up crafting from whatever was lying around and was taught to be resourceful, both out of necessity and to not be wasteful.
“I enjoy using reclaimed materials for a few reasons. It’s more important now than ever to reduce our waste and the human impact on our planet. Creatively, I enjoy taking inspiration from the materials, rather than the particular medium or technique. I love finding vintage and other discarded items and figuring out ways to give them new life through paper craft, mixed media collage and assemblage, mosaic, embroidery or whatever I feel would be the best way to show off the discarded objects. I love the challenge of using as much reclaimed material as possible while not limiting the ways I create with them.”
Jessika uses old paper items to create refillable notebooks, origami style paper bows and gift tags (both reusable), small batch and limited runs of wearable art ( earrings, pins) and mixed media collage/framed art mounted to mismatched plated collected at estate sales and second hand shops.
The pathways people take early in life may never give a hint about a future activity. Although Graham Rankin never took wood shop in school, the precise plan drawing he learned in drafting was a component that served as a basic skill. Later, in college he was hired by a crafts store to build picture frames, and another savvy element was added to his repertoire.
Today Graham is enjoying a rather hectic retirement. When he isn’t teaching one day a week for WOU, he helps with the family food processing business and is an active volunteer for Zero Waste McMinnville. Besides helping at events, he is one of the organizers for the McMinnville Recycled Arts Festival. And in his spare time, he has taken over the garage and turned it into a shop of his own.
Fascinated with wine long before moving to McMinnville, Graham makes jokes about his large collection of corks and the various projects he has produced. He makes frames to enclose simple cork trivets of various sizes, including larger ones with handles to help carry long casseroles and lasagnas from the stove to the table. His champagne cork trivet helps his wife remember their anniversary!
Here in the middle of wine country, Graham has expanded his wine woodworking to include elements from a wine barrel, with the staves providing storage in various designs and the barrel top becoming a table. One of the most popular items Graham designed is a wine and snack tray that can be held in one hand, permitting the holder to also eat. Many people who attend parties can see the benefit of that item!
Graham uses wood from old barns and fences as well as mill ends that are scrap from a cabinet maker.
He is happy to offer custom work as well. For example, these cutting boards can be customized to show a favorite logo or cartoon character or even a photo.Creations By BG can be found at Booth # 29.
Sometimes something completely unexpected causes a life path to take a slight turn in a direction previously unexplored. Janet Ronacher explains, “I began fusing plastic bags in my artwork after reading that the Hurricane in Haiti destroyed the dwellings of residents. The monsoon rains that continued after the Hurricane horrified a Bend woman who decided to get her friends together to iron 10’ x 10’ tarps to give the Haitians some shelter. I have never met the woman but I was so impressed with her can-do spirit as she sent many tarps to Haiti.”
And so, a seed was planted and Janet started to explore this new concept. After thinking about the woman in Bend and dreaming about the possibilities Janet started experimenting with small bags. That included layering bags, ironing them
together until she had roughly a 12” x 24” piece of plastic that she could cut into strips and weave as baskets.
“I was surprised that the bags I had were not enough to really work as I thought they should. So I asked friends and neighbors for any bags they thought were bright and colorful for me to try. I was shocked at the number of folks who were delighted to have a use for the bags. That one basket the size of a 6” x 6” box used over thirty bags. It was difficult to count the bags and keep ironing and then weaving so I never counted again.”
(The difference between Janet and me (and maybe many of you) is that her work is art. Mine, at best, would be “craft”. This is a good time to explain that the jury process was used to separate out the work of people who, while done well, just did not reach that level of art we hoped to introduce to the public. Janet’s ability to take one of the biggest contributors to an environmental mess on our planet and produce something attractive and even functional is a talent that many do not have.)
“I feel good about using reclaimed materials as my medium since it is so plentiful and I feel compelled to keep as much as possible out of the oceans, waterways and food supplies of animals and humans. I have read that plastic never really goes away and that it has a half life of over 400 years. Yes I might run out of materials eventually and my work will someday become waste also. In the meantime I will continue to save the environment one bag at a time until scientists and engineers find a better alternative.”Janet Ronacher and Fiber Design By Janet will be located at Booth #31.
Why and How?
Zero Waste McMinnville and the Linfield College Sustainability Program are honored to present the inaugural event of the McMinnville Recycled Arts Festival Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2019. Located inside the bright and airy Nicholson Library on the Linfield campus off SE Keck Circle, the public shopping hours will be 10am – 4pm both days.
Our mission is to not only help the public access the work of some of the most accomplished artists in the Pacific Northwest, but to learn how “garbage” can be re-used/reclaimed/repurposed and otherwise recycled into both useful items and amazing art.
While artists will be selling items priced from $1 to over $1000, we are requiring the work of the participating artists to be juried prior to being accepted into this event. This means the organizers have established several standards that all vendors must meet or exceed.
- At least 65% of all components must be items that were destined for the trash or, if natural, decay. For example, an artisan presenting fabric art would have obtained fabric and trim from used sources, but the thread would be new.
- A higher quality of work is required for adult vendors. We appreciate the effort made by all crafters but are aspiring to a more finished artistic treatment in this festival while still offering all prices to the public.
If you are an artist who would like to participate in this or subsequent festivals, please email MacRecycledArtsFestival@gmail.com.January 9, 2019
Applications are beginning to be emailed to various artists and artisans already identified through seasonal crafts fairs held the past few months as well as through contact on various social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy.
Click here is you want an Application A nonrefundable $10 fee must be sent at the same time in order to kick off the jury process. All instructions are given in the application.
If your work is accepted, the table/space rent is then due. The $10 jury fee will be applied to your space fee.