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Cultural Definition (from dictionary.com): If we don’t waste what we have, we’ll still have it in the future and will not lack (want) it.

Wikipedia Definition: If one is not wasteful then one will not be needy.

Two definitions obviously saying the same thing, don’t waste perfectly good materials.

Let me introduce you to the revolutionary vision, Waste Not Want Not, located in Providence, RI; a radical movement in recycling, re-making, and reusing materials.  Specifically, they work to help support and promote truly inspiring local artists who look to use what others might throw away to create remarkable fine art as well as unique and practical apparel.  By utilizing basic textile skills and their unbounded creativity Waste Not Want Not is beginning to build a brand of clothing and accessories all of which are materials to be sold worldwide.

The dream turn reality was first envisioned by Laura “London” Shirreff, who was inspired by the local “charity shops” in the U.K. where she originates.  She began this collective of entrepreneurs and artists alike in a quest for sustainability and the ability to teach simple craft skills in order to give new life to otherwise discarded items.

They provide textile classes,

do community outreach programs,

Like this program with Triple R Craft Lab which helps young adults from low-income communities learn how to be more self sufficient…by dyeing with Kool Aid!

fashion shows,

Clothing: “Jolie” by Joeseph Aaron Segal and Julie Miller     Jewelry: “Thunderwing” by Nikki Nadeau

Clothing: Alley Dennig

and they are only in their second year.

The Textile Arts Center had the great fortune of meeting London and her mother last week in a very exciting beginning of a great relationship.  We hope to collaborate in the fight against wasteful consumerism and in the education of creating textiles.

Remember those paper dolls you had when you were 5?  They came dressed in only their undergarments and a whole wardrobe of paper separates you could mix and match to make that perfect outfit.

Well now that you have survived the terrible teens and come into your own, so should your idea of paper clothes.  Many artists have dabbled in sustainable clothing from coke cans, to stock ticker tape.  Though the most common of all waste is paper: newspapers, plain paper, college ruled paper, etc.  A few have managed to transform this common product into beautiful, red-carpet worthy pieces.

100% Newspaper

Jolis Paons

Gary Harvey

GuBoZua

100% Toilet Paper

Ad for Cashmere Toilet Paper

Lucian Matis

Arthur Mendonça

Ula Zukowska

100% Miscellaneous Paper

Lia Griffith

Alexandra Zaharova and Ilya Plotnikov

Zoe Bradley

100% for Men

Greg Lauren


Fabric by Marcia Wood

Fabric Design by Marcia Wood <http://www.etsy.com/shop/sparegus&gt;

The Weekend Begins…

Beginning in July we will be hosting free hours on the last Friday of the month for those who want to come in and do a relaxing, quick project while hanging out with friends.  Projects include: fiber/cloth jewelry, fine arts pieces, accessories, clothes, home decor, and children’s toys. (All tools, materials and know-how provided free of charge!)

This is a chance to hang out with friends, work collegues, community members, and TAC members alike. Every month we will host a new mini-project that will take no longer than 2 hours.  Workshops are held from 6-8:30pm at our studio situated on 505 Carroll Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues.

Join our MeetUp group: http://www.meetup.com/Textile-Arts-Center-Friday-After-Work-Shops/

Nice and cozy inside. And you can’t tell but…summer is right around the corner.

It’s been strange planning our Summer Camp for 2010 while it snows, blizzards, freezes. Our brochure is finally here, though! Just in time. : )

 

After many failed attempts to properly upload the “making of” video for the MetaLoom on YouTube, we just have to accept the copyright infringment laws. So, I’ll try right here instead. Hope you all enjoy jerky, handheld photography. : )