Workshops, Materials, and More!
A year ago I wrote about community and building on the
energy at SCRAP community. Developing
this newsletter is part of creating and acknowledging this community. With that
in mind I hope you will take some time to check out the new SCRAP web
site. We want your feedback. Just remember that it has only been up
for a week and we are still working out the kinks. The new web site offers you the ability to post comments and
images as well as support SCRAP with your tax-deductible donations.
I just want to mention that in this month's newsletter we
are posting some of the images we received in response to our Shout Out last month (all the images will be on our Flickr page - http://www.flickr.com/groups/1373510@N21/); we
are excited to offer a Wearable Book workshop with Jody Alexander as well as
reprising the Reframe It! workshop with Francisco Hernandez, and we will be at
Maker Faire, May 22nd & 23rd. Maker
Faire is a great opportunity to volunteer for SCRAP and check out what is going
All the information is outlined below.
|Save the Dates! |
Upcoming events - see descriptions below
- May 8th, 1p-4p, Reframe It! with Francisco Hernandez. $20.00
- May 22nd, 1p-4p, Wearable Books with Jody Alexander. $20.00
- June 12th, 1p-4p,
with Dorit Elisha. $20.00+$5.00 Materials Fee
- June 19th, 1p-4p, Artist Book of collage with Dorit Elisha. $20.00
- May 15th, 2p-4p, First Anniversary Celebration - Reopening of the Richmond Branch Library, 351 - 9th Avenue, San Francisco
- May 22nd, 10a-8p & May 23rd, 10a-6p, Maker Faire, San Mateo County Expo Center
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-647-1746.
SCRAP is located at
801 Toland Street, SF, entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby
Workshop: Re-Frame It!
Saturday, May 8
Presenter: Francisco Hernandez
Join teacher and artist
Francisco Hernandez and learn
about changing the context of ordinary objects by placing
them within a Joseph
Cornell-inspired frame or box. During this workshop you will use frames,
pieces, boxes, odd novelties, glass fragments and much more to create a mixed
media diorama. You will
resize a frame, or add divisions to a wooden wine box, to use as a base
three-dimensional assemblage. During the workshop you will investigate
bring disparate elements together to create a personally meaningful
free to bring personal elements from home that you might want to
into your work.) You will leave this workshop with a completed
piece. No special skills required, but do bring your imagination!
Francisco Hernandez is a 5th-grade teacher,
boat-builder, sculptor, and frequent SCRAP shopper. His students have
model bridges, buildings, windmills, and dams using SCRAP materials, and
spent a recent weekend building a coop for three rescued chickens. What Francisco loves about SCRAP is
that there is "a whole lot of material inspiration under one roof!"
Workshop: Wearable Books|
by: Jody Alexander
and book artist Jody for an afternoon learning to transform old book pages into
bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
During this workshop you will use book pages, elastic, bottles, string
and glue to create a variety of book page paper beads. You'll be inspired to use the text on
the pages to incorporate into you bead and jewelry work. You will also have some time to view
Jody's book arts and ask her how to questions. You will leave this workshop with paper beads, a bracelet
and a necklace made from a chemistry glass vessel and old book pages!
Jody is a book artist who binds books in many historical binding styles
who also enjoys rescuing books in distress and giving them new life as
art. As a librarian and book
artist, her art celebrates collecting, storytelling and odd characters. You can see more of her work on her
website at jalexbooks.com. What
Jody loves most about SCRAP is "the chemistry glass, the old office supplies
and the element of surprise every time I step foot in SCRAP - I never know what
I will find!"
Join SCRAP at the Maker Faire!|This year, SCRAP will be attending the 2010 Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Expo Center.
- Saturday, May 22nd - 10a to 8p
- Sunday, May 23rd - 10a to 6p
The Maker Faire bill itself as "The world's largest DIY festival." It's a family-friendly event that attracts thousands of visitors to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology. Find out more at http://www.makerfaire.com/ Volunteer at the SCRAP table!SCRAP will have a table to spread the word about creative reuse to Faire visitors, and to engage folks in hands-on projects making art from SCRAP materials. We'll be there all day Saturday and Sunday. If you're interested in volunteering your time to help SCRAP host a fabulous table, contact Rachel at email@example.com.
Volunteers will be able to enjoy the Maker Faire before or after their shift!Teachers at Maker Faire
Maker Faire has made available 500 special tickets to in-school, full-time teachers (of any level from preschool through university with 12 or more students) who sign up for their community of educators. This offer is first-come, first-serve! There will also be a Teacher's Lounge at the event. Find out more at: http://makerfaire.com/educationContact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for this fun event!
The Gallery at Ruth's Table|
A center for creative learning rooted in the life of artist Ruth Asawa
Curated by Tamara Loewenstein
April 23 - July 23, 2010
Opening Reception Friday, April 23, 5p-8p
Bethany Center, 580 Capp Street (at 21st Street)
Ruth's Table presents its inaugural exhibition featuring the work of artists who have played key roles in the founding of the center. The exhibition includes ceramics, mixed media, prints and paintings by Aiko Lanier Cuneo, Lola Fraknoi, Gabrielle Messeri and Liz Worthy.
|SCRAP CONTACT LIST
Have a general question or want to volunteer? Contact Jenny at email@example.com
|Share your work with us!|
We would love to know what you are creating out there with SCRAP materials? Please share with us some photos of your work, a little about yourself and how you use SCRAP materials for us to share in next months newsletter!
Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org
My motivator of all motivators has to be materials. You can't paint
without paint, now can you? Be well stocked and inspiration will surely
come knocking. (James Culleton)
New Feature-Community Corner!|
Last month we did a shout
out for SCRAP users to share with us how they use SCRAP materials. Each month we'll feature a community
member. This comes from SCRAP
customer and artist Margot Hartford.
I am a SF commercial
photographer that shares a studio with four other part--time artists. I make light boxes out of found materials, and
most of my materials come from SCRAP. I purchase
the cord, switches, sockets and light bulbs from a hardware store,
and wax paper from a grocery store, but I find my fur, boxes, donated candle holders, metal
wheels and such at SCRAP. Every lamp is one of a kind.
I took the light construction class at SCRAP about two years ago but instead of wiring lamps using large sockets I decided to work in a smaller scale and use low watt night lights. I sell the pieces at Open Studios twice a year.
Seen at Scrap - Calendar Collection!|
2010 Calendars have arrive at SCRAP! There are spiral bound desk calendars with beautiful Charley Harper images, Inuit art and Japanese block prints. There are also wall calendars. The calendars can be used for a variety of art projects. The quality of the images and paper stock they are printed on can't be beat! Come in soon for the best selection!
Creativity: Spring Cleaning!|
By Ruth Oprean Cardillo, Newsletter Editor
May is a great time to
Spring Clean and make space in your life in your inner and outer worlds for
creativity. The benefits of some time decluttering, cleaning, clearing and
organizing your creative life are many.
I work in a studio setting that is very well organized and the
organization allows for 300 students and three teachers to focus the majority
of their energy on learning and creating. We have great systems in place and the
three teachers work really well together as a supportive team. Lately we've noticed that our room is
packed to the brim with works in progress.
Although exciting, (we're in the chaos phase of creativity!) it is also
exhausting to have to work around the piles, stacks and lack of space. I noticed that the impact leads to feeling
overwhelmed and irritated. The projects will be wrapping up shortly and
moving out of the room and then my major focus is going to be the work I'm
writing about today.
It takes time to have
organization in your creative life but the benefits are many. For me the biggest benefits of creative
organization are calm, freedom and more time. Organizational activities for our creative lives are personal
and specific for each of each of us but worth taking the time to reflect on and
do. There will be benefits for you
to doing this, which connects you to your motivation for focusing on cleaning
and organizing activities. Here
are a few questions for you to noodle on to connect to you own personal
motivation to spend some time this month to "Spring Clean" specifically in the
area of your creative life.
First, ask yourself which
activities in your creative life do you want more time and space for?
After you answer this
question, take an honest inventory.
Do you have a realistic workload? Is the amount
of work you do manage in your personal and professional life reasonable
and allows for work-life balance? Do you realistically have the "time -space"
in your life for creative activities? (If not, what needs to be let go off)
Do you have a realistic physical space to work with? If not, what needs to go to make
room for this or where could you go to have this?)
What are you tolerating? Often what we tolerate drains us,
slows us down and is a kind of interior clutter. The price is less time and
energy that we could be putting to better use. Make a list of the top 10 things you are tolerating and
make a choice about cleaning them up in some way!
Next, take action! Anything! Move something, throw something out! Physically do something
to initiate the change you desire right now. This gets the momentum going and you might be surprised at
what happens next.
Finally, imagine your life
3 to 6 months from now, if you get to work today on some cleaning and organizing
specifically related to your creative life. What would the impact be?
this short thinking routine will connect you to your motivation and inspire you
to take action, including signing up for one of our upcoming workshops
today! Our workshops do provide a
space for creative play, if that is one of the discoveries you made going through
this exercise today!
See you at SCRAP!
Thank you for your time! We hope you enjoyed this issue of the SCRAP Monthly Newsletter. Please consider supporting the work of SCRAP through a donation or joining in on an upcoming event.
Ruth Oprean Cardillo,CPCC