Craft Reclaimed

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Can a discarded piece of nana’s lace have new life? Victorian buttons have an environmental message? Wow … Are you kidding? That can’t be made from that old thing! Those are just a few of the thoughts you will have when seeing the creations on display in Craft RECLAIMED at the National Wool Museum where artist Barb Porter says “yes they can” and her upcycled artworks prove it.

Like it or not, we are a wasteful society. We buy, we consume, we throw it away. Most of our lives today come in disposable packaging, wear out (or get boring) and we simply … toss it away. Trash is just a part of our throw-away culture.

“I think we have too much of a throwaway age,” says Porter “and we also have treasures – beautiful skilled work that people have sitting in their cupboards and they don’t know what to do with it.”

At first glance you might think: that’s clever, handbags made from neck ties, pillows fashioned from gloves. A closer look has a deeper message: modern techniques and contemporary tastes can give previously discarded art and craft work a new life and a new purpose.

It’s called upcycling, the process of converting waste materials or unwanted and otherwise useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

Barbara Porter’s message “Recycling and upcycling brings new life to forgotten treasures by making cast-offs elegant and inspiring people to look differently at waste. These are magnificent works of art and craft, reclaiming and upcycling them conveys the value of fine craft work and the future of our planet.”

Free workshops with Barb Porter. Come learn her techniques and hear about her fascinating work, environmental consciousness and love of giving new life to old things.

Workshops run:
13 May – 10 July 2015
Two workshops daily (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
10:30am-11:30am and 2:30pm-3:30pm
Workshop participation is included in general admission. Bookings required, numbers are strictly limited

Call 5272 4701 to book and for further information.

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