Quest for products and materials to create built environments in planetary 'stewardship & harmony'
'Landfills used to be plagued by waste building materials in the UK, before 're-cycling' was adopted. But there are certain types of wood that can be used for creative and educational projects. For example, plywood, MDF, etc that are removed from spaces under renovation (or left over from new projects) still have good use.
There's an opportunity for schools and community groups to benefit from such waste, plus further opportunities for people (adults can still learn) to either make mural panels with their own choices of design/motif or simply learn about the differences between painting with water based or oil paints. A good sanding makes any wood surface re-treatable, unless it's damp in which case I'm sure there's a product being worked on that treats damp wood, which needs to be tested!
Paint.. thick, lumpy, solid emulsion that's always a problem with skips and certain types of re-cycling that goes on here in the UK. Some community recycle centres don't take paint at all. Give people the right tools, eg sieve/strainer/loosely woven muslin, or carving implements that would make a mark in set emulsion and the ability to be creative with waste can open doors. What's done with waste is down to imagination, the first priority is to reduce and then eliminate it.
The last mural project I directed and co-produced was with the children who live on my street. I was invited to get involved in this for our 'Queen's Silver Jubilee' street party earlier this year. A salvaged piece of MDF became community art! and I hope inspirational for others. Here it is, along with links to other projects I've directed (and links to arts related info): http://makingmurals.com/makingmurals/windermerediamonds.html
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Most of the other projects could be repeated using salvaged wood, but the 'Working with Alzheimer's' project at Homemead was a different process entirely.'
This section of art works were produced by Isabella Wesoly using salvaged waste. Some works were part of a commission for a dance studio and the rest were created in studio space. All were created at OPEN Ealing Arts Centre prior to or during her residency in 2012.
Isabella up-cycles waste to make art. Plastic containers are useful for paint process or storage. The use of tiny glass seed beads are an innovative way to decorate wood based panels.
For the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Isabella was asked to create a mural with the street. The wood was salvaged, left over paint was used for base coat and finer detail, plus a donation of primer was provided by Wright's hardware store in Northfields Avenue. The mural has since been sealed and is in Isabella's garden awaiting a home in the local community.
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