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Around Town : "Upcycled" at the Educational Alliance

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Since we are so keen on reusing materials here in the Crafts Department, I thought it appropriate to share with you an exhibition I visited last week at the Educational Alliance’s Ernest Rubenstein Gallery. Upcycled presents the work of several artists who use trash—collected from their own garbage or that of neighbors and coworkers, sidewalks, and public dumps—to create sculptural pieces, vessels, and wall installations. Who knew plastic postconsumer waste could be so beautiful?

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“Cancan #20” by Janet Nolan is made of plastic bottle caps, lids, and straws.

1 “Cancan #20” by Janet Nolan is made of plastic bottle caps, lids, and straws.

“East Otisserie” by Ilene Sunshine made of plastic bags.

2 “East Otisserie” by Ilene Sunshine made of plastic bags.

A cascading spiral of water bottles(!) -

3 A cascading spiral of water bottles(!) - "Flotsam Reef Spiral" by Olivia Kaufman-Rovira. Photograph by Olivia Kaufman-Rovira.

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Found plastic, metal, and wood in

5 Found plastic, metal, and wood in "Garden” by Tyrome Tripoli. Photograph by Paul Katz.

Amazing vessels made from plastic discarded bottles (see the V8?) by Shari Mendelson. Photograph by Robert Wright.

6 Amazing vessels made from plastic discarded bottles (see the V8?) by Shari Mendelson. Photograph by Robert Wright.

A sculptural piece by Barbara Lubliner. Photograph by Michael Steele.

7 A sculptural piece by Barbara Lubliner. Photograph by Michael Steele.

Photograph by Paul Katz.

8 Photograph by Paul Katz.

Although the show is no longer open, the Educational Alliance is hosting a workshop on recycled art. Open to the public on May 7, the workshop will be led by Upcycled curator and artist Barbara Lubliner and artist Bernard Klevickas.

Comments (4)

  • Oh my. This is awesome. I love that they've taken something that we'd never give a second look, and transformed it into something display-worthy.

  • Love this Blog!
    Do you have a date for the craft department event where the staff sells their products?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for your interest! We'll be sure to keep everyone posted on any upcoming events and sales on the blog.

  • love it! gives me ideas to decorate my home at the same time very earth friendly c:

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