From our juror, the ever-lovely Emily Levenson, co-founder of Pittsburgh Craft Collective:
Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value. The art of using found materials to transform them has always been at the center of crafting.
Shows like Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials take this theme and highlight the creative spirit that exists in the handmade community. Each entry was inspiring, showing that anything is possible when it comes to making art.
Winner: “Abrahams Crow” by Jason Lyons
“Abrahams Crow” stood out among the other entries with Lyons’ creative use of materials. The pieces that he chose are unique, though work together in a very cohesive way. Lyons was truly able to repurpose his items into a new, and better, form.
“la Senora de Maravillas” by Melissa Saint
“Spawning Greenback Cutthroat” by Robert Wolverton Jr.
About the Pittsburgh Craft Collective:
The Pittsburgh Craft Collective was started in 2008 by Emily Levenson (Subu, Inc), Carrie Nardini (Zippull and I Made It! Market), Cosette Cornelius-Bates (Cosy Knits Literally), Jennie Stephens (Jennie Stephen’s Art), and Kelly Del Greco (Spooky Kelly). We are a group of 60+ crafters and continue to grow and expand with each new member.
Our mission is simple: to be a central and inclusive collaborative for crafters in the Pittsburgh region. Our goal is to create a strong and vibrant craft community through social and resource networking, education and workshops, and information sharing. All in all, we hope to help others achieve new heights in their craft, help each other succeed, and just plain socialize. Our members run the gamut of crafting: craft enthusiasts, hobbyists, professional crafters, and those that are still trying to figure it out. We also have several shop owners as members.
We run regular classes (wordworking, bookbinding, fiber arts – knitting, crocheting, fused glass, jewelry making, letterpress demonstrations) and will be starting to offer round table workshops on topics like starting a business, social media, selling online, and copyright. We also organize a charity-based craft show called Crafts N’At. Each year we partner with a local organization to help raise money and awareness. Finally, we organize several social networking events like Sunday Crafternoons (held on the second Sunday of the month at Wildcard in Lawrenceville) and Crafty Happy Hours.
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