Repurposed winners announced!

From our juror, the ever-lovely Emily Levenson, co-founder of Pittsburgh Craft Collective:

Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials

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

Art: Abraham's Crow by Artist 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.

Honorable Mentions:

“la Senora de Maravillas” by Melissa Saint

Art: la Senora de Maravillas by Artist Melissa Saint

“Spawning Greenback Cutthroat” by Robert Wolverton Jr.

Art: Spawning Greenback Cutthroat by Artist 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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Just hours left to enter Repurposed

Don’t let this juried show pass you by:

Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials

From 4/1/2010 thru 4/30/2010

Online Art Exhibit:  Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials

Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials. This was one of our most popular shows of the past ten years and we’re happy to bring it back in honor of our 10th anniversary exhibition season. Repurposed is more than getting out old family photos and using them to make coasters or taking a tool box and turning it into a toy chest. This show is about taking things that are destined for the landfill and turning them into art. Yep, we’re talking trash here. This is “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” on steroids and your challenge for this show is to take what would normally never get a second look, what most people would throw away, and create. It can be anything from a coffee filter to a broken chair. An old, spare wheel or an abused and broken toy. Box tops, cans, scraps of fabric, cd cases, jars, coolers, old oven racks… you get the idea. Anything that has found its way into the dustbin or onto the curb is fair game. What you do with your finds – what other things you combine them with, is entirely up to you and limited only by your imagination.

To make things even more interesting, this is a juried show, with a $5 fee-per-entry for participation. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the winner selected by juror Emily Towbin Levenson of the Pittsburgh Craft Collective.

Please tell us what items you used to create your entry, where they came from and how you put it all together. Also include why you used what you did and why it caught your eye. If texture or other small elements are pivotal to your piece, please be sure to include detail shots.

Some additional items of note:This exhibit is open to all paid members of the EBSQ Self-Representing Artist community. Not yet a member? Consider joining today!

Entry fees ($5 per entry) are payable via our Chipin widget.

Eligible entries must meet all points of the prospectus. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to edu@ebsqart.com

Entry Instructions: 

This exhibit has special entry requirements

There is a required $5 entry fee per piece submitted, payable via our Chipin widget.

To add an entry to any show:

  • Upload your art or search your artcase for the piece you’d like to enter. 
  • Select “enter show” from the pull-down menu at the right hand side of this item (the default says “edit”) and click the “go” button. 
  • Find the show you wish to enter and read over the prospectus to make sure your piece meets all of the requirements. If you feel you’re good to go, click “enter.” 
  • That’s it; you’re all done! 

Artists may submit up to 5 pieces per show.

EBSQ Spotlight on Artist Made Jewelry: Eclectic Elements by Sam

This month’s featured gallery is Artist Made Jewelry. Handcrafted jewelry is not only an expression of the artist who created it but of the one who wears it.  Whether created in silver or gold; plain or sparkling with gems and stones, artist made jewelry is a coming together of personalities that is unique. Throughout the remainder of March, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of EBSQ’s Jewelry artists.

Eclectic Elements by Sam

I'm Game Recycled Material Necklace & Earrings Set - Eclectic Elements by Sam

I focus on repurposing things that may be thrown away, in particular, game pieces. Many of us have memories of playing games with our families and friends in our childhood and some of us still enjoy playing games to this day. With the emergence of video games, some people haven’t played the games many of us played as children. I think by using the materials I do it can bring memories back or introduce people to the games many of us played. I enjoy hearing stories people tell when they see my work. It is amazing to be able to bring a smile to someone’s face or bring back a good memory. – Eclectic Elements by Sam

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Team EBSQ-Etsy Featured Friday: ClockworkZero

This week’s Featured Friday store is run by ClockworkZero.

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ClockworkZero ‘s store is full of delicious original creations that look as if they actually came from an alternate reality.   Each one of these pieces is hand crafted with intricate details giving a truly authentic look.  Rich metal tones, repurposed gears, fantastic designs – who could ask for more? Definitely THE place to go for Steampunk, GeekGarb, and Cyberpunk jewelry!

EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Wendy L. Feldmann

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompasses sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Wendy L. Feldmann

Quilted Guild ID Tag - Wendy L. Feldmann
Quilted Guild ID Tag - Wendy L. Feldmann

I’ve been interested in all sorts of fibre arts ever since I was a little kid. I remember making a whole collection of soft-sculpture critters that I played with for hours on end. Endlessly fascinated with crochet and my Mattel Knit Magic, I would save my allowance to purchase one more skein of yarn…

When I was rather young, my mom tried to teach me to sew on a sewing machine, maybe before I was ready. I remember her admonishing me that Things Needed To Be Hemmed, and the idea really bugged me. Maybe that really stuck with me – maybe that’s why I love the free-motion/collage-style quilting that I’ve developed. There are no edges to be turned under. It’s just layers of fabric, used to like paint, to create images.

Some of my earliest creations were crocheted outfits invented for my stuffed rabbit companion. Over the years I’ve found myself knitting with lots of colors (inspired by Kaffe Fassett in the late 80’s), weaving on a floor loom (my BFA focused on Weaving), batiking, embroidering, tie-dying, macrame-ing, designing and creating stuffed animals, dying fabrics and fibers, quilting, crocheting cat beds, and currently I’m needle-felting.

I’m a Color-and-Texture junkie. I heed my Inner Magpie. I love things that sparkle, and I dearly love color – lots of it. Some of my favorite moments are spent lost in a yarn store or a fabric store. Or wandering in a thrift store, entranced by the rows of color and texture.

Other art forms fascinate me. I love to create illustrations, to paint things with what I think of as my “Gypsy-Caravan Style”, and I am a professional Henna Artist. But I always seem to come back around to Fiber Arts.

The common thread…? (er, fiber?): I’m fascinated with transforming yarn or fabric. Usually into something brightly colored.  – Wendy L. Feldmann

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EBSQ Spotlight on Fibre Art: Tina Marie Ferguson

This month’s featured gallery is Fibre Art. The fibre arts involve creating art with fibre. It sounds neat and simple, but the fibre arts are so varied that it is like saying that there are fish in the sea; it’s hardly an adequate description. Fibre art includes spinning and weaving. Also quilting and collage. It encompasses sculpture and apparel and felting and more. Fibre art is any piece of art made with fibre and it’s application is almost endless.

Tina Marie Ferguson

Joey Roo - Tina Marie Ferguson
Joey Roo - Tina Marie Ferguson

As an artist, I enjoy experimenting with a multitude of various art forms and the means and methods of creating.  I remember my grandmother designing beautiful quilts from scraps of cloth and old clothing.  I always considered what she did to be a true art form.  Now, as a mature 44 year old, the art forms that I find most appealing are the ones in which I received no formal training.  I guess that makes fibre art a true form of folk art for me.  I find inspiration in the designs, patterns, and textures of fabric remnants, discarded clothing, and upholstery samples.  Socks and gloves especially fascinate me.  They speak to me.  They all want to be something else and I feel compelled to fulfill that desire.  Each piece is an original.  I believe that stuffies hold a mass appeal that other more traditional art forms do not.  People connect more literally with a piece of fibre art. – Tina Marie Ferguson

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EBSQ Spotlight on Assemblages and Mixed Media: Cynthia Axelberd

This month’s featured gallery is Assemblages and Mixed Media. It is arguably the most unique and diverse gallery at EBSQ.  Throughout May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of our artists who drawn to create with a variety of materials.

Cynthia Axelberd

Safe Haven - Cynthia Axelberd
Safe Haven - Cynthia Axelberd

Being a mixed media artist gives me the opportunity to use my favorite materials, wood, paint, metal, paper, anything really.  I feel too limited working in one medium.  I also love transforming old & discarded finds which I consider treasures.  This is when I get to do what I really enjoy, which is re-purposing my treasures.  Growing up I saw my father reuse materials for his many projects.  I was always fascinated by his ability to see a new use for things.  I believe this opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of materials.  Being able to create a piece of art out of so many mediums gives me a great sense of satisfaction. – Cynthia Axelberd

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