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FUNctional Art on loan

Today I went over to Port Discovery children’s museum to view their FUNctional Art exhibit, which focuses on art made of recycled materials.  I’ve loaned quite a few recycled metal art pieces from Haiti for this exhibit, including doves, suns, dragonflies, and crescent moon faces.  You can find most of those pieces here.   I also put on loan some of my “trashy purses” made from recycled juice packs from the Philippines.

Since it was such a kick seeing the work I carry in such an odd context for me, I thought I’d share some of the photos.  Of course, should you be heading to Port Discovery,  you can check it out yourself.

art studio entrance Port Discovery

entrance to FUNctional Art exhibit


making recycled bags

learning about recycling and art


doves in window

doves flying around on the inside

art in case

some description of the process

sign with recycled juice pack purses

hey, that's Three Stone Steps!




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Another November Holiday

Do you know what tomorrow is? I’ll bet you that you don’t! It’s America Recycles Day (by America, I’m assuming that they mean the United States.)

Like a lot of folks, I’ve been thinking a great deal about recycling, and cutting my carbon footprint. I guess when we think about the three “Rs”: reduce, reuse, recycle, they are in order of priority, which is REDUCE. It does seem to go against the grain of the US ethos (especially during this increasingly early holiday season) to talk about reducing. Of course, I sell stuff, which doesn’t exactly gel with getting people to reduce. (Of course, some of my stuff is already recycled, and is long lasting, so you won’t have to buy another handbag, scarf, or wallet any time soon!)

What’s interesting, well, to me, is that November 15th’s day is sponsored by big corporations, like Coca-Cola, Dell, and Staples. I’m sure they mean well *ahem*, but they sure ain’t telling anyone to reduce. If you want to see more about this day, check out the National Recycling Coalition’s site.

Anyway, good on them! Now, if Baltimore could just get its act together picking up our recycling, we’d be all set!

So, I’ve taken the recycling pledge, and here’s my badge to prove it!

America Recycles Day

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