As always, the final quarter of the year snuck up on me, and here we are at the end of summer, about to start a new season and October is only days away. This year I have been delving into fabric arts, with an eye toward keeping things out of the trash/landfills and making practical use of the mantra “Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose”. During this exploration, I have shared some of what I have been doing, even the first tries which were learning experiences – mostly because I think it is good for folks to see the stuff that doesn’t work out well as much as seeing great finished projects. I do the same thing with my art… and sometimes I am surprised because the things I think look awful are often something that someone else loves.
And that is a lesson in and of itself. The old adage that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” definitely applies to arts and crafts. So to all of you out there, who, like some of my friends – expect yourself to be perfect – I remind you – sometimes it is the imperfections that will make it appealing to someone else.
Using materials that would normally go into the trash is a way of re-establishing value. It is also a way for each of us to help keep the planet habitable. 🙂
If you reuse, recycle, and repurpose in your arts and crafts – let me know – I’d like to interview you and share your story!