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I think "Scrapture" is a very great idea because the word and event highlight to others that sculpture can be created from scrap. I rather like the term "Garbage Reincarnation" garbage.org used to describe its website.
Come to think of it, since we are all into creating recycling-friendly vocabulary to induce recycling habits, we do not have to rely on the relevant established bodies to accept the kind of words we want to use. Let us just post them on the forum and members who like and appreciate the words can just use them in their teachings or writings about keeping the environment green. Sooner of later, they will land in a dictionary and recognised by all.
"Abandoned material" aka waste is a term I created when I started my blog to highlight successful entrepreneurs who have created "Abundance from Abandoned" in their "Amazing Ways". Through my search for "Creative Recyclers", I have discovered one artist who paints using her menstrual blood. "Abandoned material" can also be things that would have been lying around un-used due to change in hobby, trend, etc. Eg: cassette tape, vinyl record, fabric samples and leftovers.
Thks for your interest in what I can create. Here are some links to pictures of practical things that I have taught and created out of abandoned material:
Bag out of cassette tapes and leftover wool and bracelet using office file ring leftover wool
To save cost raising kids:
Dressing up Barbie Dolls
2-in-1 gift idea
Creating jump rings with kids' balloon stick and receptacle
Small glass bottles
Materials salvaged from fish tackle box
Solving problems with plastic bottle and bag
Asian love to buy gold for all occasions and I have been mulling over using gold filled wire for my jewellery creations until I read from this forum that the production of one gold ring generates 20 TONS of mine waste. Now I use stainless steel which is 100% recyclable and I highlight such issues on my blog too.
The following link shows more pictures and it has made it to a fund raising article written by Sustainable Oregon Schools (SOS).
Read the article and see if they deserve the NRC Annual award Christine McCoy has posted about:
Nominations are due at 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 28, 2007. For more information, download the:
and the Nomination Outline (a Word document):
>From: Dan Knapp [firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: 6/24/2007 3:03:46 AM
>Subject: Re: [GreenYes] Re: [CRRA] Ordinances that facilitate on-farm composting
>Hi again, Nancy Poh:
>I would be very interested to see photos of some of the "practical stuff" you
>create by arty-fication. There are a some interesting arty-fiers practicing
>arty-fication around here, too.
>In fact, a nearby nonprofit recycling business in Sonoma County, CA will host
>their umpteenth annual "Scrapture" art show in a couple of weeks. Scrapture is
>an art show of, by, and for dumpster diver artists who make beautiful things out
>of unwanted stuff. Some of that art sells for high prices up there: last one I
>went to had quite a few pieces priced in the US $ thousands. The sponsoring
>organization, Garbage Reincarnation, Inc., has a website at www.garbage.org.
>I imagine there are collectors out there who are eager to buy the newest and
>best of this genre. I know I've seen some "scrapture"-type art in galleries and
>in hotel lobbies here and there. Also, Urban Ore has a number of such artists
>who buy parts from us to create wonderful art pieces. One ex-staffer at Urban
>Ore makes sculptural robots out of old aluminum and stainless steel and brass
>shapes that he buys from us. Especially useful for some reason are old vacuum
>cleaner parts. He sells at several galleries, and his pieces are quite expensive.
>One time just for the fun of it Urban Ore sponsored a "Landfill Cap Contest" at
>an annual event in our town called the "How Berkeley Can You Be" parade. Here
>the overall theme is Zany, so in our contest we offered cash prizes denominated
>in Urban Ore Trade Credits for the best hat made like a landfill cap. (Landfill
>caps are required at all old closed landfills; the idea is to keep the waste
>from going anywhere). The woman who won first prize had a huge hat with
>astroturf on top (symbolizing the park bandaid we use to disguise old landfills)
>and all sorts of other stuff that makes up landfills in a foot-deep layer
>underneath. I have a picture of it somewhere. She had old vacuum cleaner hoses
>dangling from it, too. I don't remember how much we offered in prizes, but they
>I would be interested to learn more about what it's like in your part of the world.
>Is "abandoned material" in your native language the same thing as what some of
>us here in Calfiornia call "waste?"
>It sounds as if you're trying to do the same thing as we have been impelled to
>do here: construct a new recycling-friendly vocabulary that takes discarded
>materials as a given but does not restrict "disposal" to "wasting disposal" by
>landfilling or incinerating all our discards.
>We're all trying to escape the grip of the solid waste management disposal paradigm.
>More power to you, Nancy.
>On Jun 23, 2007, at 12:28 AM, Nancy Poh wrote:
>Hi Dr Knapp
>There should be a place for us to file politically correct way to call unwanted
>material because, "One man's junk is another man's treasure". I have discovered
>one website that provides such glossary and "recycle nutrients" has not made the
>In my case as I teach others to create practical stuff out of things that they
>would otherwise discard, these are words I have created to add glamour to their
>unwanted material = abandoned material
>people who create out of abandoned material = Creative Recyclers
>art of creating from abandoned material, such as, plastic bag = plastic bag
>arty-fication or recycle nutrients arty-fication
>abandoned material creation = artified creation
>You do not need a machine to turn organic recycle nutrients (can be a mouthful
>phrase to use) into compost. There is a method call pit or "trench composting"
>whereby you dig a trench to hold them. This method ease soil rotation. There is
>a very good diagram at the following link to show how it is done.
>>From: Dan Knapp [email@example.com]
>>Sent: 6/20/2007 9:01:31 AM
>>Subject: Re: [GreenYes] Re: [CRRA] Ordinances that facilitate on-farm composting
>>Regarding the regulations governing composting on farms in Pennsylvania:
>>I respectfully submit that using the word "waste" when what you actually mean is
>>"recycle nutrients" is just the worst industrial positioning imaginable for
>>composting. Wastes are worthless, but nutrients, properly managed, can be quite
>>I've seen waste composting, and it wasn't pretty. I just remember an unusually
>>very smelly dirty mrf in Michigan somewhere and a big nearby field on which was
>>parked a forlorn compost turning machine with its flails completely fouled and
>>immobilized by film plastic bags. The compost windrows were full of plastic and
>>who knows what else. But the field they sat on was a real field used for
>>corn/soybean rotation. That dirt got a big dose of garbage, some of which is
>>probably still there.
>>What does it matter that the materials have been discarded from one source, so
>>long as they can become valuable feedstocks after they've been upgraded by
>>recovery enterprises to market specs? Clean in, Clean out. Source separation is
>>best practice. Nutrient recycling is best positioning. Regulations should say
>>what we want, not just what we don't want. And farmers using clean nutrient
>>recycling practices should be regulated least, not most.
>>Regulations need to be rewritten top to bottom to remove waste management
>>vocabulary, which stifles and retards ecologically superior disposal methods.
>>There are better ways to talk about what we do.
>>Thanks for the chance to comment.
>>Urban Ore, Inc., a Berkeley reuse and recycling business.
>>On Jun 19, 2007, at 4:44 PM, Gary Liss wrote:
>>Consider the regulations governing composting on farms in Pennsylvania. That's
>>supposed to be a model:
>>On-Farm Composting (PA Dept. of Environmental Protection)
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