Archive for June, 2011

Reclaimed Wood + Old Hardware + Vintage Ads = Cabin Art

While living out on Camano Island, Mike Scarce has perfected his hobby of making what he calls “Cabin Art”. These pieces fit into any rustic hideaway’s art collection. His materials include: reclaimed wood, salvaged wood boxes, used cabinet doors, old address numbers and letters, old wire, fasteners and nails, and ads that are collected from years of old magazines, left to him by a relative. He has found most of these materials at The RE Store.

“I always find some interesting materials to use. I like to go a couple times a week to The RE Store because you never know what is going to come in,” says Mike.

Art piece made from vintage car ad

Artwork made from vintage car ad and reclaimed building materials

To get started on a one of his projects, Scarce likes to take old windows and replace the glass with plywood. He uses ads from the old magazines or he will use ads that other people bring to him of their classic cars. The ads are bonded to the wood. The artwork is preserved with a clear sealant that he found at the Bellingham store. Mike says that when he seals and stains the artwork, the older the wood, the better.  Wire and nails are used to finish and hang the piece.

Artwork from vintage ad and used building materials

Artwork from vintage ad hanging in The RE Store in Bellingham

Most of his artwork is on display at the Schuh (pronounced Shoe) Farm produce stand in Stanwood and Mount Vernon. Scarce sells most of his art to cabin owners on Camano Island, but he said that some pieces have found homes in barbershops, a fire station, and with car collectors, who admire old car ads. He has donated a piece to The RE Store in Bellingham that suits the paint section.

See photos of creative reuse with reclaimed wood furniture from The RE Store’s REvision Division.

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Shoji Salvage – Screens From Reclaimed Fir Beams

Designer/Builder: Jacki DeVincent

Project Title: Shakti Shoji Screens

Salvage Materials: All of the wood elements

Project Description from Jackie: We were able to make a group of 8 Shoji doors for a couple in Greenlake out of Reclaimed Fir from The RE Store in Seattle.  There was this group of  6″ x 12″ Fir beams that had been hanging in a parking garage, mostly to hold conduit.  They’d been painted and were pretty aged when we got them, but the grain looked tight.   It turned out to be perhaps the finest Fir I have ever seen.    Beautiful VG Fir was lying below,  with grain too fine to count rings without magnification.  It was dry, straight, stable and wonderfully light – perfect for Shoji screens.

I still have some material from these beams and use it on other smaller projects when I can.  I am delighted that something this special and precious could be brought to light again and appreciated for the beauty in function that it brings.  Whenever someone wonders about the quality that can be found in recycled lumber, I pull out one of these pieces.  Places like The RE Store make this possible.

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Ruby Re-Usable and the recycled art movement

Bag lady plastic bag art

“Bag Lady” by Diane Kurzyna – outside The RE Store in Seattle

Diane Kurzyna aka Ruby Re-Usable is one of our heroes. She has been an integral member of The RE Store’s annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show for close to a decade. She has served for years as a jurist, promoter, networker, and a designer of pieces for the Trash Fashion Shows. Her network of artists and designers have brought some of the most inspiring, unconventional and thought-provoking art to the Show over the years.

One of those artists is Seattle artist Patti Shaw. Patti has been making and exhibiting her art quilts since 1999, but it was the Seattle RE Store’s 5th Annual Recycled Art Show that inspired her to create art from recycled materials, specifically the leftover votive candle wick tabs. Ruby Re-Usable recently visited Patti Shaw in her Ballard studio, where Patti relayed the following story about how she got started:

In December 2003 I had a show of icon imagery in the chapel of St. James Cathedral, Seattle. When taking down the show, I noticed a sacristan changing out the burned down votive candles, replacing them with new ones. When I saw him doing that I realized that each piece of aluminum represented someone’s prayer so I asked if he would mind saving them for me. A couple of months later, in 2004, they called and told me they had a box for me to pick up. I wasn’t sure what to do with them so I put them in the attic where they sat for a couple of years.

In 2006 I saw a call for entries for the Seattle RE Store’s Recycled Art Show. I thought of my recycled prayers in the attic, hauled them out and starting playing with them trying to come up with ideas on how to use them. I finished my piece and entered it in the RE Store’s juried show. It was accepted and turned out to be a great success for me. I later sold the piece and since then have made over 40 works using the recycled prayer wick tabs.

View examples of Patti’s work on her website.

Read Ruby’s blog posts about the 10th Annual Recycled Arts & Fashion Show

Seattle art gallery pieces
Seattle RE Store 10th Trash Fashion Show
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part I
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part II: Dance Party Postal
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part III: Ruby Salutes the Red, White & Blue
Trash Fashion ‘11 Recap Part IV: A Marriage of Inconvenience

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