Weekend Update: Giving old materials new life

Weekend Update: Giving old materials new life

Examples of creative items, both decorative and functional, made from recycled materials will be displayed and sold at the Hatch Art Fair (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Savoy Recreation Center). Roughly 30 Midwestern re-use artists, including Chicago's Staci Sterenberg, who makes mosaic jewelry and wall art from glass and ceramic dishware and metal, will sell their creations. They include assemblages, clothes, jewelry and mixed-media art. Here's more, courtesy staff writer Melissa Merli:

1. The Hatch Art Fair also will feature the Pop-Up Hatch Community Art Show.

"We've asked individuals who have made things on their own and tinkered around with re-purposed materials to bring out their work," said Gail Glende Rost, interim general manager of The I.D.E.A. Store, sponsor of Hatch. "It's kind of a show-and-tell. I'm excited about what I think might be coming out." People who bring items for the Pop-Up Hatch do not have to pay a registration fee.

2. Admission to the Pop-Up Hatch, also from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, is free, while entrance to the Hatch Art Fair is $2.

"The Pop-up Hatch is in the same facility but in a different room," Rost said. "I think we will have 10 fashions on display there, too."

Pandamonium Doughnuts will sell their treats in the area of Pop-up Hatch; the Cracked food truck was to have been at the Art Fair but pulled out because of a scheduling conflict.

3. The Hatch Creative Re-use Art Festival also featured a Trashion Show on March 7, drawing 250. Rost, who co-founded The I.D.E.A. Store, which benefits the C-U Schools Foundation, said people are curious about re-using materials for clothes.

"It becomes a wonderful mechanism to talk about re-use," she said. "That's what (Hatch artist-in-residence) Nancy Judd is all about. She realized that early on, that you can use clothing to challenge people's ideas about how materials can and can't be used."

4. The two-week Hatch Creative Re-use Art Festival ends today with the fair, pop-up show and Hatch Art Exhibition, a juried show of fine art made from recycled materials at the Indi Go Artist's Co-op, 9 E. University Ave., C. The last viewing for that is 1 to 5 p.m. today. The festival this year also included Judd working with children at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, leading a workshop at The I.D.E.A Store, and a lecture-demo of musical instruments made from recycled materials.

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