Three Golden Rules for Art Scrappers

a miniature patchwork quilt, made from my old dresses. Irene Rowely

Patchwork quilts are a good example of “use what you have”.

Here are three golden rules to be an “Art Scrapper”, and an environmentally-aware artist.  I know that artists do not always like rules,  so you can also call these three guidelines, or philosophies, on turning old scraps into fine arts and crafts:

Scrapper Rule #1. Use What You Have. continue reading

Seeing with a Kid’s Eyes

Irene, Maker's Fair, Fluffy Puppet, Airstream Trailer

Irene at the Maker Fair.

My name is Irene and I love arts and crafts. As a child I loved to camp with my large family, make things from scraps, paint pictures and write stories.

Growing up in Albany, California, I saw the Emeryville mudflat sculptures almost every day from the freeway. These whimsical, wooden things mystified and inspired me. I thought about making one myself, but I was too little. In school, we often made things from scraps, like decorated crowns out of construction paper, papier-mâché puppets out of newspapers strips, and wooden baskets out of popsicle sticks. continue reading