Extras for creative reuse supports a whole community of artists and creative people. I am one of those artists.
Extras is a rich community of people, energy and stuff.
It is more than just STUFF! But the stuff is what drew me in at first.
If you are new to this recycling community, then here are the basics:
- Extras takes in overstock, unwanted samples, supplies, industrial fodder, books, papers, tiles, fabric, wood, caps, lids, office supplies and oh so much more.
- Members get to take what they want for their own, artwork, classrooms, and studios
- Through this program, we are able to divert over 250,000 pounds per year from landfills and incinerators, while proving over $1.5 million dollars worth of materials to local educational, community, and culture based organizations, including the over 150,000 children served by our members.
To become a member just stop by the new location:
- 58 Pulaski Street (rear entrance)
- Peabody, MA 01960
- Wednesday 10am -5pm
- Thursday 10am -5pm
- Friday 10am – 5pm
- Saturday 12pm -5pm
- Sunday – Tuesday : CLOSED
- Closed most holiday weekends
I have been a member for a few years and have become a volunteer. I look forward to each week.
There is always something new with plenty of art making possibilities.
I am a mixed media printmaking and My blog is called Printmaking without a Press. I am all about finding ways to make marks with out needing a printing press.
Extras is filled with such printmaking tools.
READ on If you are:
- a mixed media artist,
- a teacher
- fiber artist
- art workshop leader
- found materials sculptor
There are tools in every nook and cranny of the Imaginarium, Huge Room filled with STUFF with potential. All Free for members.
I have used:
- Carpet squares to cover my art studio
- Foam core to insulate my studio windows
- Rolls of paper to make window shades
- Roll of plastic to further insulate my 22 windows
- Extension cords and plugs to keep things going
- Funky chairs for my desks
- Paper for art projects and printing
- Office supplies for filing and making stencils
- Wood for shelving
- Wood and boxes to make a vendor’s booth
- Shoe Boxes for storage
- Pillows for recovering
- Dried flowers for still life arrangements
- Envelopes for a big promotional mail campaign
- And the list goes on
BUT my favorite finds are the uniques one of a kind things for making interesting marks on paper and fabric. I call these stamping and brayering tools.
They are anything that could make an interesting mark in a thin layer of ink. I use them in combination with the gelatin plate for making monotype prints.
These are things like:
- tile samples with raised texture
- old film reels
- Floor samples with dot patterns
- Wall coverings samples with swirly designs
Most recently I used a shoe and flooring and wall samples to monoprint on fabric.
I even found the white fabric and recycled the pillow from Extras.
WHAT TO DO NOW?
I would invite you to join Extras and start creating today!
This has been a guest blog post by Linda Germain, Printmaker and Teacher. She shares lots of techniques and ideas on her blog.As a gift to Extra’s Fans, you can get the more information and the FREE gelatin printing plate recipe here. And start making magnificent monoprints of your own.