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Re-use, Re-cycle, Re-purpose, Re-make

March 25, 2013

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I’ve been selected as one of twenty artists to make work for the Brisbane City Council’s Tip Shop Art Competition. In partnership with the Endeavour Foundation, the competition was trialled last year under a pilot program to raise awareness about Brisbane City Council’s Tip Shops, and encourage people to rethink their rubbish.

The Tip Shops are a waste minimisation initiative, designed to keep unwanted furniture and household items out of landfill. The Tip Shops are run by the Endeavour Foundation and have helped divert more than 460,000 tonnes of waste from landfill since they began in 2011. Council gets to save precious landfill space and Endeavour Foundation gets to make money to reinvest back into their charity, helping people with disabilities. Everyone wins.

The brief for the compeition is to create a work of art from either furniture or home wares selected from Brisbane’s Tip Shops. The final pieces will be displayed at Brisbane Square Library in the central business district and residents will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece.

I’m excited about participating as for many years my lifestyle and my practice have reflected my consideration for the environment. It took me over a decade to embrace any form of manufacturing and the shift came when I realised that I could make choices which would allow me to make beautiful things with a low environmental footprint. I have always been very resourceful, whether by financial or physical limitation, and enjoy the challenge of thinking outside the square when responding to a brief, designing a project or solving a problem. Whether parameters are self-imposed or given by a client, they allow us to think creatively, to delve into our imagination and figure out a better way to do things. Constraints often nurture innovation, help us to be more efficient and as a result, save resources and money.

So, over the next four weeks, twenty Brisbane artists will be re-making, re-purposing, re-cycling and re-using materials to participate in a conversation with the wider public about the amazing things we can do when we give ourselves time to think about how we consume and what we really need.

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