by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger
In the last 7 months since finishing my service year at Creative Action, I have been hard at work learning more about my own creative power to take something that someone else might see as trash and turn it into something beautiful.
Refurbishment of the items that we already have in this world is such a critical aspect to take into mind. When you get the chance to look at something in shambles and that some people think is junk, and then get the chance to create it into something new it brings about such a great joy. I recently watched a video, which I found while reading a blog about this young lady who searched through the dump for bike parts. She would take apart a bike and then turn those pieces into beautiful chandeliers. She used her creative power to take someone else’s trash and create it into a beautiful piece of art.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7QWVCAsk40&w=560&h=315]
This month, I am working towards the recreation process of items that just needed a little tender, loving care. At a yard sale last month, I picked up what used to be someone’s jewelry box that they had decoupaged magazine and family pictures onto. I have begun the process of tearing it apart and sanding it down to its original wood. Then, I will add on new hardware and stain it to become a beautiful piece. I hope that this great box will then become a new vintage style box purse for a new owner. (I will add a finished photo in the next blog I write).
Every time I get ready to start a new project, I always think about how Creative Action has been working with recycling of items and creating new from old. If you ever want the chance to see how the recreation projects from Creative Action turn out, just take the opportunity to head out this weekend to I Spy Pie! at Central Market.