Friday, June 18, 2010


Come on kids, we too can make beautiful utilitarian objects from what others consider garbage. There's inspiration all around us. This summer let's get to work and start saving(stuff and our beloved Mother Earth)
sustainable design, green design, spring greening 2010, inhabitat green design competition, recycled materials, diy design, repurposed materials, sarah turner, recycled bottle lamp

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2 am the night before installing
Shelly and Keesje preparing for the next day..... thanks Shelly!

6 am placing the piece de la resistance atop Mt. Fiji of plastic. Amazingly, that was the only piece that did not make it back to headquarters. It wasn't secured in the bottle and must have flown off. It says a lot about our neighborhood that NOTHING was disturbed or stolen.....that's huge. I got immense enjoyment from watching people of all ages interacting with the art. From what I observed, everyone felt free to touch and play with the work yet, the were careful not to pull anything too hard. I've always loved this neighborhood but after this show, it holds a special place in my heart.

Big shout out goes to Rowana Shepard who worked tirelessly for weeks preparing and Lauren Jobson who helped install at 5:30 am. Together they did the most fantastic job hanging the center pieces. I absolutely love how they incorporated the art into the beautiful iron work. Great job ladies, thank you!

The first person to view the show at 6 am

There he is again, SB Square Pants..... Please note, when I retrieve things from the garbage, they are thoroughly soaked, scrubbed, and washed.

What are we leaving for them?

Thanks NF for your help disassembling!
SCORE! If only I found them before the show.

The Landscape of No Away will be traveling- stay tuned. Next, the Muscota
graduation ceremony will be decorated with the flowers. This was a wonderful experience, I thank Patricia Eakins and Keesje Fischer for writing the grant and initiating this wonderful project, It brought smiles to many faces.

What to do with your cd's

Belén Hermosa, Panda chair, made from discarded CDs, Spain

This might be overly ambitious for some, just wanted to put it out there.....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What To Do With The Caps?

Meylenstein, Shower Light, made from the caps of bath-product bottles, Berlin, Germany

Okay, if that's too much work for you, what about starting a collection box in your school, your building or your community. Not a hard thing to do. Make sure you have a sturdy container and good signage, letting everyone know what you're doing and contact Aveda to organize pick-up/drop-off. Imagine how many of these bottles get thrown away every day.

Aveda found that a majority of plastic bottle caps do not get recycled today.

Often these caps end up as litter or trash and migrate into our rivers and oceans. Birds and other marine creatures mistake them for food with tragic results. The magnitude of this pollution problem is devastating to our oceans and wildlife.

Your school can be part of the solution by joining recycle Caps with Aveda.*

Join Aveda's caps recycling initiative that helps extend the current boundaries of recycling and elicits participation from all corners of our community. With the help of our network of salons and stores, in partnership with community schools, we have created a recycling program for plastic bottle caps. Caps are collected at enrolled schools and then sent by Aveda to our recycler where the material is recycled into new caps and containers. Aveda has been able to work closely with our suppliers to develop ways to make new caps from the recycled caps and we plan to incorporate these caps into future Aveda products.

What type of caps do we collect?
The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol.

This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter.

Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw on lids that are not rigid. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. Unfortunately, too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process.
We appreciate your efforts in keeping it clean! Please help Aveda in our mission to encourage local recyclers to accept plastic bottle caps.

Join the Recycle Caps with Aveda campaign and feel great knowing that your plastic caps will be repurposed into new packaging and kept from entering our waterways and harming wildlife.

Want to know how your school can get involved?
Click to learn more:
Parents | Teachers. Remember to when you are ready to enroll your school.

Like to color or know a child who does?
here for a Fun and Educational Recycle Caps with Aveda Coloring Page. Enjoy!

For more information on how to enroll your school contact or call 1-877-Aveda09.

* Applies only the 48 contiguous United State

Monday, June 7, 2010

Passers by

Due to popular demand Landscape of No Away will be extended until this evening.

Sponge Bob Square Pants - could sell anything to a kid. You would think Mr. Square Pants has enough money by now that he would utilize his influence in more positive ways that actually benefit children and do greater good. Oh right, I forgot, we're in America we're supposed to be making as much green stuff as we can despite all else. Okay, there's enough spewing going on in the Gulf, I won't continue.
On a more positive note, I'm LOVING this guy. I wonder if he made that bike with his own ingenuity. That's one way to get outside, exercise and have fun in the city on a beautiful summer afternoon. Though, it does concern me that he's not wearing a helmet, he's got headphones on and he's really high off the ground

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Landscape of No Away THIS WEEKEND!

From 9 a.m. on Saturday June 5th to 5 p.m. Sunday June 6th
The Landscape of No Away:
A community eco-art project that uses reused materials such as plastic bottles and found texts from discarded newspapers to create a garden of flowers. Originating artists: Keesje Fischer and Patricia Eakins. Community Partners: NYC Parks & Recreation; Isabella Geriatric Center; Michelle Del Guercio and Skraptacular, Time Bank, NoMAA, and friends & neighbors.
The Fort Washington entrance to the 190th Street A train Station
Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Avenue @ 190th Street

The Landscape of No Away is part of the Uptown Arts Stroll.

Haven't been posting much since I've been super busy getting Landscape of No Away pulled together though, I have been religious about documenting as I go along. 5:00 Saturday morning we'll be there installing..... If you can, come see it in person if not I will have plenty of pics and videos.

The first person to find the kiss in this collage will win a Skraptacular flower.

Detail of a flower

Art imitating life ?

Landscape of No Away will have an interactive component. We're playing and we want you to play....
Even my girls like the flowers : )

Okay, now let's talk about the giraffe. A little more tape than I was comfortable using, first off.
Initially, she was standing.....

Until the third layer of paper mache became too much for this girl to handle and then she just gave up on me, sitting on my pot of dead Geraniums. The kids at school never got a chance to decorate it BUT non-the-less, Skraptacular will be at Highbridge this Saturday to Hike the Heights and we've got a lot of fun things planned.