Sunday, April 17, 2011


In celebration of Earth Day (a bit early), our town had a festival. They even had a sculpture commissioned--this dung beetle--the ultimate recycler!!!

The weather was not good--snow in the morning--but most of the festival was indoors, so I went.

And quickly came back to get Robbie!

Besides the sculpture, recycled art, and other random stuff, the Eco-fest had a room where people could make music with old electronic toys and junk.
Scrapyard Challenge, a husband-wife team from Brooklyn (Brooklyn NY!) had tools and a music program on their computer. People could make a circuit with electronic toys, wire them to the computer, and play music.

Not having much confidence in my wiring skills, I created a recycled art sculpture,
Robbie got into the electronics--taking stuff apart and rebuilding things. He took apart an old toy with switches, and hooked up four switches to four different notes on the computer.
We were probably there for 2 hours. . .

So I did finally have time to think up and create a musical instrument, jingling keys that created an electrical circuit.
On my first visit, sans Robbie, I stopped by at the recycled fashion workshop and saw my textile-savvy friends Sonja, Brooke, Ramona, and Carissa. They were taking thrifted clothes and altering them to make new, hip outfits. Lots of brave scissors-wielding goes into that.

Here's one of Ramona's creations--a 50's dress that she updated while keeping its retro flavor.
Carissa joked that she feared seeing people who knew how to sew. "They're going to say 'she's not using pins! She's not measuring!'"

All of those talented women are going to present their work at the 3rd annual recycled fashion show on April 30. I'm going!

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