Please send cardboard! ...And other recyclables that help me teach others
Over the past few years I've been re-envisioning my teaching practice to center the magic and empowerment inherent in making art from materials that might go overlooked throughout our day-to-day. It's about much more than addressing waste and recycling, it's about accessing our skills in plastic creativity (literally!), which is vital to our thriving in any livelihood. Most importantly, it's about getting cozy with seeing ourselves as agents of aesthetic and social involvement/change through hand made work and wild imaginations. As a second-generation art teacher, I believe that while art making is invaluable, our supplies should not cost more than essential food or clothing because that price threshold often excludes us from being able to — or even dreaming that we can — be artists.
So here's where you can be of great help. Do you or your organization have any of these items listed below that are still in good condition but you don't need anymore? Send them in the post, or schedule a drop off/pick up if you're in the Philadelphia area. My students and I will use them with much gratitude.
-FOAM CORE or MAT BOARD (clean, smells fine, and in overall good shape)
-STURDY CARDBOARD TUBES, MAILING TUBES (not toilet paper rolls :) )
-MATCHBOXES for matchbox crankie theaters (any included matches must have ends cut off if going through the mail)
-GRILL SKEWERS (BAMBOO) for making puppet rods
-DOWEL RODS for crankie theater dowels. small or large, we can use them all!
-PLASTIC OR PAPER STRAWS for a variety of puppet mechanisms (the sturdier and cleaner the better)
-CURIOUS SMALL BOXES (pretty much anything except metal can be turned into a theater without using power tools)
-CURIOUS PAPER for collaging, set and costume designing, and shadow puppetry
-RUBBER BANDS for puppet mechanisms (the kind that hold your vegetables and mail are great)
-POPSICLE STICKS (the craft kind or the well-washed food kind)
-WIRE (anything that is in the jewelry to wire hanger gauge range works great as puppet handles and coil joints)
-RULERS and DRAFTING STRAIGHT EDGES come in handy for anything
-DRAWING COMPASSES because a perfect circle is a thing of beauty
-KITCHEN STRING, TWINE, FISHING LINE, OR THREAD for marionettes and other puppet mechanisms
-SAFETY PINS, for shadow theater construction.
-SIMPLE MACHINES, have a pulley or a spring etc. that you're not quite sure what to do with them? Ask me I 'd love to see. It could inspire or complete my next puppet
-DRAWING AND COLORING SUPPLIES (non-toxic, washable preferred)
READY TO MAIL SOME RECYCLED GOODS?
You can request my business address through my contact page and I will respond as soon as possible.
I can't tell you how much you are helping my workshops reach a wider range of people, especially in opening them up to groups who operate outside of conventional school programming or who arent' able to provide a materials budget.
(left) Assembly phases from a crankie workshop at Opequon Quaker Summer Camp.
(above) Pull string puppet activity at Asian Arts Initiative's Art Market