Made From Scraps is an ongoing series of art-based events hosted by SPACE.
Made From Scraps brings artists and designers of all type together to find practical and creative uses for a featured “scrap” material. Artists participating in Made from Scraps: Volume 1 represent a variety of backgrounds and practices, and converge around a common material: wood. This series sparks a new conversation about sustainability, as the artists and designers innovate products and applications that provide practical solutions to design and objects of value, sentimentality, beauty, and longevity. As each volume progresses, the artists dive deeper into the subject matter together, creating an interconnectedness of community, shared learning and inspiration. The Crafted Vancouver event is the closing celebration of Made From Scraps: Volume 1, and features work that has been developed over the course of 8 months.
Volume 1 is about wood and inspired by Patrick’s late Mentor, Art Paul, who was an artist, innovator, and craftsman. Paul created mostly large-scale architectural timber projects using custom and modified metalworking machinery that produced work with precision and high-quality finish. His last major project before passing away in June 2017 was the structural elements of the Carcross/Tagish Learning Center in the Yukon. Many of the scraps used in the Made From Scraps: Volume 1 were offcuts from Paul’s projects – now to be shared with the community.
The grand finale of Made From Scraps: Volume 1 begins on May 17th and comes to a close, alongside the Crafted Vancouver festival, on May 30th. The exhibition debuted on Nov 15, 2018, with a total of five instalments spanning several months. Each past exhibition has featured a new curation of original artworks derived and constructed from “scrap” wood material by a roster of 40+ local craftspeople and artists. This final exhibition will unveil works of grandiose scale and unexpected interdisciplinary collaborations from a core group of the participants.
The work emerging from the Made From Scraps series is big, bold, and made from reclaimed and salvaged wood. The artists participating in this exhibition series have stepped beyond their traditional practices to work with new materials, learn new processes, and diversify the scale of their projects. Each individual work embodies the timeless majesty of our local forests, their enduring strength, and their reincarnation of purpose.
Some of the pieces featured in the show will be:
– A 12′ x 3′ woven wall hanging made from 1.5″ Old Growth Douglas Fir reclaimed from deconstructed homes across Vancouver – crafted by a bead weaving artist
– An oversize hanging mobile made from a section of Stika Spruce Burl from Haida Gwaii, which was one of the offcuts of a table project – crafted by a jewellery maker
– Precision Cut wood circles made from offcuts of 800-year-old Red Cedar log found on Vancouver Island that was part of an architectural project – Crafted by an industrial designer
– Functional Wood Sculptures that re-imagine wood salvaged from Heritage Home Restorations – crafted by a painter and sculptural artist.
– An 8′ ø cross section cut of an 800-year-old Douglas Fir tree that was rescued from the archives of the Museum of Vancouver – crafted by an industrial designer
– A large-scale timepiece made from sheet goods of CNC offcuts and other solid wood components – crafted by a graffiti artist-turned-clock designer.
– Wooden Rockets lathe-turned from the table legs of decommissioned Canada Post office furniture – crafted by a salvage material artist
– An 8′ totem pole carved from a reclaimed Yellow Cedar telephone pole from the Squamish Area. – crafted by a First Nations carver
– A number of smaller items of functional sculptures and artwork made from oddball sections of Red Cedar leftover from completed projects – crafted by painters, graphic designers, 3D artists, and photographers.