Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Functional Art

The 10th Annual Recycled Arts and Fashion Show kicked off this weekend in Bellingham and Seattle. Brought to our community by the wonderful RE Store, in conjunction with local galleries, artists, educational organizations and non-profits, this ode to sustainable beauty is something I look forward to every year.

In the "functional art" gallery at the RE Store, you can find a lamp made out of CD's, a roller-skate clock, a bench made from a headboard and some doorknobs, and this-- a Space Needle floor lamp by Pat Tassoni, constructed from warehouse light lenses, shelving rail, hubcaps and high-voltage insulators.

I've only visited the gallery at the RE Store so far, but I hope to make it to at least one of the other galleries at the Allied Arts Center on Cornwall, the Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison, or Blowing Sands Glass Studio in Seattle. Along with the gallery showings, there are also two trash fashion shows coming up: April 16 in Seattle and April 23 in Bellingham. Together, the events create the biggest showcase of salvaged-goods art and fashion in the Northwest.


  1. do very tiny little people ride to the top to take in the view of the room?

  2. Recycled art can be pretty cool, as this space needle lamp is. Good one.

  3. So interesting. Looking forward to seeing more photos. :)