Teaching artist Jenny Murphy describes the silent auction for the Transformation Project Walk; Urban Renewal participants talk with potential buyers and give their reactions to the event.
It was evident during the May 15th Transformation Project Walk that visitors really admired the furniture created during the Urban Renewal workshops. Every piece of furniture sold in our silent auction, and many people made donations to Employment Connection to keep the workshop open and to continue offering this type of programming to their clients! While the auction was a success, I felt that the most amazing part of the event was the experience each artist had standing proud with his or her work and seeing people take value in something he or she created. Read More
Jenny’s students have received their certificates of completion, and over the next couple of weeks, Urban Renewal, along with the rest of the Transformation programs, will be getting ready for May 15’s Transformation Project Walk, an event to showcase–in person–what they’ve been working on all spring. At their site, there will be a silent auction for the transformed bulk trash, and the artisans will be present to talk about their works with guests and potential buyers. Do you know what you’ll bid on? Click on the photos below for a better view.
Jenny Murphy shows how to upholster a chair.
After the new participants made necessary repairs and finalized their plans for the construction of their chairs, they began finishing their projects with our shops natural milk paint and wood wax. Although there are many environmental benefits to using milk paint, it takes some work and practice to get the colors you envision and the perfect consistency for the paint. As everyone finished up their projects, the workshop became a lab of milk paint mixtures. Read More
Milk paint is a great safe and natural finish for your next wooden project! Made from milk, lime, and pigments, this paint has been used throughout our decorative history (think cave paintings, Egyptian tombs, Colonial Era, and more.) It’s a non-toxic paint that is water based for easy clean up and disposal and has no VOCs (volatile organic compounds–those harmful fumes.) Read More
After our new participants made plans for their chairs, they got to work making some basic repairs and alterations. Before they removed the old finish from their pieces, they made sure all the joints came together nicely to create a sturdy seat.
A DIY video from Jenny Murphy, showing us how to repair loose joints on a chair:
An excited round of applause burst out of me when James completed his chair! He was the first of four participants in Urban Renewal to complete his project, and James beamed with pride as he screwed in his cushions and took a seat. As each of the artists finished their projects, we celebrated with a handshake and a photo shoot, taking pictures of them with the chairs they worked so hard to complete over the past six-weeks. Read More
Last week, the five artists from the first Urban Renewal session returned to the shop for an extra day of work to complete their chairs. After considering how we would proceed with the program over the next five weeks, we decided to give these participants the option to continue working in the shop and begin a second project making a small table. We talked about this opportunity, and four interested artists filled out applications to continue working and create a second piece. In the application, they noted the challenges they faced with their first projects such as shaping and fitting new wooden pieces into their chairs, and how they overcame these challenges by “working hard” and “never giving up.” Some wrote that they were interested in continuing because they enjoyed (and even loved) the type of work we did, while others wrote what steps they would take to finish the second project in the allotted five weeks.
A DIY video from artist Jenny Murphy, on how to remove the varnish on your item with sandpaper.