#Craftsman donates all his tools for an #open #tool #library | Can we have one @austintexasgov?

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

Via KARE11

David Merry donates his time and tools to the St. Paul Tool Library.  David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library.  What is unique about this is the amount of tools and his willingness to pass on his skill set. What I like about this is it is set up as a membership. Members pay a $55 annual membership fee to work in the shop and check out tools.  And, that is comes with help from knowledgeable #makers is a huge plus!

We have Loanables where you can rent extra equipment from your neighbors—we really need a #library where you can borrow the tools and learn HOW to use the tools.  City of Austin would be a great place to start a tool lending library!


Re: Down | #Recycled Down from Duvets for Winter Jackets

Via @ispo   Recycled Down from Duvets for Winter Jackets

re:down is a company I can get behind!  They recycle down to go back into clothing! For years, this process had been too difficult with little return on investment.

From the article—

Washing the down requires a lot of water and energy. For this reason, the factory in Hungary was built in a location where water springs up from the ground at a temperature of 38 degrees. “We thus use less energy and spare additional costs,” says Firmann.

Does recycling down really help?  TreeHugger has a good overview of how recycling down would help consumers make more ethical decisions.

By transforming the perception of recycled down, moving it from a position of being less desirable into a position of being ethical and eco-friendly—brands like Re:Down, Nau, and Ternua are changing the way we think about upcycled textiles. If we can accept that wearing a material that might have covered someone else’s sleeping body isn’t degrading, but rather desirable and responsible, one wonders what other materials can be de-stigmatized. Maybe it can help us see more materials as worthy of recycling.

Volunteer a few hours & get great #swag from #SXSWEco trade show!

In the interest of #zerowaste and saving materials from our local landfills—SpinFish, Inc. is helping @SXSWEco divert their leftover #tradeshow materials!  Want to help?  Sign up for a volunteer spot and get the best pick of stuff!  The #SXSWEco conference is next week and we will be diverting materials on Tuesday 10/11 and Wednesday 10/12!  Come have fun and get great stuff!

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Art + Reuse? Best art ever! #PumpProject #MidnightRainbow


midnight rainbowPump Project Art
michael e. stephen

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 7-10 pm
Exhibition: October 1 – 30, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12-5pm or by appointment

From the gallery description:

Michael E. Stephen’s objects and arrangements, composed from appropriated and casted materials, conjure the complex visual experience of subcultures from the 1970s-1990s. Stephen’s selectively scavenged objects (an auctioned piece of the moon; VHS tapes from estate sales) are sourced for their ritualistic or cult potential, and at times transformed alchemically, to create new autonomous relics. Muted by nostalgia, these emblematic artifacts provoke a meditation on the objects’ latent symbolism and associative content. Stephen’s works seek an embodied connection with the past and construct an intimate archive of the VHS era. Stephen’s minimally aesthetic forms display his mystic reverence for psychotronic groupings, object oriented ontologies, and obsolescent territories.

Michael E. Stephen is an Austin, TX based artist working in the expanded fields of sculpture and video. He received his BFA in Sculpture at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 and his MFA in Sculpture/Studio Arts at the University of Oregon in 2013. His work has been exhibited in various national and international venues including Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL; Box13 Art Space in Houston, TX; Scope Art in Miami, FL; Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts in Los Angeles, CA; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR; C3:Initiative in Portland, OR; Peoria Art Guild in Peoria, IL; Kino Kino Center for Art and Film in Sandnes, Norway; LivinGallery in Lecce, Italy and currently has an upcoming solo show in Springfield, IL in late October.

Via #GearJunkie | Upcycling & ReMade in America —what could be better?

Upcycle in America

Upcycle in America

ReMade in America

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Dump To Dresser: Brands Upcycle Gear From Scrap

Upcycling is becoming a viable business model in America.  #Patagonia and #TheRenewalWorkshop are leading the way on #closedloop #supplychain.  How do we keep jobs in the #USA and create an #ethical supply pipeline?  Upcycle.

Help fund The Renewal Workshop.

The Reassembler is for #Makers!

The Reassembler is a #BBC show in which James May explores the intricacies and engineering marvels of various objects by putting them back together again from a pile of hundreds of their component parts.  It is a “slow” program to illustrate how things are made. #Makers will love this show! May takes apart a mower, guitar, and a telephone.  I had a a 1940’s black phone that I rewired to work with our modern electrical outlets. They had me at “reassemble”!

1940's Black Phone

1940’s Black Phone