Waste not, want not

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PURONGORONGO -

There is no such thing as junk ac­cord­ing to the creative mind of Rachael Camp­bell.

The Toko­roa Creative Art man­ager has spent 12 years tak­ing in used ma­te­ri­als and turn­ing them into art.

As a part of the South Waikato Achieve­ment Trust pro­gramme, Camp­bell also helps the com­mu­nity do the same.

And it is some­thing that she thor­oughly en­joys.

‘‘For me it’s tak­ing some­thing that some­one will throw away and turn­ing into vi­able art,’’ she said.

The 58-year old said the idea started with some used card­board boxes.

Camp­bell and her team saw po­ten­tial in the boxes and de­cided to snatch them up be­fore they were thrown away.

The pieces were ex­hib­ited and once the com­mu­nity re­alised what they could do, Camp­bell said the ma­te­ri­als started com­ing in by the trailer loads.

‘‘They saw what we pro­duced and they would turn up with a load of stuff. The more art we did the more peo­ple came on board,’’ she said.

Some of the most un­usual ma­te­ri­als have been turned into the most ‘‘unique’’ pieces.

Pos­sums have been trans­formed into toy snakes, CDs are are now coast­ers and even ties can be used as a cell­phone case.

‘‘It seemed any­thing we put our hands on peo­ple didn’t mind,’’ she said.

Although Camp­bell said it takes skills, the im­por­tant as­pects are imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity.

Some peo­ple have sur­prised them­selves with what they can do, she said.

‘‘It’s al­ways just look­ing at what you can do with it,’’ she said.

The Bridge St shop holds classes for com­mu­nity groups but the prac­ti­cal pieces for sale have also been made by in­di­vid­u­als who love art.

‘‘That’s what I love, that they just sit there and beau­tify it,’’ she said.

Camp­bell said any­one can take ma­te­ri­als to trans­form into art and take them back to sell.

Creative Art also wel­comes do­na­tions of ma­te­ri­als to re­use.


Cre­ate Any­thing: Rachael Camp­bell be­lieves any­thing can be turned into art with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion.

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