Waste not, want not
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.