Art resource hub reopens
Worries that Palmerston North’s unique treasure trove of repurposed materials for arts and crafts could be lost, are over.
The renamed Art Recycling & Dezine Centre reopened last week off the courtyard at the back of Square Edge with a new look, refurbishment and renewed purpose under the umbrella of The Green Hub.
Changes in council funding meant the old Arts Recycling Cen- tre had to adapt or close.
The Green Hub’s Yvonne Marsh said it would have been a shame to lose the resource.
‘‘So The Green Hub decided to keep it going as a standalone organisation, providing artists and craftspeople with materials, and promoting recycling and sustainability.’’
However, before the new vision could be implemented, the centre needed some reorganisation.
Marsh and a few volunteers have spent the past two months sorting, reorganising, cataloguing and displaying the items.
‘‘A lot of the stuff was buried. Some was out of sight out of mind in the Square Edge basement. We discovered hundreds of calendars, Christmas decorations, and hundreds of old LP records.’’
The tidy up has liberated two rooms now able to be used as resource areas for schools, with all items clearly labelled and displayed.
‘‘It’s now all neatly laid out and easy to find.’’
A lick of paint on the walls and some second-hand carpet, and the old centre has been transformed from a rummage room to an atmospheric gallery space.
‘‘Now that we have the space, we will be able to display and sell artworks on behalf.’’
As well, there are the traditional bits and bobs the old centre was famous for.
There are beads and buttons, leather, paua, fabric, cushions, macrame, greeting cards, knitting and sewing patterns and a collection of assorted craft books.
‘‘We have sourced materials from factories in the lower North Island; we’ll be selling plants and seedlings, and offering workshops.’’
There are also plans for a foodsharing table with produce from The Green Hub’s community garden in Roy St.
Co-ordinator Amber Wright, a graduate of The Learning Centre, will be conducting craft workshops.
Amber Wright, workshop co-ordinator at the reopened Arts Recycling and Dezine Centre, models one of her recycled backpacks created from plastic bags.