Art re­source hub re­opens

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Am­ber Wright, work­shop co-or­di­na­tor at the re­opened Arts Re­cy­cling and Dezine Cen­tre, mod­els one of her re­cy­cled back­packs cre­ated from plas­tic bags.

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