Repurposed Objects at the Huonville Tip
On Saturday May 20th Huonville’s Southbridge Waste Transfer Station held a market and open day showcasing the creative ways that common everyday throwaway items can be repurposed. Three artist groups displayed their art made from a startling array of what most of us call rubbish.
Mark Roberts was given a welder from his wife Vicky for a Christmas gift and he has surprised himself what an artist he has become, welding old bits of scrap metal into unique artworks. With encouragement from Sue, the Transfer Station’s co-ordinator he displayed his creations for the first time at the open day. Mark’s dream now is to give up his ‘day job’ so he can concentrate on his art.
Kathy O’Hara is an old hand at repurposing objects into art forms preferring shiny ‘bling’ designs. She has recently moved down from the Blue Mountains in NSW where she has exhibited her works in “Waste to Art “competitions. She has done many workshops at schools and at a men’s shed there. Since moving to Tasmania she has produced ‘Art from Trash’ exhibitions under her signature of Scrapture.
Funktionart has been operating for 3 years and has 4 active members. Helen Creese and Deb Vogel demonstrate their art forms many which were made from waste packaging we would automatically throw into a bin. Coffee bean packaging is woven into many deigns. Plastic pieces are remoulded and old CD’s are microwaved until they shatter and the colourful pieces assembled as mosaic tiling.
When asked how do they get their ideas the reply was an idea just pops into their head.
Words and images by our special roving reporter Aspen.