Pamela Consear's Profile

About

Enter my shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandyGalStudios?ref=pr_shop_more

Also check out my new shop selling original artwork, prints, and art cards: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PamConsear

Blog: www.HandyGalStudios.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandyGalStudios

Confession: I am a salvage junkie. I used to think I was just cheap, shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. Now I celebrate creative reuse. I love what happens to my brain when I'm perusing the aisles of cast-offs: It's like all the neurons are firing at once. So much history in those worn patches and blemishes! So many stories! So many possibilities! So much unused potential to be released back into the world! (I think that same eye for potential sustained me…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 28
  • Joined January 5, 2011

Favorite materials

old maps, accounting ledgers, rusty metal doodads, music books and sheet music, broken jewelry, discarded tile, old linens, ephemera like ticket stubs and postmarks and tags and receipts and wrappers

Shop

AllHandsArtShop
Make your mark every day!

About

Enter my shop here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandyGalStudios?ref=pr_shop_more

Also check out my new shop selling original artwork, prints, and art cards: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PamConsear

Blog: www.HandyGalStudios.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandyGalStudios

Confession: I am a salvage junkie. I used to think I was just cheap, shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. Now I celebrate creative reuse. I love what happens to my brain when I'm perusing the aisles of cast-offs: It's like all the neurons are firing at once. So much history in those worn patches and blemishes! So many stories! So many possibilities! So much unused potential to be released back into the world! (I think that same eye for potential sustained me as a kindergarten teacher for many years...)

My reuse habit started while growing up in recycling-conscious Oregon in the 70's, and was reinforced as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the 80's. I am constantly on the lookout for ways to decrease my consumption of new stuff, and to create things out of old stuff. Of course I'm also drawn to vintage items that are beautiful in their own right without altering.

Here in the Oakland/ San Francisco Bay Area there is a healthy reuse ethic and many places to salvage treasures. My friends also drop odd or broken "art parts" on my porch or even hand them to me at parties. Favorite question: Hmmm, what could I make with THIS??

Other than adhesives and paints, nearly everything I use is reclaimed. That includes the packaging, labels, and containers for shipping. Because of this, expect (and celebrate) the extra 'personality' and hidden stories that will arrive—no extra charge!— in your shipments from HandyGalStudios. :)

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