So excited to be working with the Ft Greene Park Conservancy to transform the broken glass found at our local park. More details on all our awesome community projects below!
My practice blends community, crafting and environmental awareness in work ranging from collaborative and interactive installations to intimate objects and upcycled public art events. My career has gained local resonance and international attention, through organizing engaging events, teaching workshops and exhibiting designed objects of waste.
My mission is to team up with conservation and art organizations to clean up and reconsider trash and debris from green spaces. These discarded then collected materials return to the studio and are catalyzed into gorgeous installations and interactive recraft events.
Since 2014, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and I have been pairing volunteer glass cleanups with community glass workshops. This project fits perfectly in the arc of our collaboration and will help us continue engagingto engage the neighborhood through its broken glass and raise awareness of the value of our park and our trash.
Our partnership was unveiled at the 2nd annual tree lighting ceremony organized by FGPC and the Myrtle Ave Revitalization Project. Reflecting the clean up efforts of the past six months, broken pieces of park glass were re-melted and blown into a sparkling ornament, adding a bright symbol of reuse to the sounds of caroling.
In the winter of 2015, I was invited to hold an interactive glass event at UrbanGlass Open Studio. This event offered a platform to share with the neighborhood, our collaborative efforts to clean up the park and listen to amazing stories and admiration for Fort Greene Park and other green spaces. The studios of UrbanGlass offered a perfect neighborhood setting to introduce the plans for the project and invite visitors to paint their own contributions to the final artwork
This summer FGPC and Iwe lead two community glass workshops, designed to engage the local community through fun and simple hands-on arts activities that help keep our park clean. The first event followed the popular FGPCFt Greene Park Summer Kids Concerts Series, offering many excited little park lovers the chance to make their own trash mosaics. Using the broken glass from the park, and guiding groups through simple steps, I was able to share and learn with my neighbors.
We are currently working on an artist led, community generated, mosaic artwork made from broken glass collected in Fort Greene Park. Transforming trash into inspiring public art through community activation.
This stunning mosaic will be a stunning addition to Fort Greene Park for the public to enjoy. This project is one part of a larger series of community glass engagement at the park. By focusing on neighborhood-driven conservation efforts, waste management and the arts it will affect our collective long term values.
In the short term, this project has lead to numerous interactions with the community as they sketch a memory or observations. From family picnics to portraits of Walt Whitman, the mosaic will offer an intimate look at the parks history, and current importance to our community.