It is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging reuse in our community, providing affordable materials to artists and teachers and all creative minds in the area.
I learned about creative reuse centers over a decade ago, and they really sparked something in me,
because I’d always been a creative reuse artist,
but I didn’t know there was a name for it really and there was a community for it.
When I was a lot younger, one of the first inspirations I had was someone was throwing away this baking tin.
And I was like, don’t throw that away, I could do something with that.
I didn’t know what, but we drilled a hole in the middle and turned it into a clock.
I called it my cupcake clock.
I like to do a lot of CD mosaics.
I did a series of all the local colleges that people seem to really like,
and it’s on an old like pantry door that got discarded.
And I also make tiny little earrings out of paper like maps, music paper, old books, things like that.
We are just outside of Leesburg, Virginia which is kind of the keystone of Loudoun County.
And it is a wonderful community that embraces arts and small businesses.
Donations come in very willingly, all kinds of things, fabrics, sewing nations, paper, office supplies,
lots of creative things that kids like to use like pompoms and buttons and pipe cleaners.
All kinds of materials that might otherwise go to the waste, we take in and we try to find a new home for them.
Our center attracts a wide range of people, ages and coming for all types of reasons.
Alright Sonya, so what have you made today?
I made a house like with flowers and apples and cookies.
Is that where the house would go?
Yes, but it is a little big.