USPS is in trouble! Here’s something to do with your outmoded envelopes

MFTA educators show our recipients how to create books from envelopes in the warehouse

The US Postal Service’s most recent quarterly report says it expects a “substantial cash shortfall on September 30, 2011.”  While we hope USPS doesn’t fold (they showcase to creative reuse in their own way) we have a use for all those envelopes you wouldn’t be able to mail.

If you’ve been to MFTA recently you may have seen our Reuse Art Booth on the warehouse floor. The booth was set up for the back to school season and showed our recipients what they could do with the boxes of black envelopes we have in the warehouse. The project works for envelopes of all colors and is a great creative reuse of a material that has been largely replaced

We’re trying to bring more art-making into the warehouse experience; some of you may have participated in Flux Factory artist Tom Watson’s sweet installation earlier this year. If you have ideas for an art project using materials from the warehouse, contact John Kaiser at jkaiser@mfta.nyc.gov. In the meantime, check out some books made with MFTA materials.

A book made from envelopes (Image: Barbara Korein)

Teachers can learn these techniques and more during MFTA’s upcoming P credit class, “Creative Infusion: The Art of Reuse.” During the classes’ seven sessions, teacher develop art-integrated lesson plans that engage students in learning and incorporate the Common Core Standards.

A book made from envelopes by a teacher during our P credit course, "Creative Infusion" (Image: Barbara Korein)

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One Response to USPS is in trouble! Here’s something to do with your outmoded envelopes

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