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“Pleased to Meet You” : The Art of the MFTA Staff

If you’ve visited Materials for the Arts before, you’re aware of the treasures lurking in our warehouse, and you know about our educational programs spreading the word about creative reuse. You have heard about or even attended the Third Thursday open … Continue reading

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A reuse Van Gogh

Hannah from wonderful MFTA volunteer group New York Cares shared this photo of a reuse version of Van Gogh’s famous The Starry Night. Here are Hannah’s words explaining how the famous post-impressionist painting became a reuse mural: We started by … Continue reading

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MAKE IT! Learn how in P credit courses this July

We are thrilled to offer three week-long courses for P credit this July. These courses are designed for teachers and teach techniques for incorporating art projects into classroom teaching, with a particular focus on the Common Core Standards. Participants will … Continue reading

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Featured Donor: Martha Stewart Crafts Dept

Just yesterday, Laura Kaesshaefer from the Crafts Dept at Martha Stewart wrote about Materials for the Arts  on their blog! They have donated to us for years and we pick up boxes of craft items, art supplies and paints from their craft room … Continue reading

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Upcycled Jewelry

Following up on our previous post on Upcycled Fashion and tutorials for easy reuse clothing ideas, we’re featuring a designer who makes upcycled jewelry. Sherri Hobb and her daughter Michelle writes instructions for 20 fabulous reuse jewelry designs. Here’s a sneak peek of her … Continue reading

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Upcycling Fashion

Here are some upcycling ideas to transform your wardrobe.  You should aways try to re-purpose an item of clothing instead of recycling it or throwing it out. If you absolutely can’t wear it anymore, then how about cutting it up and making a project out of … Continue reading

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Decorate Your Home for Easter

One of our regular donors, David Stark (of David Stark Design and Production) shares his ideas to decorate eco-friendly on CasaSugar. Incorporate reuse materials into your springtime decor and share your pictures and projects with us 🙂

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Upcycling with Wine Corks

Has anyone seen the Anthropologie window displays at Rockefeller Center? It’s a beautiful display created entirely of wine corks. I found some photos of a different location we can admire since there were no good pictures of the NY store.  They … Continue reading

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A woman in California opens a creative reuse facility similar to MFTA

We found a great post this morning about a women supporting and actively exercising  MFTA’s mission. Lisa Hernandez from Long Beach, California was inspired by SCRAP, a non-profit reuse facility similar to Materials for the Arts left her job to … Continue reading

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DIY organizers

With all these snow storms these days, everyone should stay home with a cup of hot chocolate and work on these simple craft projects… all about different ways to organize: Upcycle all the chocolate boxes you’ll receive for Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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