At the third ZL harvest of the season the ZL Gallery was at its best. The diversity of projects was truly impressive. Jan, a Lakewood art teacher, made all of the pieces on this display board ( AND the board itself) from ZL materials. In addition to the pouches and the book, the small purple and green object on the left is a wrist cuff. I believe the item directly below it is a belt.
ZL receives quite a few decorative trim samples. When checking them in, I'm always drawn to the bright colors, beads and fringe, Although I am enamored with this eye candy, I've never taken any home with me. What would I do with it? What can anyone do with 50 different two inch samples of fringe--all featuring dramatically different colors?
Jan used samples of fringe and upholstery trim to make the accessories displayed on this board (pictured below). They are decorative belts meant to be worn while belly dancing. When I asked, Jan said that these belts would cost $100 if she bought them, but she is able to make them for free with ZL materials, a needle and thread.
The most adorable object in the ZL Gallery this season was this little turtle made by Nikki, an art teacher who will begin a new teaching adventure in Columbus this fall. Not only did Nikki use ZL upholstery fabric for the outside of this project, it is stuffed with ZL scraps as well. Here she is with her creation.
This little guy is both sweet AND functional as a pin cushion. Just lift his shell to reveal the pins.
The ZL Lab was a busy place at yesterday's harvest. Throughout the majority of our shift Laura had a steady stream of harvesters interested in watching her demonstrate different ways to use ZL materials.
At one point I looked over and she had such a large crowd I thought she was putting on a magic show. When I asked her about it, she said people were most interested in seeing how different tile and laminate materials could be used for printmaking. As you can see here, these ZL Lab samples were used in several demonstrations this season.
Since yesterday was exclusively a harvest (pollination is over for the season) the rest of the volunteers and I spent the better part of the afternoon tidying up and working with the carpet samples. Most of the carpet samples donated to ZL arrive in cardboard books. The carpet that is not picked up by harvesters at the end of the final harvest on the 24th will need to be recycled. The carboard books will be recycled too, but cardboard is recycled by one company while carpet is recycled somewhere else. So, armed with pliers, several volunteers and I spent half the afternoon separating the carpet from the cardboard. Here are three smiling volunteers making a dent in the towers of cardboard carpet books.
If you have any need for small pieces of carpet, stop by the final ZL harvest of the season this Friday from 12-3 and help yourself. If you are a pet lover of the feline persuasion (yes, pun intended) you can definitely find enough carpet samples to make a spectacular cat castle . Or find some small colorful samples with a rubber backing and take home a ready-made set of coasters. These are waiting for anyone who wants them:
Once again, the FINAL harvest of the season is Friday August 24th from 12-3. Since that is my first day of school I will not see you there, but if you go I would love to hear about your experience.