Category: ARTivism Fundraisers

You’re Invited…

Hello everyone! 
We’d like to take this opportunity to formally invite you to the opening event of our latest Chimes for Change project in collaboration with Tortoise Industries and the students of Larchment High Charter School! 

Join us for this very special evening of audio-visual artwork, student presentations, and ARTivism hosted by our friends at ArtShareL.A! 

  • Explore the large, metal tree sculpture displaying wind chimes made from found and recycled objects!
  • Participate in a “silent listening party” of student-made electronic music!
  • Discover sustainability facts and figures collected by student-assembled sensors!
  • Mingle with artist mentors and meet the students behind the chimes!
  • Gather with us as we “chime in” about how art can transform our community!

We’d like to extend a thank you to Larchmont Charter School for hosting our program and Tortoise Industries for donating fabricaiton of our interactive tree sculpture, designed by James Peterson! A special thanks to LUSH Charity Pot for making the iPads used in this program possible. And thank you to all our wonderful art mentors, volunteers and students who worked so hard to make this project come to life. 

P.S Make sure to bring headphones and a smart phone so you can participate in the silent listening party – each chime is accompanied by a QR code that will lead you to a song and statement by each student artist!

RSVP soon to reserve your tickets! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chimes-for-change-opening-reception-tickets-33795666749 

Two Birds, One Stone: Holiday Shopping That Supports RuckusRoots!

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At RuckusRoots, we love making things; there’s no better time of year to get cozy around a craft table! We’ve been making beautiful jewelry repurposed from donated goods, and we’ll be selling it this Saturday at the Silverlake Craft Fair. These mini fundraisers are what help sustain us throughout the year. Please come see us at theSilverlake Craft Fair from 10am-4pm at 1511 Micheltorena St. LA, CA 90026 December 13th.  We’re sure you’ll find some great gifts!

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Gratitude Workshop: Thanksgiving Weekend

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We are so excited about this upcoming event. In our effort to hold several mini-fundraisers this holiday season, we have joined forces with an amazing artist of movement and healing, Kristen Huffman. One of our interactive art pieces will be present, and will allow for participants to share a moment of gratitude at the end of the experience. There will also be live ambient jazz music, performed by another local artist. Come bask in healing frequencies and prepare for your best holiday season ever!

Sessilanoid by James Peterson Accepted into Art Basel: Help Him Get it There!

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James Peterson is an LA based artist whose latest interactive art piece, Sessilanoid, was accepted into Art Basel, one of the world’s premier art shows. James also happens to be a RuckusRoots collaborator; he’s worked with us on many projects, big and small. This opportunity is one of the biggest in his artistic career and we’re so thrilled for him to embrace it.

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James needs our help getting Sessilanoid to Art Basel in Switzerland, so please consider donating to his Indigogo campaign! You will be rewarded with cool, custom t-shirts, posters and 3D models of the piece…how rad is that? Read on for a look into a recent conversation I had with James about how and why he makes such awesome art.

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“I want people to have a respite of intrigue and joy, to tap into their inner child, that sweet naïve place where it’s okay to be in awe and just enjoy something,” James says. That’s a pretty noble goal in this hyper-stressed world in which we live, you must admit. And I especially admire another aspect of James’ artistic mission: to convey an environmental message by letting the beauty and ingenuity of the piece provide a natural bridge into discussion and education. “I like to create situations where strangers meet and things are naturally intuitive. The core of everything is enjoyment and conversation between the people interacting with it. It gives me the opportunity to share what inspires me without forcing it down their throat. I think if you make something beautiful and compelling, people naturally want to ask questions about why you did it,” he says.

Watch Sessilanoid in action below, and hear James talk about the environmental issue he hopes to bring to light with this piece. And please consider helping James raise funds to transport his piece to Art Basal on his Indigogo page.

Sessilanoid: A Sum of all Parts – Interactive Sculpture from James Peterson on Vimeo.

Thanks to Todd Sali for the images.



What Does It All Mean? Thoughts After Trashion Show

Photo by Dan Krauss (www.dankraussphoto.com)

The fact of the matter is, we all love to have a good time, and we (mostly) all hope to do some good in the world while we’re here.

On June 16th, RuckusRoots succeeded in throwing an event that achieved both of those things, a party with a purpose, if you will. TRASHion Show, a fundraiser and fashion show featuring clothing made from creatively recycled materials, took place at Wild Honey Studios in downtown Los Angeles benefitting RuckusRoots’ award-winning  program, TRASHformation.

Through TRASHion Show (and programs like TRASHformation), we wanted to get people thinking critically about trash. The purpose of the event was to expose our audience to some of the many creative and functional uses for garbage, to raise their awareness of the vibrant sustainable arts community LA is home to, and to inspire them to apply some of what they experienced at the event to their own lives. (Oh, and to have a good time while we were at it: check and check.) The event also helped us raise some seed funding, which we will use to bring one of our core programs, TRASHformation, to teens and young adults in East LA.

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Photo by Dan Krauss: dankraussphoto.com

It’s important to note that TRASHformation, and TRASHion for that matter, are not just about people playing with garbage (although it is fun!): we are trying to initiate a paradigm shift in how we define garbage, use resources and therefore, how we impact the world. What we throw away is only garbage if we THINK it is. This kind of mental shift is what’s required if we’re going to begin to live sustainably as a society.

Arts education is in as much peril as our planet. I want to create programs that address and support both of these essential entities. My goal is to offer a sustainable arts program to young people in my community as a supplement to what they are most likely missing at school. Creative expression is vital, not only for sustainability (let’s face it: coming up with solutions to save our planet will take creative problem solving, collaboration and ingenuity, all of which our programs teach), but also for the world as a whole.

RuckusRoots is about grassroots action for change: that’s what we hope TRASHion Show and our programs demonstrate. It’s important to note that everything RuckusRoots has achieved and is striving towards is made possible through collaboration with the large community of artists and activists we call friends. I’m honored and humbled to be involved with such a great group of people.

For more inspiration, check out a full gallery of images from TRASHion show, and let us know what you think!

 

TRASHion Show: A Success

The fact of the matter is, we all love to have a good time, and we (mostly) all hope to do some good in the world while we’re here.

On June 16th, RuckusRoots succeeded in throwing an event that achieved both of those things, a party with a purpose, if you will. TRASHion Show, a fundraiser and fashion show featured clothing made from creatively recycled materials, took place at Wild Honey Studios in downtown Los Angeles benefitting RuckusRoots’ award-winning  program, TRASHformation.

With over 10 designers showing around 50 looks, the runway was filled with pieces that were not only beautiful, but also inspired onlookers to think about how trash can be turned into treasure. I was amazed by the creativity of the designs featured in the show. For example, the top image is of an outfit created from leather that was taken from a couch found in a dumpster. The second image is of a dress made from trash found on the beach. The third is a piece made out of old CD inserts and recycled paper  and the fourth dress was created out of an old WWII parachute!

The designers behind these awesome TRASHformations were Susan Spehar of Paper Botanicals, Marina DeBris of Washed Up, Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV, Vanessa Bonet of Psycho Girlfriend, Jamia Weir of Art Girlsy, Kate Havens of Ant Farm LA, Robin Banks of Art Customs, Victor Wilde of The Bohemian Society.

My inspiration for throwing this event was not only to raise money for RuckusRoots’ programs, but also to remind people that what we throw away is only garbage if we think it is. I believe that this kind of mental shift is required if we’re going to begin to live sustainably as a society—I want to initiate a paradigm shift in how we think about and use our dwindling resources.

Thankfully, sponsors like Elemental LED, Flying Dog Brewery and KORK Kitchen LA make achieving that goal a little easier. And a very special thanks to our musical talent Michal Menert of Pretty Lights Music, Ryan Nelli and Erinn Bone.

I’ll be sure to post a link to the video once we have it edited—until then you can see even more pictures of TRASHion show on the RuckusRoots Facebook page!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in TRASHion Show and to all those who helped make it such a special night for all!

 

Thanks to Dan Krauss for the images, featured designs by Art Customs, Marina Debris, Paper Botanicals and The Bohemian Society.

Designer Highlights: Kate Havens & Robin Banks of AntFarm LA

Kate Havens is a PhD candidate at USC, studying biokinesiology, or human movement. But when she’s not studying or teaching, you can find her crafting. Kate has always been interested in design and has created dozens of sewn, knitted, and crocheted items for family and friends. Blissfully married to Robin, she is an Art Customs supporter, baker and co-conspirator.

Robin Banks is an artist, inventor, product developer and founder of the arts collective AntFarm LA, and of Art Customs, a machining, fabrication and art house that provides collaborative production and concept development on projects large and small. Dream it, plan it, do it is Robin’s motto, and he does just that, while encouraging and inspiring others to do the same. Robin’s work as been featured in music videos, commercials and TV shows, as well as in music festivals like Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival and Lighting in a Bottle.

For instance, Robin made these custom SteamPunk Goggles, Eyeball Lathe, and Mouth Animator for the David Guetta and Niki Minaj Video “Turn Me On”, in 2011. Construction time was only 3 days.

Robin made this Working push-pull train car for Gardnier Fructus hair products commercial. This 200-pound, CNC-cut aluminum prop only took 4 days to complete. To see more of Robin’s portfolio and custom costume work, visit www.artcustoms.com.

Designer Highlights: Susan Spehar of Paper Botanicals

We couldn’t be more happy to have artist Susan Spehar on board for our upcoming TRASHion Show. Susan is one of the co-founders of Paper Botanicals, which creates custom, couture hand-made paper sculptures for events and personal home decorating.

Susan, who has been practicing art since her teenage years, specializes in large scale acrylic portraiture, pencil drawing and mixed media installations. Her work is featured in fellow designer Erinn Valencich’s Beverly Hills showroom Erinn V Maisons, and has been auctioned off at previous RuckusRoots fundraisers to support the cause. This is Susan’s first time creating wearable art through Paper Botanicals, but she is “excited and looking forward to the challenge of creating an outfit to highlight the importance of recycled materials and sustainable living.”

When they moved out, Susan’s children left behind a large collection of CD cases and their inserts. Instead of throwing them away, she decided to honor the importance music has played in her family by repurposing them into handmade paper fabric. The white flowers on the dress are also made from recycled paper and are leftover from Susan’s daughter Stephanie’s wedding.

Learn more at www.paperbotanicals.com.

Designer Highlights: Vanessa Bonet & Kasey McMahon of Psycho Girlfriend

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Inventive Psycho Girlfriend designs–constructed from unexpected materials like circuit boards and plastic sporks– will grace the RuckusRoots’ TRASHion runway!

Psycho Girlfriend is a wearable art collaboration effort by Vanessa Bonet and Kasey McMahon. The whimsical, highly detailed work is based on abstractions of fashion and sculpture on the human form. Both women are artists and fabricators with combined skills in welding, blacksmithing, foam and clay sculpture, casting, leathercraft and sewing. Together they create one-of-a-kind, sculptural creations that explore design by blending traditional and unconventional materials.

Based in Los Angeles and founded in 2004, their work has been shown in various galleries and has been widely featured in both online and print publications including Wired News, Elle Décor Italy, Los Angeles City Beat and boingboing.net.

Vanessa describes herself as a sculptor, who has a love for 3-dimensional art. The drive behind her art is her desire to make fun of all aspects of life, from the unimportant to the most serious, as well as the desire to make art that exposes people to the unfamiliar and pulls them out of their comfort zone.

Bonet began making wearable art in 2003. It all began with a hat. The mouse head hat (now paired with the spork dress) was her first piece, and after making it she realized that wearing one’s art is an amazing way to interact with people. The expressive nature and versatility of wearable art as a medium has continued to inspire her. In addition to dresses, she also makes giant puppets, and is in the process of creating a collection of giant toy puppets, inspired by old, vintage toys that she has acquired. Her favorite word is “noodle,” she likes cheese, and has a strange fascination with dolls.

Kasey McMahon is a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her work is driven by her own curiosity regarding our distinctly individual interactions with technology, the world and each other. She is fascinated by the elegant complexity that exists within and between the natural and technological realms: both intricate and untamed in their own ways. Influenced as much by hardware stores and the monsters underneath her bed as by haute couture and fine art, Kasey believes imagination is a superpower we all possess and encourages the occasional sidestepping of grownup life to recall a child’s eager fascination with the mundane.

The effect of Kasey’s work is humorous and frequently disarming, highlighting the chasms we often create between ourselves, our environments and our machines. Drawing attention to the reverberations created by manipulation of either nature or technology, her work often fuses the two together and imbues the resulting creations with a lighthearted otherworldliness.

A sneak peek at the looks you can expect from Psycho Girlfriend
 
Photos courtesy of Marianne Williams, Kevin Rolly and Daniel Bergeron