Meet the Founder
Hello friends. My name is Ruth Warren. I am a reuse artist, inspired first during childhood by my ever resourceful parents to live a thrifty lifestyle and “make do” with materials at hand. Today, I am inspired by the wonders of nature where consistent cycles of reuse and renewal sustain the lives of plants, animals and man. I echo these lessons of reuse and reclamation in my art, creating mixed media pieces inspired by nature using a wide variety of salvaged materials. Find out more about my work at ruthwarrenart.com.
My biggest creative project to date is the development of the ReWorked Creations Art Center.
This interactive reuse art center will be located at 1227 12th St. W in the Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida. The Village of the Arts is a live/work community where artists, musicians, healing art practitioners, bakers, restaurant owners and other creatives are revitalizing an old Florida neighborhood that dates back to the early 1900s.
The ReWorked Creations Art Center will house my own working art studio, gallery rooms to showcase reuse art, an Artist Marketplace space for gift items and curated reclaimed creative supplies, and an interactive activity room for classes, parties and a self-guided Make and Take program. Outside, the property will feature a succulent garden, outdoor art installations, “rest and relax” areas with seating, and dedicated parking spaces. The center will be handicap accessible, and will also maintain a lending closet with mobility aids for visitors with mobility challenges to borrow if needed for a walking tour through the Village.
My husband and I recently purchased a 1925 bungalow that we are rehabbing to use as the art center. Renovations will take several months, and we hope to open in the 2nd quarter of 2017.
What is Reuse Art?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines reuse as:
to use again, especially in a different way or after reclaiming or reprocessing
This simple definition is the essence of reuse art. Creative reuse is the art of taking objects and and materials and reworking them in a different way. Reuse artists reclaim materials that have been discarded or thrown away. They reimagine, rework, and recreate with existing resources that might otherwise end up in landfills.
Reuse art is not a new concept. Scrap quilters, to name just one example, have been creating works of art with discarded fabric for over 100 years. But as environmental concerns around the world increase from uncontrolled consumption and solid waste, reuse artists are creating more and more awareness of the dangers of living in an overly consumptive society. Reuse artists choose to reuse…