A “Steampunk Christmas”!
Environmental Public Art Installation – 2012 Reduction Project
Handmade by Karen Yaremkewich
Endure Upcycled Designs
Breathing new life into cast off materials!
Better than recycling… It’s Upcycling!
Created from 100% upcycled materials!
The base of the piece and the three-sided pyramid structure in the shape of a tree, was created from repurposed election signage donated by Phil Audet.
The tree was decorated with reclaimed construction waste from Squamish Rebuild including: Door Knobs; Light Fixtures; Electrical Outlets; Plumbing Pipe; Ceiling Fan Brackets; Door Hinges; Shower Nozzles; Wooden Ballusters; Curtain Rod Brackets; Drawer Pulls; Copper Heating Coil; Hose Bib Shut off Valves; Light Switches (all turned in the off position) Soap Dish; Plumbing Fittings; Metal Hose Brackets; Steel Straping; Screws; Bolts; Washers; Copper Wire; Wire Mesh Screens from Air Filters; Closet Door Handles; Kitchen Sink Tap with Retractable Spray Nozzle; Air Vent Covers and a Door Bell.
Squamish Rebuild is a non-profit organization that sells quality used building supplies at 50-80% off retail, diverts reusable construction ‘waste’ from the landfill, and directs net profits to local community groups, located at 40350A Government Road in Squamish.
Squamish Rebuild – Artist in Residence
Squamish Rebuild is a non-profit organization that sells quality used building supplies at 50-80% off retail, diverts reusable construction ‘waste’ from the landfill, and directs net profits to local community groups.
Local artist Karen Yaremkewich creates contemporary one-of-a-kind, handmade wearable art, eco-friendly home décor and mixed media wall art. She breathes new life into locally sourced reclaimed waste and thrift shop finds.
On the First Anniversary of the store’s opening, Squamish Rebuild Founder and Executive Director, Inis LeBlanc wanted to increase awareness about Upcycling, and in turn work further to reduce the community’s environmental footprint by hosting an artist on site. Upcycling is a term that means to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original.
As the Artist-in Residence, Yaremkewich has been invited to explore her artwork in the Squamish Rebuild workshop located on site. This opportunity will allow her to create away from her home studio, use new materials and interact with staff and visitors all while advocating her love of upcycling, shopping local and handmade.
Yaremkewich will be at Squamish Rebuild every week on Thursdays working on a host of upcycled projects – currently a large batch of mosaic framed mirrors. Completed pieces will be available for purchase at Squamish Rebuild on their new Upcycled Feature Wall. Check it out!
Squamish Rebuild is OPEN: Wednesday – Sundays, 9am to 5pm. Inventory pics and more info at: http://www.squamishrebuild.ca/
Textile artist Karen Yaremkewich creates contemporary one-of-a-kind, handmade wearable art and eco-friendly home decor. She breathes new life into locally sourced reclaimed fabric waste and thriftshop finds.
Born and raised in Squamish, British Columbia on the beautiful West Coast of Canada, Karen comes from generations of makers; and daughter of the late Hedi Knudsen who was a well known local textile artist, weaver, spinner and knitter. Both Karen’s grandmothers were dressmakers and seamstresses who raised their families in the thirties and forties in Europe. Upcycling wasn’t a coined term then, but it would describe exactly what they did as their way of life. Old things were taken apart and made into something new again.