Many Thanks to all who stopped by the Building REsources booth at the recent and most awesome West Coast Craft Fair!
Thanks to Angel for working the table and holding the raffle drawing for RED SHOVEL Glass! The winners of the RAFFLE are:
Saturday: Kelli R.
Sunday: Barb Fujimoto.
Congratulations! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for supporting Building REsources and the Reclaimed Room!
The LIVING Show opens tomorrow night!!
Style & Sustainability with Samuel Fleming Lewis & Tony Hurd
701 Amador Street, SF 94124
Opening Reception: Nov 14th, 5-8pm, FREE
On display: Nov 14th – Jan 14th
Get to know our artists better by checking out their profile videos and meet them in person Thursday night at our opening reception. This show transforms our space into our most ambitious display to date.
Samuel Fleming Lewis
Samuel Fleming Lewis is part of the design team at InStudio located on the port of San Francisco. He will be exhibiting some of his more personal works as part of the Reclaimed Room’s next installation, The LIVING Show-Style & Sustainability. Lewis reconfigures remnants of his past into artwork for the future. He demonstrates incredible style and engages deeply with sustainable art practices, recycling broken mirrors, repurposing old media like Ebony and Interview magazines, and finding new life for leftover work products like furniture and architecture hand drawings and photographs remade into lanterns, mirrors and other unique designs. Delve further into his process and personality by viewing our latest artist profile video.
Tony Hurd is a master builder. His extraordinary talents explore reuse in dynamic and intuitive ways. This exhibit brings forth his innovative living pod solutions, fanciful beehives and metal art that reflects serenity and family in vivacious ways. Prepare for some surprises, too. Hurd is a tornado of a artist and often whipping things together in his mind, body and soul. He also invites you to physically engage with his work, sit, sand, relax and unwind within the pieces to truly appreciate this artist’s works. See Hurd in action and some of the pieces that could not possibly fit in our venue in his artist profile video.
Mark your calendars for our new show opening November 14th! Please join us to celebrate The LIVING Show, style and sustainability with artists Samuel Fleming Lewis and Tony Hurd. Retro, recycled paper designs, full moon mirrors, living pods, yoga art and other fascinating original work that pushes the creative potential of reuse to a whole other level making the places we live, love, work and play renewed and re-imagined with the stuff of our past.
Join us from 5-8pm on Thursday November 14th! Meet the artists and take in our latest transformation! This event is FREE. Wine, beer, snacks are also provided. Receptions at the Reclaimed Room are a fantastic opportunity to meet the team at Building REsources, the community growing around this unique exhibition space as well as get an intimate view of the reused materials yard during non-business hours at Building REsources.
And, a huge congratulations to Reddy Lieb, FUSIONS artist currently on display, who just sold her entire demolition series! Stop by during regular business hours and check it out before it is gone. FUSIONS features works by Roland Blandy and Reddy Lieb and will be on display until Nov 4th.
Save SF recycling centers!!
Recycling centers across SF are being forced to close at a rapid rate this year. Please sign this petition to stop this war on the poor and gentrification effort that is in direct opposition to the bottle bill law (the most successful recycling law in the history of the California to date)
Many Building Resources regulars have been peeking into the new Reclaimed Room space to see what all the fuss is about. Broken glass, huge carts, strange and interesting sculptures and more are transforming the room into FUSIONS. FUSIONS features work by Reddy Lieb and Roland Blandy complemented by resident light artist Gregory Benke’s aerial spotlights. Show opens at 5pm tonight and the reception lasts until 8. We truly hope to see you there. The event is free and there will be snacks and drinks provided. The artists have worked hard to create and prepare this work for you and will be there in person this evening! 701 Amador Street, SF CA 94124.
Reclaimed Room for Environmental Arts opens a new show on September 12. Stop by from 5-8pm for refreshments and a celebration with Fusions artists Roland Blandy and Reddy Lieb in person. I spent time with each of them in their studios and workspaces to learn more about how they create their pieces and what inspires them. These profiles give you to opportunity to learn more about the deep relationship between the artist and his or her medium and the process that ensues to create this work. Both artists begin with the deconstruction process (sometimes just plain destruction) and revive their materials with new life. From glass works to funky creatures, repurposed furniture and animated driftwood, this show promises to engage the senses and mind.
VIDEO: ROLAND BLANDY
VIDEO: REDDY LIEB
Building REsources has a unique blend of practical, strange and innovative offerings. In the coming months, we will be working to help better demarcate the regular sections in the yard, highlight unique finds and educate the greater public about the amazing potential that resides in the concept of reuse. Most of the regulars know what kind of gems one can stumble upon here but even the regulars have grandiose tales to tell of reclaimed materials they found no where else but BR. Join this mini-revolution on the industrial shores of San Francisco’s bay, we are open every day from 9:00-4:30pm. As a nonprofit organization, Building REsources partly operates through a generous grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Here is a breakdown of what we offer the community.
marble and tile
sinks, baths, and toilets
doors, doors, doors
tumbled glass: various colors
Tumbled glass is made with reclaimed wine bottles that are put through a special process that mimics the ocean’s effect on glass over time.
Part of the BR warehouse has been re-imagined as an exhibition space for environmental arts, crafts and media. This initiative programs shows every two months and creates opportunities for learning, teaching, engaging and collaborating in the physical space and online.
Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal to ReclaimedRoom@gmail.com. Our next reception is slated for September 12, 2013 and features work by local artists Reddy Lieb and Roland Blandy as well as the awesome “Chaos Theory” centerpiece by resident light artist, Gregory Randolph Benke. Save the Date!
Old wooden pulley
Marble and Tile
Sinks and Bath
Wires and Cables
Traffic Light Lenses
Doors, doors, doors
Lots of crazy cool things come in and out of the yard at Building REsources. Part of our mission with this blog is to inform you about the newest, most interesting and/or most abundant reclaimed materials we have. Today’s finds include a good looking honey extractor and a retro Speed Queen washing machine. Come by and check it out!!
Honey Extractor for sale
Interior Honey Extractor
Speed Queen dials
Retro Speed Queen Washer
Speed Queen wringer/hose
Matt Levesque, program manager of Building REsources, took a dozen young aspiring community leaders from Indonesia on a tour of the Building REsources facility to help inspire them for community projects at home. The group was a media saavy bunch with smart phones and cameras to document the whole thing. Legacy International is a nonprofit organization that generates citizen participation worldwide. To learn more about their program please visit www.globalyouthvillage.org
Touching Tumbled Glass
Legacy International tours Building Resources
Matt introduces the tumbled glass machine
Matt reaches in Mixer
Matts pulls out froth from wine bottles
Youth Leaders document the process
Notes on the Process
In the Warehouse
Styrofoam Koi Pond
Tour group looks at reclaimed wood
Youth Leaders take it all in
Victorian fireplace facades
Youth Leaders listen to Matt
Congrats Roland on the recent sale of your table saw. There are two more beautiful tables like this still available!
Come check us out!
701 Amador Street, SF, 94124