Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Let's Keep the Dream Alive.....

Show some love and vote for Foundry under the category 
"Hunting and Gathering", then "Gift Shops".  

Thank you!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Refinery of Katie Chen and Dawn Lustig

In July and August we are hosting the work of Katie Chen and Dawn Lustig.  Both ladies create amazing work out of everyday items- the ultimate in upcycling!

Katie uses tiny magazine clippings to create undulating abstract work.  All pieces are on recycled boards like cabinet doors, cigar boxes, etc.  They are just magical in person!

"Sarcoidosis", magazine clippings on wood

Detail of "Sarcoidosis"

Detail of "Blue"


"Small #2"

Detail of "Negro Verde"

And if you're not sure what to do with those plastic grocery bags...well do you know how to knit?
Dawn Lustig creates one-of-a-kind knit bags out of locally-spun yarn and strips of plastic bags.  Closures are made from pottery pieces, rocks, or recycled paper beads.

Yarn and plastic grocery bags knitted together.  Dyed agate closure.

Dawn is also making bracelets and necklaces with stones, wire and recycled paper beads from Bead for Life.

So come by Foundry soon to see these exciting pieces, created by two wonderfully talented women!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Day, 2011

THANK YOU everyone who came out on May 1st for the Big Love Fest!  We met tons of people, and had a really good response, which was great because this is the first time we've taken everything "on the road".  We'd love to do it again next year, so thanks Asheville Grown for organizing, and Lisa Martinez for taking the photos!

Almost finished setting up, and I actually don't think we forgot to bring anything.  Oh yeah- that's because we practically brought EVERYTHING in the store. 
We also had Sarah Keister of Love and Light Organics come do sugar scrubs for people.
She is in the back left setting up. board bird houses, tea cup plants, wine bottle bows.  

Knitted bags, jewelry cards, upholstery bags, and a very cute bear made from sweaters!!

Inner tube messenger bag, tree-free notebooks, thermos lamps, and everyone's favorite...
poo poo paper!

And yes, we even lugged in some of our craft books.  Jesse Lee's copper wall hangings
are along the back wall.  

The cards were a big hit at the festival, and of course who can resist the bicycle chain bottle openers?

Thanks Asheville!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Birth of an Owl

Our paper birds were a big hit, so we made an owl on request, and here are the photos.  Enjoy!

He has a paper body that is wrapped with masking tape to give it shape.  
Masking tape was actually a great material for sculpting that signature owl brow. 

The eyes had to come first so it would really have some personality. 

The papers used to cover him were from The Laurel of Asheville, a Crate and Barrel catalog,
and various other craft magazines. 

Here he is on his perch (in progress) and with some tail feathers. 

The tail feathers were made out of magazine paper strips, along with plastic grocery bag pieces.
The bag pieces actually have a nice, transparent, wispy look. 

Finished!  His perch is covered with plastic bag pieces and painted.  
And I'd also like to give a shout out to Mod Podge!