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SCRAP Denton hosts recycled work of art students at First Friday event

SCRAP Denton hosts recycled work of art students at First Friday event

April 07
02:28 2016

Nikki Lyssy | Staff Writer

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Jazzy guitar music gently strummed above friends swapping “hellos” and “oos-and-ahhs” over the variety of crafts and artwork displayed in local art supply shop SCRAP Denton as several gathered on April Fool’s Day not to prank each other, but to showcase talent.

First Friday is a collaboration between the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design and SCRAP. The two began working with one another to feature pieces of work done by students. The event began last year and this year’s coordinator, Camille Ritchie, is both a SCRAP intern and UNT alumnus.

“Hopefully these kids that come and experience SCRAP that see their art on display will realize how important recycling and reuse is,” Ritchie said. “Many of the things they can find at SCRAP are low-cost, which can really come in handy.”

Scrap Denton, a retail shop full of donated crafting scraps, hosted an event for Denton’s First Friday where they sold the new Denton coloring book as well as items made by UNT's Design II class on Friday, April 1, 2015. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

Scrap Denton, a retail shop full of donated crafting scraps, hosted an event for Denton’s First Friday where they sold the new Denton coloring book as well as items made by UNT’s Design II class. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

The event encompassed the community and served as the introduction to a new Denton-themed coloring book that was designed by SCRAP. Ritchie explained that several artists contributed to the creation of the coloring book, and that it’s process of design was highly-anticipated.

“SCRAP reached out to the community to send us submissions of people’s favorite spots in Denton, and they just had to draw it in black and white, scan it in and send it to us,” Ritchie said. “There’s about 25 [selections], and the coloring book is Denton-themed.”

To choose what art appeared for the gallery featuring the several pieces from CVAD in the show was a “process,” Ritchie said.

“The professors chose the top five finalists out of their class, and they sent them to us, and we basically got 25 pieces and loved them all, so we made room for all of them,” Ritchie said.

Lecturing design professor Deanna Ooley heard about SCRAP through her boss while looking for ways for her students to become involved in the community.

Scrap Denton, a retail shop full of donated crafting scraps, hosted an event for Denton’s First Friday where they sold the new Denton coloring book as well as items made by UNT's Design II class on Friday, April 1, 2015. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

The store is organized with small signs indicating what is in the general area. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

“[SCRAP] is a fantastic not-for-profit,” Ooley said. “And I thought, ‘We can make something happen so that the students are involved with their community and aware of resources to help them make art in the future.’”

Ooley spoke about what it felt like to have her students’ work featured at the event and highlighted how hard they had worked.

“I’m very proud of them. The work is exceptionally good. I can tell that they worked hard — their craftsmanship is very good and they used color,” Ooley said. “Most importantly, they used 75 percent recycled materials, a criteria for the project.”

Ooley explained that all of her students’ pieces have excellent qualities about them.

“All of them are totally different,” she said. “They have different contrasts in texture and scale, and some of them even make noise.”

Photography freshman Hudson Ingram had a camera bag featured in the show and explained how he became involved with SCRAP.

“In my Design II class, [our professor] made it a project requirement for us to get materials from SCRAP and make something with them, and from there I purchased a lot of my cloth materials and used those to help me build the camera bag.”

Making the green camera bag featured in the show was an emotional process, Ingram said.

“I referenced other camera bags [to help me make mine],” Ingram said. “It just looks like a regular bag, but it was made with a camera in mind. The time it took me [to make it] was somewhere between 50-70 hours.”

9.First Friday event-goers color in the Denton coloring book on Friday, April 1, 2015. Scrap Denton hosts craft events and classes for people of all ages. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

First Friday event-goers color in the Denton coloring books. Scrap Denton hosts craft events and classes for people of all ages. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

She was also frank when explaining the overriding emotion of producing the project, explaining her frustration when going through prototypes. Nevertheless, the sewing involved in the camera bag’s creation was a soothing process.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Ingram said on how it feels to have a piece that the entire community will see. “I’m honestly really happy that they would pick me for my art that I’ve created, and just to have it there makes me feel really honored.” 

Ritchie said the event played a large role in furthering the community ideals of Denton.

“It’s really fun reaching out to people in Denton — finding musicians that are willing to play on a volunteer basis and donating their time to the community,” Ritchie said. “The community is coming out to see what students are doing surrounding school and art. The coloring book represents artists in Denton that aren’t necessarily going to school. It’s really cool to see a collaboration of artists, musicians and people come together.”

Featured Image: Scrap Denton, a retail shop full of donated crafting scraps, hosted an event for Denton’s First Friday where they sold the new Denton coloring book as well as items made by UNT’s Design II class. Paulina De Alva | Staff Photographer

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