My friend Stephanie Girard is an artist and crafter with repurpose. I got to know Stephanie many years ago when she was a producer on a popular HTGV craft show, and I have always admired her creative energy and spirit. A few months ago, when the pandemic began, she created an outdoor gallery on her front yard fence and asked artists to show their work. Her outdoor community gallery has connected neighbors and friends during a time of social distancing and isolation. It is a way for artists to showcase their work since art galleries are closed until further notice.
She was inspired to create an art vending machine inspired by the ArtoMat, an art vending machine that repurposed old cigarette vending machines. It is now on the corner of her home in Burbank, ready to dispense works of art for just five dollars apiece.
Crafting With a Purpose
Stephanie has successfully connected artists, makers, and art lovers in her community with two unique projects that have brought back a sense of meaningful purpose in a time of isolation. The world needs more people like Stephanie to spread art and joy! If you are interested in making art for her project, visit Stephanie's blog for inspiration and more information.
Check out ArtoMat.org to see the original art vending machine that inspired Stephanie's project.
The Crafting Club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your creative skills, and share your passion for creativity in a fun and supportive virtual environment.
Karen Parsons is an artist who loves to craft. Her years of experience as an author, designer, and instructor in the art and craft materials industry has allowed her to discover and share unique experiences in creativity.
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