Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day = Craft Day with Boston Handmade

Next Monday is Earth Day and Boston Handmade has been planning a celebration of community, art, and the earth. In light of our recent local tragedy we considered canceling or postponing this event and then decided to keep our plans as scheduled in an effort to unify our community. When discussing our potential cancellation with local artist Carol Johnson, who is planning an art activity for Monday's event, she said, "I feel even stronger about providing a creative arts experience for people, children and adults alike. I would like to help with healing." We would like that too.

We hope you can join us in Jamaica Plain at the JP Branch Library (12 Sedgwick Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130) on Monday, April 22nd from 10am-4pm for an art and craft upcycling extravaganza, as we make art together from recyclables. Transform egg cartons, old magazines, shoeboxes, water bottles and more, into musical instruments, toys, and art. Activities will be led by members of Boston Handmade and local Jamaica Plain artists. This is an all-ages event, free and open to the public.

Boston Handmade is a group of Massachusetts artists, artisans, and craftspeople who embrace the concept of Earth Day every day. As independent creative business people the members of Boston Handmade produce and sell art and craft locally, each working from a small studio which reduces our own the carbon footprint and those of our customers. Through our choice of materials, methods, and the mindset we keep, “reduce, reuse, recycle” means more to us than a slogan on a blue box. Conserving resources is something each one of us keeps in the forefront of our minds, and harnessing the power of our own hands propels us.

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