enviro arts programs

Working with the community with the overall intention of conserving our natural resources, keeping things from landfill and reducing our collective carbon footprint, BOSS events, workshops, and the celebratory World Environment Day Festival showcase creative and practical ways to respectfully enjoy our Earth.

Enviro Arts Creative Workshop Programs focus on using natural resources and those items which may normally make their way to landfill. They support our aim of finding new homes and uses for old and / or damaged items through our growing Recycling Register
As well as building community cultural capacity through the development of opportunities for our local artists and creative skills for the community, workshops produce an increased awareness of how to creatively upcycle and reuse common objects. 
Some past workshop examples of using and upcycling items include:
  • jewellery created from discarded salad servers, postage stamps, bottle tops, aluminium offcuts, credit cards, old fabric and lace
  • new mosaic platters from old and broken or unloved plates
  • batik tools created from paper towel rolls, potato mashers, nails
  • revamping old clothes with fabric dye and batik
  • leadlight garden stepping stones using old window glass and concrete
  • garden ornaments and household items from old steaming baskets and CDs
  • artwork from stencilled records
  • guitar picks from plastic store cards
  • no sew tote bags created from old tshirts
  • junk orchestra instruments from rubber thongs, bins, pipes, coke bottles, ironing boards, bottle tops etc
  • festival decorations from aluminium and metal cans and bottles
Creative skills shared include:
  • jewellery making using jewellers tools and heat guns
  • mosaic skills and techniques
  • glass cutting skills and techniques
  • basket weaving and sculpture with natural fibres
  • felting, fabric dyeing and batik techniques 
  • making music from improvised instruments
Plans for future workshops include creating:
  • coffee tables from cable spools
  • stringed musical instruments from biscuit tins
  • spoon rings from silver cutlery
  • decorations from plastic bottles
  • more rugs and bags crocheted and woven from old T-shirts and fabric
See this post for information on the great program we ran in 2012. and check back soon to see the next program we're running in 2016, kindly funded by the Scenic Rim Regional Council's Environment Grant Program.