Coming Soon: Reduced, Reused, and Recycled Craft Optimism

On April 24, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee will present Craft Optimism, a climate-conscious craft show featuring artists whose work is produced from reduced, reused, recycled, or upcycled materials.

Alexandrian Kim Schalk will be a featured artist at the virtual Craft Optimism. (Photo courtesy of Twig Murray)

Alexandria, VA – On April 24, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee will present Craft Optimism, a climate-conscious craft show featuring artists whose work is produced from reduced, reused, recycled, or upcycled materials. This will be SWC’s first virtual, sustainable makers’ market. From Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 9 am to Saturday, May 1, 2021, 11:59 pm, everyone will be able to peruse the market at bidsquare.com.

A brooch crafted from plastic trimmings Sarah Murphy swept from the floor of her family’s steel cable business. (Photo courtesy of Twig Murray)
Bicycle Glass makes light fixtures out of recycled glass. (Photo courtesy of Twig Murray)

“We decided to try something new this spring,” says Co-Chair Twig Murray. “Craft Optimism is different from your normal craft show.” Proceeds from Craft Optimism will be awarded in grants for research, education, and conservation projects throughout the 19 museums and the National Zoological Park of the Smithsonian Institution. SWC collaborated on Craft Optimism with Honoring the Future, an organization dedicated to using art to promote positive climate change concepts. Many artists applied to exhibit, submitting an application and personal sustainability statement. The curating committee selected 100 artists to feature in Craft Optimism.

A bench crafted from repurposed propane tanks, made by Colin Selig. (Photo courtesy of Twig Murray)

In this exhibit, you will find artists and artwork ranging from light fixtures made from recycled glass, to jewelry designed out of plastic trimmings, and furniture crafted from propane tanks.

(Photo Courtesy of Anita Carson, Smithsonian Craft Optimism Marketing Chair)

“These are things you haven’t seen before,” Murray says. “Sustainability, affordability, and climate-consciousness is so important now. As is the diversity of our artists.”

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