RECYCLING practitioners and advocates artists Paula Gowens and Anita Larkin will offer inspiration and tips of the trade when they host Salon de Refuse - Recycled Art and Objects Workshops in Kiama this month.
Held at the Old Kiama Fire Station from September 24-29, the workshops are geared to adults but will cater for any level of experience.
They are free and sponsored by Kiama Council.
Kiama's Paula Gowens said her background was in painting, but she had a strong interest in creative reuse of found or discarded objects.
"I like old rusty iron bibs and bobs and things with paint peeling off so that you can see what's underneath," she said. "It speaks to me of ageing and timelessness.
"I like the aesthetic of that, but I also like the idea of sharing awareness of keeping things out of landfill and not buying so much stuff made out of plastic. There is a political message as well."
Shellharbour's Anita Larkin has used recycled material in her sculpture for more than 20 years.
She said much of her material was given to her by people who wanted to see their castoffs given new life, rather than end up in landfill.
She said she would be teaching people the skills to join the materials.
"What is interesting is the way that you can develop different ideas from different objects being randomly put together," she said. "Different things can happen because you have to work within the parameters that already exist."
Details: All workshops are 9.30am-4pm.
Tuesday-Thursday: Creativity workshop with Paula in photography, painting, drawing and collage. You will be given items to work with and you can include your own.
Friday-Sunday: Anita will lead a workshop in creating artworks from refuse. Class will include methods of joining different materials together. Participants are asked to bring their own found or discarded materials.
Saturday: From 8am-10am, an excursion to car boot sale on Black Beach to gather pre-loved goods for future work.
Sunday: Refuse party: Display and discussion of the art at the Fire Station from 5pm.
■ Bookings: text Anita on 0416 148 202, or email the email@example.com address.