Scrap Bag Challenge - Chelle Mayer

Each artist who participated in the First EVER Scrap Bag Challenge that ran from March 22, 2014 til Earthday, and answered my virtual interview questions will be featured here over the next few weeks. The Scrap Bag Challenge took place, on the fly, as a part of the unearthing and purging in my studio.  As Shire City Sanctuary comes to be, my studio shrinks with glee - allowing me renewed freedom from stuff  and allowing our Makerspace room to accommodate a sewing room, screen printing shop, and teaching space.

We had over 50 responses within 24 hours of posting on facebook and sending our eblast announcement!  50 boxes were shipped across the world from Germany to Australia to our neighbors here in Pittsfield!  Wowsers!  The EXCITEMENT!!

Next up, Chelle Mayer! Wowsers a labor of love and ingenuity ~

05.21.14 Chelle Meyer

Chelle made a gameboard.  Cut, handsewn and woven together with intricate hand sewn weaving.  There are checkers in the works made from baseballs.

Chelle Meyer

Three sentences about you – anything you want.

I’m a multi media artist living with my two dogs and a gazillion partially finished projects.  Dislikes include cigarette smoke and ketchup, loves include seeing stories in the clouds, chill’ins, making stuff out of what others discard and discovering pieces I never dreams of seeing, let alone making.  My works are colorful, chaotically organized with vibrant colors and bold lines.

  1. What additional materials did you use to complete your Challenge?

Addition materials I used are: yarn (six different ones I think), 2 yarn needles (one dull for weaving, one sharp for constructing) and a coffee bean bag

  1. How were you inspired to create what you made?

When I signed onto the challenge I had decided I would make something wearable and crazy, unpacking the scraps late at night took place on a round table with a character checker board I painted.  Tiredly I just dove into them a started creating squares and had the board fully cut before going to bed, thought I had dreamed it until I saw them all laid out with five potential yarn skeins that I used bits of four of.

  1. What’s your fondest Recycled/Reused experience?

One of my favorite recycled pieces that I have was made with my kids, a box paper mache-ed with green and pink construction paper which made it nice and sturdier for books.  The experience was left great memories., the colors are yummy and I still have it.

  1. If you could give advise to a large group of people what would it be?

Be who you like to hang out with and what others think of you is none of your Buckin’ Fusiness.