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Published on October 8th, 2008 | by Autumn Wiggins

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Diversify Your DIY

Or make several thousand aluminum flowers

or 250 Aluminum Can Granny Square Tote Bags

or 1000 Aluminum Can Maracas for your kids, because music can help fill the void in your financially depleted soul…

or you could smelt all of it into molds to make mod lawn furniture.

The possibilities are endless. Bottoms up, my crafty friends!

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About the Author

This 2008 interview pretty much sums it up: 1. How would you describe yourself? An oddly situated performer of thought experiments 2. Do you have any anecdotes about your work (how you got started, frustrating moments, or funny stories)? At this year's Maker Faire in San Mateo, I gave a presentation on how the trend of green crafting can ultimately address the problem of consumption and waste. Dale Dougherty,the publisher of Make and Craft, later had a gift delivered to me, a staple bound book of poetry: Music Like Dirt by Frank Bidart. This is the last thing one would expect to take home from an event so focused on renegade technology. To my surprise, it was an existential reflection on the human need to make things that I now find myself going back to whenever I need some inspiration to look beyond the materials and processes of crafting. 3. What kinds of things do you do for fun? In my spare time I enjoy amateur astronomy, outdoor adventures, collecting domain names, and hanging out at coffee shops. 4. What interesting projects are you working on right now? I'm working to organize community involvement in upcycling, and have a few top-secret website projects up my sleeves! 5. Where do you live? Kids, pets, spouse, occupation? O'Fallon, IL, a suburb (and I mean a totally typical suburb) of St. Louis, MO. Rather than moving to the more culture friendly urban environment, I am staying put and annoying the heck out of Wal-Mart by throwing a massive indie craft show(Strange Folk) in their backyard. I have a husband, Doug, and two sons: a 7 year old mad scientist named Jack, and 6 year old Max, who we think is an aspiring tattoo artist since he's so fond of drawing all over himself with markers. To pay the bills, I do freelance writing, mural painting, and website design, sell my handmade crafts, teach art classes for kids, and work part -time at a local coffee shop. 6. What new idea (in or outside of your field) has excited you most recently? The concept known as "Cradle-to-Cradle" is a blueprint for sustainability that states everything we manufacture should be either biodegrable, infinitely recyclable, or intended to be upcycled. This is the basis for many of my ideas of how the crafting community can be more widely involved in solving the environmental crisis. 7. What is your favorite food/color/tool? granola/green/sewing machine!



  • http://www.CourtneyWatson.net Courtney

    Making windchimes out of old hard drives for a few of my geekier pals. Love all the pieces!

  • http://www.CourtneyWatson.net Courtney

    Making windchimes out of old hard drives for a few of my geekier pals. Love all the pieces!

  • http://www.CourtneyWatson.net Courtney

    Making windchimes out of old hard drives for a few of my geekier pals. Love all the pieces!

  • http://muenda.com Susie Dolphin

    Very Cool, although i would not be using bud light cans…..maybe wine bottles??

  • http://muenda.com Susie Dolphin

    Very Cool, although i would not be using bud light cans…..maybe wine bottles??

  • http://muenda.com Susie Dolphin

    Very Cool, although i would not be using bud light cans…..maybe wine bottles??

  • http://www.aluminumbar.net Catalina Lavadie

    Nice post! I really like your writing on this topic. Very enjoy to read. On a lot of blogs, people just keep on saying un neccessary things, but not you – very nice. Keep it up!

  • http://www.aluminumbar.net Catalina Lavadie

    Nice post! I really like your writing on this topic. Very enjoy to read. On a lot of blogs, people just keep on saying un neccessary things, but not you – very nice. Keep it up!

  • http://www.aluminumbar.net Catalina Lavadie

    Nice post! I really like your writing on this topic. Very enjoy to read. On a lot of blogs, people just keep on saying un neccessary things, but not you – very nice. Keep it up!

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