Category Archives: Recycled Art

Sustainability Fair 2011

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Sustainable Living Expo this year was at the new location of the Cairns Esplanade.

26 Jun 2011 – 11am to 4pm

In the childrens craft area we created a web of sustainable vehicles (made from recycled materials) between two fig trees. I was the town planning fairy, making sure all placements went to plan.

There were a range of exhibits from local businesses and organisations that promote sustainability, as well as face painting, roving performers, workshops, and an environmental art exhibition by local school students.

The Expo offers a great opportunity for local businesses and organisations to showcase their services and products, and is a wonderful display of sustainable living information, technology demonstrations and new innovations. The Expo is jointly organised by Cairns Regional Council and the Tropical North Queensland TAFE.

*website Sustainable Living Expo

Pop-up Puppets

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sun-1Made from up-holsterers scraps and card, pop-up puppets can appear anywhere. They are cheeky, and each character has their own persomality. Mr Sun is the most fun, he likes to play with the turtle.

Puppets are fun devices to get children talking. The puppets tell stories about what happened to them last week, who is in their family and what they like to do.

Pop-up Puppet Workshops 11 June and 14 May 2011


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Pop-up Puppets is an open kid’s workshop on puppet construction and manipulation, using recycled materials finishing with a puppet show and filming. (low tech filming style – suitable for uTube).

Explore three dimensional sculptural techniques

Animate the inanimate

Create a Pop-up Puppet show for UTube

The children will give their puppet an identity while they create it. We will make up and present puppet stories using real-life stories.

Using traditional stories and adding an Australian twist. Cardboard roll lizard, dancing sugar cane, Dugong, cassowary, snakes, spiders, bats.

We will be focussing on tropical Australian animals and local myths.

We will be working with recycled objects – packaging.

The children will are guided in basic sculpture techniques – imaginative use of available materials, strong construction and working in 3 dimensions.