Opens July 14, on view through December 6, 2018

Before upcycling was a thing, it was the thing. 

Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse focuses on this cyclical nature of our relationship with objects. Washington’s response to this cycle has been driven by several factors and influences, cultural, geographic, and industrial among them. These influences have given Washington makers and their objects a distinct character.

Among the themes presented in this exhibit will be the idea of building community through reuse and building reuse through community. In the past, community was built through crafting as people gathered for quilting circles or knit-ins. During hard times and war, Washingtonians united to remake old items into new, whether it be to support troops overseas or to use in everyday life. This trend is continuing today in creative reuse centers, maker spaces, and living rooms across the state.

Make/Do will include a material/historical survey of “second life” objects, architectural reuse and salvage, cultural examples of creative reuse, and contemporary examples of functional and non-functional objects. These artifacts from multiple artists, individuals, and institutions show that some trends are timeless.