Photo: Rob Collins
This past Saturday about 45 members of the community, ages 13-24, set out to repurpose old skate decks into some durable, kickass stools. This “creative recycling” workshop was put on by Converse at the Artists For Humanity space near the Seaport, as it’s third of a five-part series throughout North America that will continue into the Spring of 2015. Respected craftsman Andy Vasquez and Pro-Skater Eli Reed led the workshop that had every participant excited to bring home their very own recycled piece of art. This initiative is a way to draw together local aspiring artists and skaters to come out and exercise and creative muscles.
Aside from the stool making, the event had a couple of skate features where the local kids were showing off their skills for all to see. A catered lunch was provided and there was also a free raffle giving out skate shoes to the winners. The demo was extremely successful, bringing local kids together guiding them to realize that the decks that they throw away can be reused to make not just stools, but a shelf or wherever else their minds take them.
The CONS Project will be coming back to Boston in the Spring of 2015, and if you have any interest in the skate or art scene, you would be remiss not to attend. To keep updated on the CONS project, check out their website for more details on when and where the next workshop will be held at http://www.consproject.com/. Until then, get the gears turning and start “creatively recycling” whatever else you can, the planet and your living room will certainly thank you.