In 2019 we hosted a gallery show called Carts for the Arts, which highlighted the devastating contribution Vape pens and equipment have on the environment. Branded disposable vape pens are in fact not disposable at all. The inseparable combination of cannabis and lithium-ion battery makes it impossible to legally dispose of. After this show, Jupiter, one of the largest manufacturers of vape equipment, changed course in their manufacturing and crevamped the way they market their products. Art is a huge culture shifter.
Flapper Dress: Upcycled form, hemp cord, Chinese rice bowl and trimmings, text from 1930. 900 - 1,000 cartridges; Martha Jones, the owner of Green Mosaics, combines her individual spirit and colorful artwork into creating unique and often humorous UpCycle Art for Home & Garden. “Finding an object and changing its purpose, using only reused, recycled, found and gifted materials not only helps the environment but also adds art to our lives. Along with the grounding philosophy of recycling/reusing, materials are never sourced through retail chain stores. Use what’s here. Lessen the footprint.”
STELLA THE SEA TURTLE
Painting: Glass beads, rope, mirror pieces, ~100 vape cartridges and acrylic on canvas. 36" x 36" canvas with Vape cartridges as shell, glass beads, regular beads, mirror pieces and rope . Each shape in the shell is lifted on cardboard pieces to give more dimension.
Jewelry: Made from carts,copper wire and copper beads. The artist wanted to make something wearable and good looking. They found that alternating the carts by color was more appealing and that the copper popped in contrast to the black and clear materials of the cartridges.
Sculpture: Metal wire, styrofoam, 600 disposable vape cartridges, 100 disposable cartridge tips. Christina is known for her one of a kind clothing costumes, accessories and props. She's most inspired by nature, colors, patterns, repurposing vintage gems, and all things shiny.
THUMPCASE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Speaker: Battery operated Bluetooth speaker in a custom box with over 100 repurposed vape cartridges. Whether you are playing music from your phone or computer simply connect your Thumpcase to any device via Bluetooth and enjoy your music. Auxiliary cord for a hard wire connection is also available. Excellent sound quality, portable and designed to give audiophile sound wrapped up in this custom box. Music activated colored lights on both sides. Its also 200 watts, rechargeable, and has a 12 hour playtime.
Installation Piece: Re-purposed wood, PVC, tree branches and vape cartridges. Zhou is known for her meticulous use of textures and patterns. While the cuts she uses are exquisite, it is the use of textures that really makes a piece a “Yennie Zhou”.
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TRADE SHOW BOOTH BABE GEAR
Necklace: Wire, metal, wooden beads, repurposed vape cartridges. Similar custom pieces will be made to order (price negotiable).
Bag: Remnant fabric, upcycled plastic fasteners and carts parts
$150 - Necklace
$100 - Bag
IF JACKIE-O VAPED
Jacket: Original design,made from re-claimed (unused) vintage fabric, re-purposed fur and LED lights from the vape cartridges.
Jackie-Vape - $400
RIVER CITY CANNABIS CAFE
Table: Re-purposed Spool, Manzanita, Grout, Resin 685 disposable cartridges ($2,775) Chandelier: Re-purposed Lamp fixture, 90 disposable cartridges ($420) Cartridge Wall Display: Re-purposed wood, grout, led light strip (battery operated), 225 cartridges ($690) Vape Tip Light Box: ~100 vape tips, repurposed wood and panel, remote controled LED backlight ($420) What would a River City cannabis cafe look like?
Vape Tip Light Box - $420
Table - $2,775
Chandelier - $420
Branded Wall Display - $690
DON'T CARE DARE BEAR
Bear Sculpture: Broken plastic, silicon wristbands, repurposed thrift store goods, rescued children’s toys, packaging for vape cartridges, broken vintage sunglasses, ~ 25 repurposed vape cartridges ($200)
WHAT IF IT WERE US
Multiple Pieces Mixed Media Installation: Re-purposed plastic cups, bottles, cans, straws, fish netting, plastic mesh, and bottle caps, ~25 vape cartridges
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THE LIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Table Lamp: 300 Single use vape cartridges, lamp socket & wire, Lactite construction glue, spray paint, hot glue, repurposed lamp shade, led bulb
Table Lamp: $550
Critical Thinking 1: This painting was made to provide a space for critical thinking. Suggested Question: Where do these go after we're done with them?
Materials: 3 vape pens and acrylic paint Critical Thinking 2: This painting was made to provide a space for critical thinking. Our oceans have vast levels with so many beautiful creations from mother nature on each of them. Imagine a world where we filled up each level with our discarded trash? Imagine a world where destructive plastic overwhelms all the beauty in the world because it has no where else to go...Materials: 8 vape pens and plastic tubing. Artist went snorkeling in Davao, Philippines to retrieve these beautiful seashells. Critical Thinking 3: This painting was made to provide a space for critical thinking. Suggested Thought: There are so many lanes we can choose in life, so much so it gets congested and confusing, but sometimes, if we take a step back, it might just be a beautiful piece of art...Materials: 118 vape pens and acrylic paint
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