Amanda Makepeace featured me on One Pebble: An Art Exchange today.Â Amanda LOVES pebbles and she has a great offer of gifting someone an original Art Card, ACEO each time someone sends her a pebble.Â WOW – that is some trade.Â Awhile ago I walked around the block and picked up a variety of pebbles of different colors, textures and sizes to thrill Amanda … she gets such a kick out of them!Â She wrote a great post right here about my pebbles (and the ACEO I gave her)!!Â You can see one of my vibrant, colorful paintings in the image below and much more clearly in Amanda’s post!Â Thank you, Amanda!
I LOVE the name of her post – Beauty in Diversity!!Â Please go over and check out her blog about this pebble exchange!Â Also I want to show you some of the ACEOs that she has traded for pebbles … right here … and from there, you can go check The Artist and other parts of this site.Â She also have a link to her regular website.Â Amanda is a very creative artist and very active in online activities.Â Plus she is kind and generous – a great combo!
Featured by Amanda’s Pebbles
At the Westerm Mass Etsy gathering on Sunday, someone had mentioned that a local shop was giving away tons of cloth (for free – really giving away).Â RepoDepot is a shop in Easthampton, MA that carries vintage and reproduced fabric.Â It is about 45 minutes away from Greenfield where I live.Â We heard it was quite impressive. As we drove up, there were 4 pickup trucks driving odd with cloth piled up 5′ up over the sides of the trucks. Just amazing!
There was a room – maybe 50 x 60′ – that had been full of cloth that was totally being given away.Â Before there were stacks 7′ high of cloth throughout the whole room – it must have been quite the sight!!Â Today was the second to last day so it was down to perhaps 400 rolls of free cloth by the time we got there.Â It was amazing!! We took 5 rolls to use for fairs and also for window displays.Â I also might be able to figure out how to use some of it in my art.Â I am not sure if this was a one time thing or periodic – but wow – it is amazing!!
People had piles they werre sitting on while they waited to use the cart to take their cloth home.Â One person must have had 250 rolls of cloth that she was sitting on while her partner got the truck or van ready.Â There was one part of the room that had cloth being saved for someone – that stack of cloth was about 8′ high, 6′ deep and 20′ long.Â It was covered and ready for someone to pick up. Just wild!!
Most of the 400 rolls left were variations of off-white and neutral colors in many different weaves – but I could see from the piles that were being protected that lots of bright colored fabric had already been chosen.Â There was one roll that I would have liked to take but the roll was at least a foot deep when it was rolled (and very long) and we could never have carried it. In the hallway there were others sitting on their stacks while they too waited to use the carts.
What a wonderful service to the earth and to the community!!Â Instead of this going to the dump or landfill, it went to theater companies, schools and artists who will put it all to great use.Â Thank you so much – for me and for us all.Â Thanks for stopping by!
~ Diane Clancy