Making 2020 crystal clear with Reconsidered Goods
Reconsidered Goods is kicking off the New Year with a “First Fridays Fun Vision Board Calendar” event on Jan. 3 in its new event space at 2803 Patterson St. in Greensboro. The space opened October 2019 next door to the retail store. Anyone may drop in between 5-8 p.m. with an admission fee of $10 per maker to “ignite creativity and set new intentions for the New Year.” Bring friends, snacks and drinks (alcohol is allowed) for an evening of crafty fun.
Laura Maruzzella, education director of Reconsidered Goods, facilitates most of the self-guided classes. She invites guests to come this Friday to either work solo or with a buddy and create a collage vision board calendar. Photos and words used in the calendar are selected and cut out from old magazines, book pages and vintage materials that will be included. There are no rules, and everyone is welcome to bring some special items to personalize their calendars even more. “Once you speak your goal into existence, your support circle could help you stay accountable,” Maruzzella said of vision boards.
She said instructions, an 11-inch by 17-inch (and bigger) calendar templates and art supplies would be provided for each maker. She added that makers could bring their New Year resolutions and other things that would keep them inspired throughout the year. Maruzzella said the top of the thick board would be collaged with the calendar below. From those who prefer a structured format with suggested directions to those who just want to do their own thing, Maruzzella said Reconsidered Goods like to keep things “loosey-goosey.” That way, all attendees feel welcome.
“Making a 2020 vision board calendar shows the results of taking a little time to set aside to look at your future,” Maruzzella said. “Asking questions helps makers visualize what this calendar means to them. Ask yourself, ‘What do you want more of in your life?’ ‘Do you want to eat more good foods or travel?’ Start with asking questions and see what comes.”
Maruzzella said the vision board calendars are a “fun, therapeutic way” for art to express goals for 2020.
“Participants from last year’s class said they had arrived stressed out, but had so much fun being creative, that they left feeling relaxed,” Maruzzella said. “If you don’t want to use photos and words from magazines, you can use colored pencils and markers or material. Then when you get it home, you can hang it up somewhere and every time you see it, think, ‘Wow, those are my goals!’”
Maruzzella was hired to start Reconsidered Goods’ education platform after going from shopper to volunteer in the last two and a half years. She said she has always been involved with the arts from attending the Department of Art + Design at North Carolina State University to working and teaching art at The Boys and Girls Club in Raleigh. She said she also studied art therapy at The Art Institute and moved back home to work at The Montessori School of Winston-Salem in Clemmons. She also worked at GreenHill in Greensboro, teaching art to kids and families.
Reconsidered Goods’ make and take labs moved next door to the event space to have more room for the retail store and to not be so cramped in the classes, Maruzzella said. The First Fridays Fun-themed classes just started fall 2019 “in hopes that people would come on their way downtown to do a little art or pop in after they leave downtown before heading home.” The new Second Sunday Crafter Noon four-hour classes begin on Jan. 12. She said the cool thing about Reconsidered Goods’ philosophy is that “it is never intimidating regardless of your artistic level; you can come here and make things to take home and be proud of.”
Reconsidered Goods is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit creative supply and resource store open to the public.
Maruzzella said that Reconsidered Goods offer art education classes and fun through outreach, festivals, community programs, creative events, all-ages birthday parties and field trips. She added that Reconsidered Goods also offers summer camps and $6 “make and take labs” to schools and other locations.
Maruzzella said that Reconsidered Goods accepts donations during business hours and is proudly continuing to keep about 9 tons of materials that are donated per month from ending up in the dump. People who would like to donate materials can review the list of accepted items on the Reconsidered Goods website. Maruzzella encourages folks to call if they have things that aren’t listed and to “keep them out of our landfill by putting them into the hands of artists, makers, teachers and kids to create something new.”
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer/editorial/content/copy, creative consultant/branding strategist, communications outreach messenger, poet and emerging singer/songwriter.