WE’RE SO EXCITED ABOUT THE AMAZING THINGS OUR UPCYCLING CHAMPIONS HAVE GOT UP SO FAR AND CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT’S IN STORE FOR US IN FUTURE...
 
LET’S JUST RECAP ON WHAT HAPPENED: END OF SEPTEMBER 2009 WE SENT A CALL OUT TO THE DISTRICT ASKING PEOPLE TO SUBMIT THEIR IDEAS FOR UPCYCLED PIECES... THEN A JURY PANEL OF 10 PEOPLE SELECTED suitable products to be developed for sale in the Recreation STORE OR ACT AS INSPIRING PRODUCTS FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THEMSELVES... AND CROWNED FOUR LOCAL UPCYCLING CHAMPIONS END OF OCTOBER 2009: KEV COOK, KERRY BROCK, JAMES ANDERSON, AND SAM BOLE. THIS IS WHAT THEY‘VE GONE ON TO DO SINCE THEN...
 
THEN    Kev Cook, from Sandwich, came with a story of a much loved Fiat Panda that was sadly written off. The front seats were saved and attached to the wheel base of an old office chair and ‘car chair’ was born. Kev was named Remade in Dover’s ‘Upcycling Pioneer’. The team hoped to have him sharing his enthusiasm and expertise in the Recreation store.
 
NOW    The Project Team decided that his entertaining presentation talents were at least equal to his metalworking-skills... and Kev agreed to make a 7’24 min step-by-step video showing “How To Make a Car Chair”! On a cold Tuesday in early February, local artist Jonathan Wright turned up at “The Recreation” store and project hub in Dover armed with a superduper camera and tripod... followed by the star of the show, Kev Cook! An old bit of cardboard was quickly upcycled into a proper movie clapper board and those thrilling words, “And, Action!” were like music to our ears... coming soon to YouTube!
 
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THEN    Kerry Brock, from Dover, brought a fantastic selection of products from badges made from old magazines, to stencilled fabric pictures, and original artwork on wood off-cuts. Kerry was named Remade in Dover’s ‘Upcycling Rebel’. Kerry was offered a mini residency at the 15 Bench Street shop to use the workshop area to get creative in.
 
NOW    Kerry bought a lovely selection of original artworks on wood blocks and badges to the store to offer for sale... and they turned out to be some of our best sellers! She also bought her talents to the making of upcycled decorations for the Christmas display in the Box Gallery. Designer-maker Esther Coombs – who sat on the jury, created the window illustrations for the store and offered items for sale – agreed to mentor Kerry in developing her practice and reaching her target audience. Remade in Dover has helped to facilitate an intensive mentoring scheme by funding six weekly Master Classes ending in April 2010. Watch this space!
 
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THEN    Sam Bole, from Dover, was joined by her mum and submitted a wind chime made from old spanners and a bracelet made from old nuts and bolts. Sam was so full of ideas that the panel named her the ‘Upcycling Catalyst’. Remade in Dover invited Sam to create a range of pieces for exhibition at the shop.
 
NOW    Sam also bought a great selection of pieces to the store to offer for sale – now being enjoyed by people as far away as Devon! She also gave generously of her time to the project: making upcycled decorations for the Christmas display in the Box Gallery, amongst other things. Designer-maker Esther Coombs also agreed to mentor Sam in developing her practice and reaching her target audience. Remade in Dover has helped to facilitate an intensive mentoring scheme by funding six weekly Master Classes ending in April 2010. Watch this space!
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WHAT IDEAS DID THE LOCAL CHAMPIONS SUBMIT? GET  A FULL LOW DOWN ON THE CALL OUT AND SELECTION PROCESS AND WHAT IDEAS THE CHAMPIONS SUBMITTED TO THE JURY... tell me more
Kev Cook, October 2009
Kerry Brock, October 2009
Sam Bole & Mrs Bole, October 2009
Esther Coombs, March 2010