“A society is defined not by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.” John Sawhill

Above is a favorite quote of local artist, art instructor,  design and patent illustrator, Yvette Contois. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about the upcoming event Artisans’ hand-made gift sale in Santa Cruz, December 5 from 11-5pm at the Palomar Ballroom at 1344 Pacific Avenue (Upstairs).  This is the third year in a row that she and Jenny Sandrof have organized  this recycling and upcycling themed artist gift show.  All one-of-a-kind gifts are under $25. This year has the added bonus of  live music from Peter Weiss.

If you are going to do holiday shopping, this is the way to support local artists that are repurposing material that would otherwise end up in the garbage dump.  You would be helping save the planet by using less waste in a season of waste (wrapping paper, boxes, christmas trees, tinsel, packing materials, etc.).  The earth, particularly in this consumer driven capitalistic society, demands a mind shift to where products are  built through processes that cause the least harm to the environment.

Yvette will be there with prints, whales (made of old redwood fence boards), pendants and earrings.

This is the second time that Yvette has been on the show to talk about her art practice and teaching philosophy.  At the Art Factory, Yvette teaches all ages. For Kids: After School Art Classes, Homeschool Art Classes, Art Parties and Seasonal Art Camps.  For Adults, there’s classes such as “Mom’s Nights Out, Art or Jewelry Making Parties”, and a monthly studio sale featuring fabulous art and gifts made by The Art Factory Artists Guild Members.

She brings a scientific approach to the work that is passed on to the students concerning “seeing” and taking the time to study and really be with a subject of inquiry.  She also believes that when dealing with children, little invention should be done to their work. Their work  is a “moment in time” chronicling their physical and mental development.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.


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