Let Me Introduce Some Very Talented Junker's in Training

January 27th, 2010 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This project is brought to you by Maggie. I call this necessary junk...particularly if you live in Duluth, Minnesota. She nailed both Ps right on their heads. Pretty and practical dont you think? Congrats, Maggie on a hat well done!
Maggies cute little topper was made from an old sweater. I wonder what she will do with the rest. A pair of matching booties perhaps?
Next up we have the stylings of Danielle. This is what I refer to as the new wave of junk. Weve all started running across computer parts, cell phone bits and pieces, CDs, and the likes. Danielle has given us a heads up on what stripped computer parts can become. Nifty noodle side tables. Yah, baby! Nice work, Danielle!
Love the look of these boards...industrial chic.  Im recommending some industrial pipe legs. Imagine that!
And here we have Ashley with her salvaged, basement mirror. I like this one because it is a goldie (my new term for golden oldie) with a youthful twist. Old mirrors are a junk staple, but Ashley made this one funkalicious with the addition of brightly painted bottle tops. You rock, Ashley!
A closer view of the embellishments. You know what I say. Its all in the details!
And last, but certainly not least...Mallory and her decorative lighting ala wine bottle. I look at this as working with junk in ample supply on a college campus...wine bottles. Ha! Maybe Im remembering my own college experience. Great way of recycling wine bottles, Mallory. Cheers!
Add some lights and put a cork in it. That my friends...is how its done!
I love the blue bottle against the twinklies inside.
This project is brought to you by Maggie. I call this necessary junk...particularly if you live in Duluth, Minnesota. She nailed both Ps right on their heads. Pretty and practical dont you think? Congrats, Maggie on a hat well done!

This project is brought to you by Maggie. I call this necessary junk...particularly if you live in Duluth, Minnesota. She nailed both Ps right on their heads. Pretty and practical don't you think? Congrats, Maggie on a hat well done!

I had the honor and the pleasure of being a guest speaker in Amy's class last year and to see first hand some of the cool things her students were doing with junk. The college students of today are very well educated on the need to recycle and re-use (thanks to people like Amy) and have a youthful twist on re-purpose that I find both refreshing and inspirational. This year, the Minnesota winter got the best of me and I was unable to make the trek to Duluth. Yes, somtimes the weather is too bad even for the most seasoned and adventurous of junkers. Ha! Any hoo, in place of speaking I was assigned the duty of picking the top "4" of the students projects. This was no easy task because they were all fabulous. So Environmental Health class of 2009.....you are all winners! Thanks for taking the time to learn about junking and sharing your creations with me and the entire JMS community.

Their assignment was to research the JMS site and find three posts that inspired them. After that they were asked to find something about their living quarters or go out junking  to find something that was ripe for re-purpose. The final task was to actually transform their piece of junk into something wonderful. Attached are images of four of Amy's students and their works of art. I think you'll all agree with me that they should all get an "A" for absolutely fabulous projects.

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Comments (12)

junkermidge writes: Sue, so sorry to hear that you had to miss this year's class.
But it looks like Amy's doing a good job of spreading the junk inspiration. The kids did a great job on the projects and I leap (not weep) for the future -- of junk, at least.
A's all around!
Midge Posted: 10:01 am on January 30th
fellowjunker writes: Way to go Amy and "junkers in training".....wish I could have gotten credits for a course like this when I was at University!
xojanis Posted: 4:54 pm on January 29th
54girl writes: What a great class! It really amazes me how many young people are doing this. Even my own daughters are really into this too. I think it is so great!! Mary Posted: 12:47 pm on January 28th
alicemom writes: What a fantastic class! Would love to be a fly on the wall for all the fun and creative spirts the young junkers were having!
smiles, alice Posted: 11:12 am on January 28th
shabbychick writes: It's so great to see a new generation of junkers and their spin on repurposing/recycling! Awesome projects - love the mirror with the bottlecaps! Congrats to all! (can we see more???)

And, Amy - your students are so fortunate to have someone as inspiring and creative as you are to guide them! Great job my friend!

Lani/Laurel - I want to take Amy's class too!!! There has to be an online class that we can sign up for???!! :)

Sue - thanks for sharing! (What a fun "job" you have!!!)


Posted: 9:35 am on January 28th
chippingcharm writes: Super fun...love all 4 ideas! I'm with Lani, I want to take Amy's class too. Can we take it online? Duluth might be a little too far to commute :)
Thanks for sharing this Sue! Laurel Posted: 8:38 am on January 28th
CottageElements writes: I want to take Amy's class!! I'm sure she is the bestest teacher ever! You have room Amy? LOL! What a great thing you are doing. It's not only teaching kids not to be wasteful, but economical, too. Amy, you rock!

Lani Posted: 10:05 pm on January 27th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
What a blessing you are to encourage the young ones to encourage them what you can do and to AMY, for taking the time to teach them. Folks' this is what it's all about to think of others and to teach kids and what a better person to encourage them and the opportunities that they might have and what you can do with junk or throwaways.WOW THATS AWESOME.Have a nice evening.Robert. Posted: 9:25 pm on January 27th
greencolleen writes: love the wine bottle lite its like 2010 version of lava lamp only so much cooler ;) . i want to see the rest of the projects tho, curious here. Posted: 8:49 pm on January 27th
georgiamoon writes: Well I say hats off to the whole class! What a great lesson on how to live a life not dictated by throw-away merchandise. I love the creativity that the students showed..it must have been hard to just pick four. You guys should be proud of yourselves, Georgia Posted: 6:23 pm on January 27th
RustyDiva writes: Yay for young Junkies ~ oh wait, maybe I should say young JunkERS!!! Love that someone is teaching this so yay Amy!!!!! Love the projects posted and I'm sure the rest of the class is ab fab too!!!!

Kenda Posted: 6:18 pm on January 27th
racers7 writes: Super, super! I love to see how others repurpose and recycle. I also do lots with wine bottles and old computers! Melody Posted: 4:29 pm on January 27th
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