Made Out of WHAT
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About

b. 1986, HK.

 

Made Out of WHAT  is a non-profit organization founded to raise awareness about the challenge of industrial and consumer waste by showcasing brilliant, practical solutions from artists and designers around the world. Our goals are to help accelerate the movement toward adaptive re-use; encourage sustainable innovation and pro-environmental values which foster zero-waste communities; and promote the circular economy.

 

The Vision

Made Out of WHAT is a non-profit organization with a group of fundamental goals:

help accelerate the movement toward adaptive re-use in design, art, fashion and architecture
showcase brilliant and practical solutions by practitioners from around the world
encourage sustainable innovation and pro-environmental values which foster zero-waste communities
raise awareness about the challenge of industrial and consumer waste
promote the circular economy

 

The Mission

Focus for a moment on the fact that landfills overflow with consumer and industrial waste which pollutes the earth’s atmosphere and poisons our natural resources to a startling degree. 

While it is true that the average consumer contributes 4.5 pounds of waste to these landfills every day, why not seek a positive solution to the problem? It’s time to re-think trash as usable raw material, as a wealth of opportunity to regenerate pre-processed elements, from plastics to cast-away organics to precious metals. 

We can discover accessible, imaginative and inspiring solutions that address the waste dilemma which humankind faces.

This sums up the mission of Made Out of WHAT (MOoW).
 

Strategies

Made Out of WHAT has a plan to achieve its goals:

research and identify global artists, designers, and craftspeople working in the area of adaptive reuse
compile a digital archive of innovators, their models and methodologies
share and showcase the narratives through

  • gallery and museum exhibitions
  • international conferences and design fairs
  • video and film
  • print media
  • multiple social media platforms 

highlight at least one artist every month on the MOoW website in a video interview
maintain an online store where a nominal percentage of each sale helps fund the organization
cultivate cross-sector collaborations which involve thought-leaders from art, design, sociology, economics, environmentalism, and popular culture  

How You Can Get Involved

Donate
Help keep the dream alive by writing a check. You can send your support via this website. Every little bit helps. You’ll find an Indiegogo crowdfunding page in place as well, where you can get some cool premiums at different levels of contribution. Made Out of WHAT is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) California corporation, so every penny you give is fully deductible.

Participate
Want to be a part of the solution? Volunteers welcome! There will be event opportunities, and yes, MOoW always wants to know about qualified and enthusiastic intern candidates.

Purchase
Support the artists, causes and organization by visiting the online store. A portion of every purchase goes to fund MOoW.

FAQs

Tell me again, what Is Made Out of WHAT?
Made Out of WHAT is a non-profit organization founded to raise awareness about the challenge of industrial and consumer waste by showcasing brilliant, practical solutions from artists and designers around the world. Our goals are to help accelerate the movement toward adaptive re-use; encourage sustainable innovation and pro-environmental values which foster zero-waste communities; and promote the circular economy.

How do you do all that?
MOoW promotes its message through a website, a digital archive, events, gallery and museum exhibitions, international conferences and design fairs, video and film, print media, and multiple social media platforms.

Incorporated when?
Made Out of WHAT is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) California corporation incorporated in 2016

Instagram followers
13,900, as of April 17, 2017

Who founded MOoW?
Denise Domergue,  a cultural visionary, who honed her skills as author, independent curator and conservator of contemporary art.

Where is MOoW located?
Venice, California USA

How does MOoW fund its operations?
Sponsorships, partnerships, contributions, grants, and nominal income from an online store.

How can I help?
Donate, participate or purchase. Volunteers welcome! MOoW always wants to know about qualified and enthusiastic intern candidates. And you can support MOoW by shopping at our online store, which supports both the artists and the organization.

I make cool things from discarded objects. How can I share my work with you?
You’ll find an easy online intake form here. Show us what you’re doing!

 

Denise Domergue
Founder and Creative Director

“Beauty and ingenuity have persuasive power.”

Denise is a true cultural visionary, who honed her skills as author, independent curator and conservator of contemporary art. From 1976-2014 she was Director of Conservation of Paintings, Ltd in Los Angeles. In 1984 her book Artists Design Furniture was published by Harry Abrams Books. She served as LA Editor of Metropolitan Home from 1989-1994.

After producing the short film entitled Made Out of WHAT?! in 2014 she was inspired to create an organization which encourages greater awareness of adaptive re-use in the arts. In this effort, she turned her attention to society’s shift towards sustainable behavior, and founded a non-profit dedicated to calling attention to positive solutions for the challenges posed by industrial and consumer waste.


 

 
 
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