each year, the bike part art show is held to raise money for the best of causes, the neighborhood bike works in west philly. nbw does some pretty amazing things, including programs that give kids the opportunity to build their own bikes, learn how to properly maintain a bike and ride their bike safely in the city. this in and of itself is pretty fantastic, but what's even better is they provide programs like this free of charge, primarily to kids whose families probably wouldn't be able to afford such classes, much less provide a bike for their kids. it's valuable stuff, and neighborhood bike works is making it happen.
so what's this about a bike part art show? for the past seven years, the bike part art show has asked local artists to put together whatever assemblage of bike parts they'd like and donate their creation to the show. the working reading lamp made from bike forks (above) is one of the donated sculptures for this year. these art pieces are then auctioned off and all the proceeds go to nbw. a room full of art made from bike parts is a pretty fantastic thing.
this year, to make things even awesomer, my studio mate (who is the 2009 organizer) asked if i'd like to put together a bike themed boutique to happen the night of the auction event. i said absolutely i would, since i make and love bike themed craft, and wasn't sure anything i could donate, while valuable and hopefully desirable, was really auction-worthy. thus, the cash-and-carry boutique at the bike part art show was born.
in the past several days, i've contacted many amazing artists with bike themed work in their shops on etsy, and response has been overwhelmingly great. at this point, i wanted to open the invitation and a call for bike themed art and craft here. if you make (or would like to make and could submit by sept 4) bike themed art or craft or jewelry (or just about anything else) and would like to make a donation to the bike boutique, please email me! sara (at) girlscantell (dot) com. i'll fill you in on all the details.
because who doesn't like bikes?