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By Harald Siefken and
When artist Tina Edwards saw someone with a bag made out of KoolAid pouches she liked it so much that she made a note to herself that someday she would try to create something similar.
Some time later the opportunity presented itself when a recycyling truck worker threw all of the KoolAid pouches from her recycling bin onto the front lawn of her house. Vowing not to throw them into the garbage, she seized the chance to make something with them.
The bag she created attracted attention and it wasn’t long before people she met started asking her to make her KoolAid purses and bags for them. The idea to start her own home-based business called Bags by Beans was born.
Edwards is just one of the 62 artists you will find selling their unique creations at the 11th annual Frederick Art Walk on Saturday, November 12 from 10am to 5pm.
This year, she will be offering wallets, coin pouches, purses, eye glass cases, Nintendo DS cases, pencil/make-up cases, shopping bags, and 14 x 14 inch craft bags all made out of KoolAid pouches that otherwise would end up in our landfill.
She is planning to use the money raised from the sale to travel to Mozambique in Africa some time in the next eight years, following a strong call to work with orphans there. In the last two years she has been able to raise about one quarter of her total financial goal for this trip.
The Frederick Art Walk is a 2 km tour to view original art works displayed in several homes in one of Kitchener’s oldest neighbourhoods. The Central Frederick Neighbourhood spans north and south of Frederick Street between Lancaster and Edna. The tour begins in the vicinity of Frederick and Chestnut Streets.
Many participants use the walk to get a good start on their Christmas shopping as they enjoy the beauty of a fall day in the setting of grand maple trees visiting some of the area’s century-old homes, which play host to large array of artistic work including fabric art, paintings, chocolate, photography, pottery, stained glass, sewing crafts, tile work and jewellery.
This year’s walk includes 19 host homes.
Participants can also join the art walkers Passport Program, collecting a stamp or signature at each of the Art Walk home venues for a chance to win prizes from the artists on the tour. The passport draw is made within two weeks after the tour. Passports are available at all venues on the walk or you can print one from the online site at www.fredericksartwalk.org
A tour map and a list of artisans is also available online.
To see or purchase Edward’s products or support her by dropping off your empty KoolAid pouches, visit 41 Chapel Street in Kitchener during the Art Walk, or contact her on Facebook when you Google Bags by Bean Kitchener.
Needlefelt artist Louise Jessup is one of 62 artists who will be selling their creations at the 11th annual Frederick Art Walk on Saturday, November 12 from 10am - 5pm. The 2 km walking tour will take visitors to 19 homes in the Central Frederick Neighbourhood of Kitchener where the original art works will be on display.
Frederick Art Walk November 12
Original art for sale on multi-home
walking tour in Central Kitchener