UNT Art Students ‘Upcycle’ Products for Domestic Violence Victims

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DENTON, TX - When most folks "go green," they reduce, re-use, and recycle.  But some art students at UNT are going "Mean Green" and up-cycling instead.

"You can recycle a wide variety of ways," said James Thurman, associate professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design, who coordinates the Design II course. "But with upcycling, it's really adding a lot of value to the materials that you're starting with."

Adding value is exactly what this project is all about.

"Students got all their materials here [at the thrift store], took it down the road to campus, took them all apart, made them into something else, and brought them right back here," Thurman explained.

Professor Thurman's students took thrift store stuff and created brand new products -- clothes, hand puppets, backpacks, and more -- then donated it all back to the store.

All the money raised will go toward a very good cause.

Jessie Garmon from the Friends of the Family Thrift Store, which hosted the event, explained, "We support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape.  So all the proceeds that we get from this go to help them."

This isn't the first time this thrift store has hosted this project, and Thurman says it won't be the last.

"Last summer was the first time that we did the project, and then every semester it just keeps getting better."

Using art and design to add value to the lives of domestic violence victims, you can't beat that.