WOW, WHAT AN AMAZING BUNCH OF DEDICATED UPCYCLING CHAMPIONS WE’VE GOT RIGHT HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF DOVER! THE JURY SELECTION ON WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER 2009 WENT VERY WELL. TEN PEOPLE WERE GATHERED AROUND A LONG TABLE AND MET SOME INSPIRING LOCAL PEOPLE WHO PRESENTED THEIR IDEAS TO US. OH, AND WE ATE HOME MADE LEMON DRIZZLE CUP CAKES TO SWEETEN THE PROCESS...
 
Dover has four new upcycling champions. Sam, Kev, Kerry, and James are all district residents who submitted ideas for upcycled products in response to a call out from Remade in Dover, an arts project run by Dover Arts Development (DAD) and Dover Pride.
 
The KCC funded project has had a really exciting boost finding four such enthusiastic and creative people on our doorstep. The four were picked by an expert panel made up of leading academics, artists and designers, a retail expert, DAD, Dover Pride, and Dover’s Mayor. Having been tasked with selecting suitable products to be developed for sale in the Recreation shop, due to open on Friday, 27th November at 15 Bench Street, Dover, the panel found themselves so overwhelmed by talent and energy that they chose to award each of the four with a special title and request that they all continue to work with the project.
 
Kev Cook, from Sandwich, came with a story of a much loved Fiat Panda that was sadly written off. The front seats were saved and then attached to the discarded stand and wheels of an old office chair and ‘car chair’ was born – a functional, comfy and fun piece of fully reclining home office furniture. Several members of the panel couldn’t resist trying it out. Kev has been named Remade in Dover’s ‘Upcycling Pioneer’. The team hopes to have him sharing his enthusiasm and expertise in the Recreation shop come November.
 
Kerry Brock, from Dover, brought a fantastic selection of products from badges made from old magazines, stencilled fabric pictures, and original artwork on off cuts of wood. Kerry has a distinctive style and quirky use of old materials, and has been named Remade in Dover’s ‘Upcycling Rebel’. Kerry has been offered a mini residency at the 15 Bench Street shop to use the workshop area to get creative in.
 
James Anderson, from Guston, produced a prototype kitchen utensil holder crafted from an old heating element and amazingly curled cutlery, inspired by his job as a chef. Remade in Dover would like to support James in developing his product further, and has named him ‘Upcycling Entrepreneur’. Look out for this one in its full finished glory at the shop.
 
Sam Bole and Mrs Bole (Mrs Stuff, of Stuff on London Road), submitted a wind chime made from old spanners, which makes a beautiful and unexpected sound, inspired by rummaging shoppers at Stuff, and a bracelet made from old nuts and bolts. Sam was so full of ideas that the panel named her the ‘Upcycling Catalyst’. Remade in Dover has invited Sam to create a range of pieces for exhibition at the shop.
 
Panel member Dr Seymour Roworth-Stokes, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at the University for the Creative Arts said “It was fantastic to see such inventive and yet practical solutions to one of societies most challenging problems - how to take discarded objects which would end up in landfill and make them into something meaningful and purposeful again. We saw some truly inspirational people who have taken the concept of 'upcycling' to their hearts. They are a credit to Dover's creativity and spirit of enterprise.”
REMADE
IN
DOVER A PROJECT BY DAD AND DOVER PRIDE
Kev Cook
Kerry Brock
James Anderson
Sam Bole & Mrs Bole