By BARBARA KOLB
Mount Mary College interior design students will host the annual sustain-TABLE CHAIRity silent auction during CREO to raise funds for the community service projects that are an integral part of their program.
Attendees at CREO will have the opportunity to give back to the Milwaukee community by bidding on at least eight upcycled items, including wine glasses, a vase, and table and chairs.
Allison Krenke, president of Mount Mary’s student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, explained upcycling. “Upcycling is where you take something that’s seen its last day and refurbish it, refinish it, maybe reupholster it to do something different to it and give it a new life.”
The primary nonprofit organization the students partner with is Lissy’s Place, a local shelter for homeless/abused women. This opportunity to give back to the community, according to Krenke, is part of the curriculum for the Communication in Design class.
“We work with [Lissy’s Place] every year,” Krenke said. “We try to do as many rooms as we can to give the residents a better place to stay.”
The students work in small groups and are presented with the challenge of refurbishing an entire room for less than $200. The work they do, which ranges from aesthetic improvements to minor construction, requires the students to see the needs of the location and consider the person who resides there in order to create a concept that will drive all of their design choices.
“Because the budget is so limited, we have to upcycle lots of things, find things on discount [or at] rummage [sales] and go shopping at Goodwill,” Krenke said.
Bids can be placed at any time during the show, from noon to 10 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.