Stuff gets new life in artwork

Read the full story in the San Antonio Express-News.

She’s surrounded by a maze of cardboard boxes stuffed with a dizzying array of items. There are faded Christmas ornaments, old paint brushes, tarnished trophies, baggies of beads, upholstery swatches, wads of tulle, cookie tins, Formica samples, toilet paper rolls and empty glass jars. Then there are the random objects that defy immediate classification.

But where some might see an emergency trip to the city dump, Cantú sees the makings of art. About two years ago, the petite 34-year-old who teaches at the International Academy of Design & Technology launched spare parts (Cantú doesn’t capitalize the name), an organization that combines her dual passions for arts education and creative reuse. With the help of a network of volunteers, Cantú collects donations of recyclable materials throughout the year, then distributes them free to public school teachers around the city.

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