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Christina is a life-long reuse, upcycling, and preservation enthusiast with a professional practice in fine art conservation. When they’re not busying themselves learning the day-to-day operations of Creative Reuse, they can be found working on regional restoration projects including traditional paintings, public outdoor sculpture, historic decorative arts, and beloved garment repair. Christina has found their place in Creative Reuse, at the crossroads of their formal materiality studies, purposeful repetitive processes, and a “use what ya got” philosophy. They have lived in the Pittsburgh region for 10 years, by way of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Find them scouring the bottom shelves for treasures, with their nose in a book, or on their (much neglected) Instagram @christina_snacktasha.
Cammie is the Creative Manager, and has worked at Creative Reuse for over eight years! Wow! She has a passion for all things camp and kitsch, and likes to draw, paint, and create makeshift costumes from reused materials. Cammie believes that material reuse is a way to combat the current climate crisis and also keep art-making accessible to everyone, plus it’s just, like, totally cool, dude.
Fun facts: Cammie loves watching movies (especially horror) and has a cat named Griffin who is sort of mean (but very cute.)
You can see Cammie’s art on her Instagram: @Cammmieb.
James moved to Pittsburgh in 2017 and has met a lot of great people and friends along the way! He joined the Creative Reuse team in 2023 and loves hearing all about the customers’ projects and ideas, and helping out in any way that he can. He is really excited to work with such a lovely staff in a space where he can grow and learn more ways to be sustainable, reduce waste, and be a more active member of his community. His favorite section in the store are all the sections with cute little trinkets! In his free time, James loves trying new foods, sightseeing around Pittsburgh, and playing board games! His recent favorites have been Paladins of the West Kingdom and Ortus Regni. If you’re designing any board games or just interested in discussing board games, James would love to talk more over Instagram @jems_kim!
Daniel is the Materials Coordinator and has worked at Creative Reuse since 2012. He likes to create found object assemblages with Western and/or animal themes. His favorite materials come from the drawers of the card catalog (plastic animals, googly eyes, and other bits ‘n pieces). Daniel also likes to bake and recently he’s been experimenting with various flavor combinations. You can find Daniel’s creative projects (and cupcakes) on his website danielshapiroart.com and Instagram @cowboygoods.
Originally from the deep south, Leigh has been in Pittsburgh since 2020 and at Creative Reuse since 2023. Leigh’s interest in sustainability runs deep and she believes that reuse and repair are the most direct way we can lower our impact. Between her formal art education, professional marketing/museum/production experience, and many, many hobbies, she has accumulated many nuggets of knowledge that are now put to good use at Creative Reuse. Leigh’s hobbies include illustration, fiber crafts, sewing, vintage jewelry/artifact collection, and gardening. Her favorite sections of the shop include the vintage and fabric sections. Check out her work on Instagram: illustrations @leighyostwillz and fiber ventures @leighknits.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Creative Reuse also has a dedicated, creative, and engaged Board of Directors:
Kelsy Black, Board President, Luma Health
Sarah Kipling McKay, Board Vice President, The Education Partnership
Brian Savolskis, Board Treasurer, Highmark Health / HM Health Solutions
Omoye Aikhuele, Board Secretary, City of Pittsburgh
Michelle Wion Chitty
Alicia Donner, Financial Empowerment Center
Raphaela Esposito, Selvedge Threads LLC
Shelby Mastovich, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Sarah Mayer, Shift Collaborative
Erin Palmer, Public Consulting Group
Maggie Zurbruegg-Ramey, Kendra Scott