This summer brings a change of scenery at the CREMA mothership: a full-wall installation courtesy of our own Stephanie Greene, barista and artist. We picked Stephanie’s brain about her process, how the idea came about and what’s been her favorite part of the whole journey.
There is so much taking we do on a daily basis. We take in the atmosphere around us, take what is being offered us, and even take from limited resources that can’t afford to be taken from. It’s wired into our everyday culture. But what if we gave more than we took? What if we opened our eyes to what’s going on around us and looked for needs to fill, hoping that we could someday wire into our everyday culture the act of giving.
It’s inevitable, coffee has to go in cups. Too often in paper cups. Those cups need lids. And those doughnut-smudged faces must be wiped clean with paper napkins, so many, many napkins. When our cargo pockets bulge with croissants and our fanny packs bemoan another muffin we must carry our secret joys in a more conspicuous paper container, our happy box. Our joys add up and all those gleefully soiled papery and used plastic thingys become something. A big something. To be exact, it’s 28 tons of something… each and every year at CREMA. We checked, and it turns out that’s a rather MASSIVE pile.