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Mar302015

'ReGrowth, at re-for your home's April 3 First Friday event

By Jean Nicholson, co-owner, re-for your home 

We're excited to invite you to ReGrowth, an art show and opening at our store during the River North Art Districts First Friday (http://www.rivernorthart.com/first-fridays) on April 3, 6-9 p.m. 

ReGrowth features the work of Brett Matarazzo of Tarazzo Vintage Original (http://www.tarazzovo.com), showcasing his vintage, reworked and custom furniture and non-traditional dimensional hanging art.

On April 3, meet Brett, see his work and enjoy a little libation.

We first met Brett when he dropped by the store one day. Because his approach to furniture making and art meshes well with our mission of re-sale, re-imagine, re-upholster and re-design, we’re proud to carry his pieces. 

Brett is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in design. Early in his career, he worked in marketing agencies, and that graphic and photographic approach to design influences his furniture making and art. 

A love of Colorado and a personal passion for preserving its beauty is what drew Brett to “use the discarded and repurpose it into something new and beautiful,” he says. Brett’s mixed-media style consists of design, photography, paint and digital heat transfer.

“My work is an exploration and commentary on over consumption and the environmental impact from it,” Brett says. For the past 17 years, he has developed a style for fine art and design that is uniquely vintage, environmentally conscious and inspired, but with modern and functional soul. 

Brett first began reclaiming and recycling discarded items when homeowners in his up-and-coming neighborhood started scraping their lots and building new. Trolling his hood and dumpster diving provided ample resources, although now word-of-mouth is where he gets most of his material. 

Reclaiming even extended to Bretts personal life. While Brett and his date were dressed up and and on their way to a wedding, he spotted some beautiful white cedar planks thrown out of an old Victorian home. Not only did his date not mind that he stopped and gathered the planks, she helped load it into his vehicle. Shes now his wife!

We hope to see you at First Friday April 3. If you cant make the show, stop by the store and see Bretts great work, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m-6 p.m.

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