From Reclaimed Trinkets to Philanthropic Zombies

When it comes to relaxing, some people might opt for taking a walk along the Wissahickon or spending a quiet night in. Local artist and educator, Kelsey Romano, has a somewhat different approach. Her process of "zombifying" reclaimed trinkets enables her to make some seriously cool art while helping an incredible organization in the process.

"I’m a special education teacher in Philly, which means I’m really stressed out most of the time. Going on adventures to Resource Exchange and random thrift stores to find interesting statues to zombify is my form of therapy."

"Something about taking something unloved with a milky white face and turning it into a bloody, putrid horror is really relaxing to me. The zombies look great peaking out from bookshelves or scaring away family members."

10% of Kelsey's zombie sales are donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

You can check out Kelsey's work in person at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) and Frankford Ave Arts "Last Friday Halloween Celebration"! Happening Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM.

Her zombies are also available on her Etsy shop page.

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