Alison looking through set house window

Light as a Feather?

Things are not always as they appear when you save items from the film and theatre industry… This wall may be the only brick wall the “Big Bad Wolf” can blow down. At 5 pounds, this faux brick wall can be creatively used in a theater set. This very realistic wall is made of 100% recycled materials and is really easy to paint. Can you think of anything smaller than a single strand of thread? But when many single strands find themselves wrapped around spools and thrown collectively into a single bin, they begin to add up. These spools come together to … Continue reading

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The Resource Exchange + Teaching Art through Literacy Program

Art Teacher Janice Pinkson brought in these wonderful photos of how West Philadelphia K-5 students in her Teaching Art Through Literacy program reCreated with our reclaimed fabric remnants, art papers and decorations! According to Janis, becoming an art teacher for the School District of Philadelphia taught her “that if I wanted to do anything meaningful with my students, I would have to use my well-learned improvisational skills to provide them with materials. After teaching art for many years, I’ve come to appreciate the freshness and spontaneity of art made by children and hope to someday regain that same freedom of self-expression.” Thanks so … Continue reading

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Victoria Blithe

Victoria Blithe is a Philadelphia-based photographer whose studio is in the nearby Paper Box Studios. She writes, “Surrealism and conceptualism are at the heart of what I love to do in photography.” Victoria’s conceptual and fashion portraiture often feature creative costumes, make-up, body embellishments, props and backdrops and she recently visited The Resource Exchange looking for materials to use in her photo shoots. She sent us this picture, which uses as a backdrop one of the giant pink umbrellas that we salvaged from the Philadelphia Flower Show! Our collaboration with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, began at the end of the 2013 … Continue reading

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