karen and Anthony carboard project

Anthony C. & Karen M.’s Paper Planes

Anthony C. & Karen M.   Anthony and Karen are Philadelphia artists (and re shoppers, naturally) who work with found materials.  They spotted the large stretcher we had here and were able to utilize it with their piece, “Paper Planes”: “Thank you for the beautiful stretcher. We added our cardboard piece and the stretcher became part of the piece; It’s titled ‘Paper Planes.’ We are always looking for alternative ways to [display] art. Our goal is to push boundaries in the traditional art world.” Thanks so much for sharing your work with us – we can’t wait to see more!  

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brieon's student's with buttons 3

teaching with buttons!

The Resource Exchange saves all kinds of things from landfill, from large, hand crafted scenery pieces, to tiny craft items. Some of the tiniest things we always have are buttons! There are hundreds of buttons in the store and it’s always neat to see how our creative customers reuse them. Like local educator Brieon Levin Jackson, who reuses buttons in her classroom. “My class of three and four year olds love beads. I’ve never had a class that was so content to sit and string beads onto pipe cleaners. It’s a great fine motor skill activity for their little fingers … Continue reading

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instrument making

instrument making

Local artist Nadia Botello teaches young students how to make musical instruments. But that’s not all! She specifically teaches them about music and art through the reuse of materials. Nadia recently taught one of these workshops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where students learned about sound through the use of materials like rubber bands, foam, tape, tissue boxes, bobby pins, and various reclaimed odds and ends that she found here at The Resource Exchange. Now that’s creative reuse! Find out more about Nadia’s interests in sounds on The Adsono Project page, and more about her work on her website. … Continue reading

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