Reclaimed Materials turned into GOLD!

Former reCreate Featured Artist Kristie Landry found all the materials she needed at the Resource Exchange to create a beautiful 50th wedding anniversary party for her parents. Amongst the materials she found at the re were envelopes, wrapping paper, a hole punch, fabric, a photo album, decorative paper and rub-on letters. “My parent’s 50th anniversary party was supplied by the Resource Exchange from top to bottom!” She made invitations for the 50th (gold) anniversary party by using gold envelopes that were embossed with someone else’s name and wedding dates. She used a decorative paper hole punch to remove the old names … Continue reading

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Making Materials Matter

As makers, we can make a lot of waste. But there are creative solutions for artists and fabricators, from sourcing more sustainable materials to diverting reusable resources from the waste stream. This week, NextFab and The Resource Exchange got together to host an open forum focused on sustainability in the arts. Local artists, organizations, businesses, and city representatives discussed the benefits and challenges of making sustainably. Moderated by Grid Magazine‘s Alex Mulcahy, the panel of special guests led the room in talking about art and its contributions to the waste stream. Attendees and panel members alike shared their experiences of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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