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The Resource Exchange + The Arden Theatre Company: Celebrating Years of Saving Sets!

In 2012 The Resource Exchange and The Arden Theatre Company saved tons of lengths of rough cut poplar and giant barn doors from their production of Charlotte’s Web. Donating the lumber to The Resource Exchange instead of sending it to landfill enabled our creative customers to reuse the wood in local projects. The barn doors were given a second life in The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s warehouse space, and we were thrilled when Little Berlin decided to use the poplar to build their community vegetable garden. The lumber was used in a number of interior design projects, furniture, and even in the … Continue reading

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Delphi Art Partners and George W. Sharswood School: “I AM Sharswood” Mural Project

The Resource Exchange team is so excited about this project from Andrew Christman and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Delphi Partners Program, which utilized reclaimed materials for their mural at George W. Sharswood School in South Philadelphia. We appreciate Andrew Christman’s passion and enthusiasm for the project and for incorporating reclaimed materials found at the re. We warmly welcome him as a guest contributor on our blog!  My name is Andrew Christman, I am a teaching artist who works with middle school students throughout  Philadelphia through the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Delphi Art Partners Program. I am very grateful to … Continue reading

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Inspired by Fashion: Creative Reuse at the PMA!

Fiber artist Eric Anthony Berdis recently shared his creative reuse talents to inspire these capes made with patches designed by Eric and reclaimed materials at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Family Festival! The Family Festival took place on the Pay What You Wish Sunday at the museum in December. Visitors and their families were invited to participate in this workshop inspired by Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibit Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now. The exhibit features “how designers have used color and pattern, shape and volume, draping, metallics, and embellishments to continually reinvent the art form.” “Family Festivals showcase local and nationally … Continue reading

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