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As Philadelphia’s creative reuse center it is important to us to connect artists, builders, crafters, and reusers of all kinds by providing not only a place where they can get supplies, but also a space where they can share knowledge. One way we accomplish this is by hosting low cost workshops that are instructed by local artists. Workshops are taught by local artists, usually our current re-Create Featured Artist, and offer instruction and demonstration in the discipline the teaching artist desires with an emphasis on creating with reclaimed materials.

Want to Teach a Workshop!?

If you’re an artist who creates with reused, salvaged, or reclaimed materials and you would like to be a featured artist or teach a workshop at The Resource Exchange, please contact us! We are always looking for new local featured artists and workshop teachers.

  • Workshops

    Our reCreate Featured Artists teach workshops in our store. Our classes have covered sewing, collage, painting, printmaking, and of course our annual DIY holiday gift and decoration making party reJOICE! Click through here to find out the details about past workshops!
  • photo of upcycling workshop with rory cohen

    Up-Cycled Wearable and Displayable Art

    With reCreate Featured Artist Rory Cohen!

    Workshop Goals:
    1. Give yourself permission to explore
    2. Unleash your creativity on everyday items
    3. Create items you can display and wear
  • Storytelling Through Form Invention

    Our first workshop of 2018! Brought to us by reCreate Featured Artist Edelweiss Cardenas in February. Participants used reclaimed yarn, paper, and postcards to create a narrative image through ‘free-doodling’ and collage.
  • Tapestry Loom Making and Weaving

    reCreate Featured Artist, Ripley Nichols, instructed a workshop sharing weaving techniques and how to make their own looms with reclaimed materials in August 2017!
  • Pressless Printmaking and Collage

    reCreate Featured Artist, Sara Mikolowsky, showed workshop participants how to create Xerox transfers and employ wacky mono printing methods for their own artistic creations in May 2017!
  • Pattern Making Basics

    At our Pattern Making Basics Workshop, local costume designer and reCreate Featured Artist of September 2014, Heidi Barr of The Kitchen Garden Series, taught participants to make their own sewing patterns out of old theatre set draftings. Many brought sewing machines and started their garments using reclaimed fabrics.
  • Phony Bologna!

    At our July 2014 reCreate workshop with Featured Artist and local prop and set designer Chris Haig, participants leaned to make faux food with fabrics and other materials salvaged from local film and theatre industries.
  • Crochet with Reclaimed Fabrics

    reCreate Featured Artist of August 2014 lead participants in the meditative practice of crocheting length of salvaged fabrics to add to his "traveling wave" installation.
  • Assemblage sculpture

    Bethany Rose Rusen, local artist, store regular, and reCreate Featured Artist of June 2013 taught an assemblage sculpture workshop in the gallery of our old building on Cedar Street.
  • Frame Making

    Artists from Cambridge Street Studios were featured in our old Cedar Street store's gallery during April of 2013 and taught a workshop on framing with reclaimed moulding.
  • reDiscovering Paper Mache and Collage

    With reCreate Featured Artist of May 2014, Maddie Hewitt. At The Workshop Participants learned to make wheat paste and use salvaged paper materials to collage.

upcoming workshops…


Up-Cycled Wearable/Displayable Art

with reCreate Featured Artist
Rory Cohen
Saturday, March 7th, 1-3pm

Use acrylic paint to turn used or abandoned items into wearable and giftable art. Bring your own items (cleaned leather shoes, boots, jackets, belts) or shop The Resource Exchange for cool things to paint and turn into jewelry.

Workshop Goals: 
1. Give yourself permission to explore.
2. Unleash your creativity on everyday items
3. Create items you can display and wear.

Participants will leave with a small finished piece, or a good start on something, along with ideas of materials to buy and use at home.  Paints, two brushes and fabric medium will be provided.   The brushes will be yours to take home.  Wear clothes you can get paint on.

Workshop fee: $15 per participant. Please call 267-997-0060 or email, info@theresourceexchange.org, to reserve your spot.
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