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BY CHRIS HAGHIRIAN AND BOB MARTIN, MAKER CITY KC CONTRIBUTOR OCTOBER 10, 2019 08:29 AM (original store here)

I love Kansas City and we know how to pack our weekends full of cool events. Every once in a while an event climbs to the top of the pile and demands attention, one of those events is happening this weekend. It’s an inaugural event and fashion show called ReVision, happening this Saturday, October 12. It sounds like the foundation for another great and unique KC event and it’s all happening to give hope and help to the homeless.

A couple weeks ago Maker City KC contributor, Bob Martin, wrote a feature about ScrapsKC. It was my introduction to this amazing organization. They are Kansas City’s first creative reuse center that helps artists and also helps the homeless. Their non-profit store is located at 3269 Roanoke Road and they are an exercise in social entrepreneurism that repurposes donated art supplies and found objects and sells them to provide hope for the homeless.

Scraps KC operates on the funds generated by sales, grants and donations, but more is needed to support its growth. To that end, the facility is presenting its inaugural ReVision Fashion Show from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. Tickets are available HERE and start at $20.

ScrapsKC ReVision: More Than Just a Fashion Show

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Creative Reuse Center Gets Inventive With Waste Diversion

This first of what will become an annual event for ScrapsKC occurred on October 12. The unique occasion called ReVision highlighted the work of their Kansas City creative reuse center. The event – an upcycled fashion show – proved how virtually any item can be repurposed with a little creativity.

While ReVision only takes place one evening a year, it is an extension of what ScrapsKC and recycled materials resource centers around the country strive to do – divert waste from landfills by upcycling to get the most out of materials.

We spoke with ScrapsKC founder and executive director Brenda Mott about the creative reuse center movement and what ReVision meant to the Kansas City community.

Two Young Models Walk the Runway in Upcycled Dresses at the ScrapsKC ReVision Fashion Show.

What Is Upcycled Fashion?

The concept of upcycled fashion stems from the basic definition of upcycling, which is when you take something previously made and repurpose it into something new. So, in the world of clothing and fashion, it is when you create a new piece of clothing by taking an old material and reforming it into a completely new product. While the most common upcycled fashion comes from repurposing everyday clothes — shirts, pants, shoes, etc.— it is not limited to just fabric items. Accessories like hats, necklaces and bracelets are prime candidates for upcycled fashion, too.

The Creative Reuse Center Movement in the US

Recycled material resource centers are making a big impact within their communities by offering used and often donated items at a highly discounted price, making the materials available to more people than ever before.

Brenda Mott, Founder and Executive Director of ScrapsKC

“Reusing materials is a concept that has been around forever and used by many out of necessity. Unfortunately, over time, reuse has given way to a disposable society and primarily a recycling focus which also leaves a carbon footprint on our community.”

Brenda Mott | Founder and Executive Director, ScrapsKC
 

The concept of reusing items and making them available for resale isn’t new. What these resource centers for recycled materials do, though, is take the concepts of reuse and recycling to the next level by not only diverting waste from landfills, but finding ways to incorporate these resources back into the community.

“Each week, we receive 5,000 pounds of donated materials from community members, businesses and manufacturers that must be processed, sorted, organized and put on the floor for resale,” Mott said. “By diverting these materials from the landfill, we are able to sell the items to our community, provide free and inexpensive materials to local teachers and our location acts as a daytime refuge for the homeless.”

While it’s tough to say just how many creative reuse centers exist around the country due to their grassroots nature, Mott said there are few mainstays that anyone wanting to join the movement could use as models. “There are several large creative reuse centers around the U.S. and many of them have been in business for ten or more years.”

Kids Are Taught How to Creatively Reuse Markers.

How ScrapsKC Diverts Waste and Gives Back to Kansas City

In a way, the initial seeds of ScrapsKC were planted when Mott was a child.

“Having grown up with parents who lived through the Depression and World War II, reuse was a lifestyle my family lived; mending clothes, using sour cream containers to store leftovers, creating play from whatever way around,” Mott said.

In 2016, that seed grew into the creative reuse center that has served the Kansas City area since, helping to divert 135 tons of waste from landfills in the process. While the bulk of donations to ScrapsKC come directly from the community it serves, Mott said that she has received materials delivered from other states in the Midwest and even from as far as Arizona and Las Vegas.

Additionally, the success of the center has allowed Mott to connect with the homeless of Kansas City, giving them a creative way to use their abilities.

“After years of teaching and working with the homeless, it became apparent that children and homeless are some of the most creative people who reuse,” Mott said. “From this, Scraps became a way to create a space where everyone is welcome to share and learn with and about each together as we care for our environment.”

In fact, Mott said that ScrapsKC has become a refuge for the homeless, a place where they can be creative, find work and help improve their situations.

ScrapsKC logo.

“The homeless volunteer at ScrapsKC in exchange for food and survival items, in addition to providing them with a purpose and friendship. Our daily operations are greatly supported by the assistance we receive from our homeless friends.”

Brenda Mott | Founder and Executive Director, ScrapsKC
 

As the store continued to grow, so did the opportunities for Mott and ScrapsKC to give back to the Kansas City community, including one of her favorite programs — the School Supply Drive.

“At the end of every school year, we ask schools to collect the supplies that students are throwing away and donate them to us,” Mott explained. “Over the last three years, we have collected over 24,000 pounds of school supplies that would be headed to the landfill.”

Those supplies are then cleaned and repurposed over the summer with the help of volunteers. Once the new school year comes around, the supplies are distributed to area teachers for free.

Brenda Mott, Founder and Executive Director of ScrapsKC

“We have been able to provide free school supplies to over 500 teachers serving more than 12,500 students. It’s a joy to see the excitement of the teachers when they come in to pick out the supplies that they would otherwise have to purchase out of their own pockets.”

Brenda Mott | Founder and Executive Director, ScrapsKC

A Model and Designer Talk at the ScrapsKC ReVision Fashion Show.

ReVision: Fashion with Compassion

The purpose of ReVision was to showcase the creativity of Kansas City and prove that you can find another function for pretty much anything.

Outfits were crafted by designers of all ages from some of the most obscure items that wouldn’t normally be used as clothing materials, if not for the vision of creative people who saw their reuse potential. Among those items were CDs, plasticware and even disposable contact lens cases.

In addition to the excitement from the show itself, Mott said it was amazing to see how the community responded to the event, including one of the homeless women who regularly volunteers at ScrapsKC.

“She took great pride in being able to show our volunteers and guests around the store and help create a fun-filled evening,” Mott said. “At the end of the evening, she couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was and about all of the clothing in the show. The evening gave her a chance to be a leader and an enjoyable evening in a safe environment.”

In the end, Mott said it’s great that the event was enjoyable, but the true proof of its success is seen in the lasting impact that it can have.

ScrapsKC logo.

“During the show, several young children and teens in our audience changed their entire concept about clothing and reuse. We heard many of the youth express excitement about changing their own clothing and wanting to be part of next year’s show.”

Brenda Mott | Founder and Executive Director, ScrapsKC
 

A Little Help Goes a Long Way

The existence of creative reuse centers is a community effort. While there may be only a few that handle the day-to-day operations, it is the volunteers and donations from the community that keep the mission moving forward.

We’re proud to help support ScrapsKC and other nonprofit organizations around the county in their efforts to give back to their communities. Whether it’s through an upcycled fashion show or a neighborhood cleanup, helping others is an idea we will always strive to support.

Curious how some other nonprofits around the country are repurposing and reusing materials? Find out more about efforts in CincinnatiSt. Louis and Atlanta.

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School Supply Giveaway Repurposes Donated Supplies for Teachers

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School is only a few weeks away for many districts, which means teachers are getting their classrooms ready. That’s why ScrapsKC is having its annual school supply giveaway. Watch the video here.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 25, 2019) – School is only a few weeks away for many districts, which means teachers are getting their classrooms ready.

That’s why ScrapsKC is having its annual school supply giveaway.

“Sometimes our teachers need the simplest things, such as a pencil and other times, teachers want to provide extra material. So this allows them to do that without having to pay money for it,” ScrapsKC Executive Director Brenda Mott said.

The organization is a creative reuse center where organizers repurpose donated supplies.

“At the end of every school year, we ask schools to donate supplies that they would otherwise throw away,” Mott said.

This year, they received 8,000 pounds of donated items.

“Sometimes our teachers need the simplest things, such as a pencil and other times, teachers want to provide extra material. So this allows them to do that without having to pay money for it.”

Brenda Mott, Founder, Scraps KC

“Community and homeless volunteers come in and clean and repurpose all the materials, make sure every marker works, make sure every pen works, scrub names off things and we get prepared so that we can give it to teachers,” Mott said.

Art teacher Emily Pfaff said she’s found some pretty unique items for her classroom and students.

“So many things to repurpose, it’s like a treasure hunt,” Pfaff said.

“We’re able to provide that to teachers who want to add a little pizzazz to their classroom or something unique for a classroom lesson,” Mott said.

Pfaff said it’s her seventh year teaching, and this giveaway allows her to be creative.

“They had some different, funky hole punches and stars and so there were so many different materials that the students don’t always use, that was nice to pull out,” Pfaff said.

In the three years the giveaway has existed, ScrapsKC has had roughly 24,000 pounds of supplies donated, which then go to teachers in need for the new school year, rather than the landfill.

“This is just filled with love and we are really excited for the teachers,” Mott said. “It’s our favorite day of the whole year.”

Three-hundred teachers signed up for the two-day giveaway, which will help serve about 7,500 students this upcoming school year.

About Scraps KC

Scraps KC is a non-profit, creative reuse center that strives to reduce industrial waste and home recyclables through the upcycling and creative reimagining of products and materials normally destined for a landfill. Creative reuse is the process of adding creativity to an already manufactured item to produce a new function in dynamic and artistic ways. Discarded items are resold to the public, such as families, teachers, artists, and other groups for further creative reuse. Workshops, birthday parties and other events also are provided by request. Check the website for the latest events at
Scraps KC at ScrapsKC.org or follow Scraps KC on Facebook.

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ReVision – ScrapsKC’s Upcycled Fashion Show

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ScrapsKC and ReVision: The Future – Upcycled Fashion with Compassion Comes to the Runway

Kansas City, Missouri— July 1, 2019 ScrapsKC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit creative reuse center, will host their first annual ReVision Fashion Show on Saturday, October 12th, 2019,  at ScrapsKC’s store location, 3269 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, Missouri.  A philanthropic event like no other in Kansas City, ReVision will combine all parts of the ScrapsKC mission – Reuse /Repurpose, Education, and Homeless Renewal – to highlight the amazing creativity in our metro area. Local designers and artists at all levels will repurpose materials to create entries for the fashion contest which will be displayed on the runway.

 “A repurposed fashion show is a dynamic way to introduce the city to our mission to care for Kansas City’s environment through reuse and to showcase the creative talents of novice to professional designers in the metro,” said Brenda Mott, Executive Director at ScrapsKC.

Tickets for ReVision Available Now!

Tickets are now available for the inaugural ReVision: Fashion with Compassion fashion show fundraiser at  ScrapsKC ReVision: Fashion with Compassion Event.  Pricing is $35.00 for guests 18 and older and $20.00 for guests 17 and younger, with a $5 off early bird discount while supplies last.

Designs Feature Repurposed Materials

Artists and designers of all ages and experience levels submitted designs for consideration in the show, and all designs for this show will be created from primarily post-consumer or repurposed materials and respond to the theme for 2019: FUTURE.   ScrapsKC is providing materials from its store to the entrants for their designs.

 “To continue our mission of diverting waste from the landfill, this event will celebrate how materials can live past their intended purpose. We want to showcase the creativity of the whole community,” said Brenda Mott.  “Reducing, reusing and upcycling are higher value activities we all can engage in to expand our approach to recycling,”

ScrapsKC’s Warehouse will be Transformed as the Event Venue

The shop will be transformed into a futuristic runway, and contestants will exhibit their work for the audience at an all-ages party featuring fare from local restaurants. Creative activities that showcase ScrapsKC’s many capabilities will also be part of the experience.  An awards ceremony, with many different categories, will cap the evening for the First Annual ReVision Fashion Show.  See you at the runway!

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ScrapsKC – A Creative Reuse Center with a Heart for the Community

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ScrapsKC’s mission is to care for Kansas City’s environment, education and homeless through creative reuse.  Since September of 2016, ScrapsKC has diverted over 100 tons of materials from community members, businesses, manufacturers and schools that were destined for the landfill. Additionally, ScrapsKC has reclaimed and repurposed over 15,000 pounds of used school supplies, collected by local schools, and donated them to over 350 teachers in our community. Community and homeless volunteers have spent in excess of 1,500 hours to clean and prepare these supplies so that thousands of children have the tools they need to learn. Scouts and other volunteers have partnered with us to serve over 2,200 breakfast meals on Saturday mornings to hundreds of community members who call the streets home. Additionally, ScrapsKC has welcomed more than 40 unique homeless men and women through their doors to provide love, refuge, food and necessities in return for their help in maintaining the organization ’s expanding facilities. In October 2018 ScrapsKC moved to their new, larger location at 3269 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, MO, so that more materials can be diverted from the landfill and to expand their educational experiences and homeless support services. 

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This KCAI Senior Wants to Save the Planet One Recycled Garment at a Time

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Kansas City Art Institute senior Nina Littrell has created a line of patchwork jackets using discarded fabric.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Julie Denesha, May 1, 2019, original story here) – Nina Littrell, a senior in the fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute, says she wants to start a conversation about the fashion industry and its role in the growing environmental crisis.

In her work, Littrell combines traditional quilting and patchwork design to give discarded textiles a new life in the form of colorful jackets.

The average American throws away about 80 pounds of clothing each year. Littrell says she sees great potential in the items most people toss out.

She says she hopes her new solo show “Zip It and Reverse It” will make people think twice before they discard their old clothes.

“The garments that you throw in the trash don’t just disappear,” says Littrell. ‘They go somewhere and they get buried, or they end up in our oceans or they end up in other countries and they pollute other countries.”

The problem has ballooned in the past 20 years with the rise of fast-fashion houses creating cheap clothing meant to be worn for a single season.

According to the latest figures published by the Environmental Protection Agency, people in the United States generated 16 million tons of textile waste in 2015. That same year, 10.5 million tons of textiles were dumped in landfills.

Littrell finds much of the cast-off fabric she uses at local recycling centers like ScrapsKC, The Goodwill Outlet and Fabric Recycles. So it seems appropriate that one of her haunts, ScrapsKC, will host her senior show.

Helping people discover new ways to use items that might have found their way to a landfill is a big part of the mission at ScrapsKC. The nonprofit takes in surplus office and art supplies and regularly offers workshops to show people how to use them creatively. In the past two years, the organization says, it has saved 100 tons of material from the trash.

“We’d like to showcase artists who have used repurposed materials in their work, to get the word out about us but to demonstrate to families what they can do with recycled items.”

Brenda Mott, Founder, Scraps KC

Brenda Mott, Executive Director of Scraps KC, says their new location, in a large warehouse on Roanoke Road, offers more space to allow creatives to show off their work.

“We’d like to showcase artists who have used repurposed materials in their work, to get the word out about us but to demonstrate to families what they can do with recycled items,” says Mott.

Littrell says she wants the opening of her show to be a chance for people to see that they can make their clothing last a little longer; to that end, she’ll be on hand with her sewing machine to repair minor rips and tears.

For Littrell, who grew up in Kansas City, this is a chance to share the jackets she makes with the greater community. All of the jackets in the show will be available to try on.

“It’s an easy thing to try them on and play dress up for awhile,” says Littrell. “Which I’m really hoping will happen at my show. I want it to be a giant dress party.”

“Zip It and Reverse It” opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and will be on display through May at ScrapsKC, 3269 Roanoke Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

Julie Denesha is a freelance photographer and reporter for KCUR. Follow her on Twitter, @juliedenesha.

About Scraps KC

Scraps KC is a non-profit, creative reuse center that strives to reduce industrial waste and home recyclables through the upcycling and creative reimagining of products and materials normally destined for a landfill. Creative reuse is the process of adding creativity to an already manufactured item to produce a new function in dynamic and artistic ways. Discarded items are resold to the public, such as families, teachers, artists, and other groups for further creative reuse. Workshops, birthday parties and other events also are provided by request. Check the website for the latest events at
Scraps KC at ScrapsKC.org or follow Scraps KC on Facebook.

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Workshops, DJs, and Featured Exhibitors announced for the 4th-Annual Kansas City Zine Con – The Midwest’s DIY Publishing Fest

KANSAS CITY, MO – 2018 Kansas City Zine Con organizers have announced the Featured Exhibitors, Workshop Schedule and DJ Lineup for this year’s DIY Publishing Festival. Workshops will include sessions on DIY event-planning, making zines with children, garden planning, and Civil Disobedience. The list of Featured Tablers and guest DJs includes small presses from Tacoma, WA and Omaha, NE; artists from Warrensburg, MO and Colorado Springs, CO; and zinesters from here in the Kansas City metro.

The 4th annual Kansas City Zine Con will take place on Saturday, September 8th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at UMKC’s Pierson Auditorium. The event is free and open the public. KC Zine Con is the Midwest’s DIY Publishing Fest. Zines are DIY publications, traditionally made using a copy machine. Participants at KC Zine Con will exhibit, sell, and trade their independently published zines, comix, books, newspapers, anthologies, tracts, pamphlets, and DIY radical readables of many forms. “At this free event, anyone can come and wander the tables, chat with the incredible artists, make a whole host of new friends, and get tons of zines,” shares conference organizer Dayna Meyer.

2018 Zine Con Workshops

“I’m excited about this year’s workshops. In the spirit of promoting the DIY community, we asked the zine community to propose their own ideas” says conference organizer Stephanie Iser. “Through surveys and outreach, we were able to gather input about what people want to learn and what people can teach others.” This year’s conference includes a workshop for educators and caregivers about the benefits of making zines with children as well as the practical how-to. “We will also have hands-on workshops about making zine covers, gardening with zines, and participating in a local letter writing project called Community Post”.

“Personally speaking, I am very excited to hear r.logios from Logios Press speak about personal zines”.  Words as a Weapon: the Art and Soul of Personal Zines, is a workshop that will invite audience members to listen to a “performance panel” of zine readings. The description states that “audience members will hear readings by personal zine authors and learn how to use words to fight back.” r. Logios writes perzines about identity, existential semi-crises, and saving yourself through the power of words.

For conference goers that want to try organizing their own zine thing, they can learn from those who have already done it. The How to Do It Yourself with Omaha Zine Fest workshop is a presentation with a Q&A about how Omaha Zine Fest was started. The organizers also plan to share information about the creation of their distro, as well as the challenges they’ve faced as two non-cis and non “white-dude” organizers in Omaha, NE. Omaha Zine Fest organizers Andrea Kszystyniak and Daphne Calhoun work at Omaha-area nonprofits. In addition to their love of zines, they share matching zine tattoos.

At the Community Post Workshop led by Emily Cox, people can learn about Community Post, a spontaneous experimental postal network, and the history of sending letters. In addition to this, people can write & send letters of their own via ComPost. Emily H. Cox is a writer and a librarian. She enjoys thinking about power & the flow of information, and also watching Dirty Dancing on repeat.

Cover Up Your Zine is a hands-on workshop presented by ScrapsKC. Leather, paper, maps, and scraps will be available for working on the perfect zine cover. They will also host an all-day crafting room during the run of festival. ScrapsKC is a nonprofit creative reuse center and retail store that inspires creativity in art and education, positively impacts the environment, and provides hope for the homeless.

Ana Maldonado and Rev. Rose Schwab will be presenting a workshop on Civil Disobedience: Tricks, Traps, and Trials. Maldonado and Schwab are activists who were intimately involved with six consecutive weeks of civil disobedience in Kansas last spring, and are residents of Kansas and involved with the Poor People’s Campaign.

Virginia Zetmeir and Abigail Walden are educators who work with children and think zines are an amazing way to empower children to create, take ownership, and get more comfortable with reading and text. They will be presenting a workshop for families, educators, and caregivers about Making Zines with Kids.

Taylor Fourt will be walking people through the how-to’s and dont-do’s of annual garden planning in a zine workshop about Garden Planning with Zines. The workshop will come with a complimentary zine and some seasonal veggies!

For a complete listing of workshops, please visit http://kczinecon.org/workshops

Featured Exhibitors

Each year, conference organizers select zinesters, artists, distros and small-presses to showcase their work as the featured exhibitors of the Zine Con. This year’s Featured Exhibitors are: Omaha Zine Fest Distro (Omaha, NE), Neelybat Chestnut from Mend My Dress Press (Tacoma, WA), SugarBeans Shop (Kansas City, MO), Casey Babb (Warrensburg, MO), Kels Choo (Colorado Springs, CO), Logios Press & Distribution (Lincoln, NE), Taylor Fourt (Kansas City, MO), and HearQueer (Kansas City, MO).

The Omaha Zine Fest Distro table will display zines, art, patches, and other items of note by zinesters from Nebraska and the surrounding areas.

Mend My Dress Press is a small publisher and zine distributor specializing in anthologies of zines, small art books, investigative social pieces, and authors from Tacoma, WA.

SugarBeans Shop owners believe that creativity breeds possibility. From dream guides, to coloring books, their zines come with a sprinkle of sweet and a dash of dark humor.

Casey Babb – the designer of this year’s Zine Con poster – will distribute zines, mixed media, and collage at his table.

Kels Choo’s work is heavily influenced by nostalgia, monsters, magic, and whimsy.

Logios is a tiny zine press & distro specializing in works (mainly personal zines) that exemplify the practice of saving yourself with the power of your own words.

Taylor Fourt is an artist from “Sweet Home Alabama” currently living in Kansas City, MO. She has been busying herself within KC’s arts and agricultural communities and acts as Programming Director at Manheim Gardens, a local urban farm.

HearQueer is a zine that amplifies queer voices in music through interviews, album reviews, and playlists creation.

In addition to the featured exhibitors, over a hundred zine makers and artists will be on site to exhibit and share their comix, booklets, zines, and art at the conference.

DJs, Sponsors & Organizers

Zine Con continues their tradition of hosting local DJs to provide the necessary beats to get through a long day of zine-swapping and shopping. 2018 DJs include: DJ Xavier, a local music producer,  DJ Dusty, whose focus is on gay minimal wave/new wave and DIY queer dance punk, and DJ Piper, a KKFI volunteer and host/producer of many shows including Global Roots Radio.

KC Zine Con is produd to be sponsored by Neither/Nor Zine Distro, LaBudde Special Collections, ScrapsKC, Broadway Roasting Company, It’s a Beautiful Day, Revolution Records, InnerSpace Yoga, Oddities Prints, One More Cup, and the Johnson County Library.

The 2018 KC Zine Con Organizers are Jessica Hogan, Dayna Meyer, Katie Hogan, Stephanie Iser, Isidoro Leon, Bev Davidson, and JC Sparks.

“I’m really excited about the social events leading up to the big day!,” says conference organizer Jess Hogan “ We’ve built a lot of momentum over the last 4 years to the point that we have consistently been holding events during the off season and in the months leading up to this year’s con. We facilitated a mini zine workshop in the fall at Imagine That!, hosted a perzine (short for personal zine) workshop at Cherry Pit Collective, collaborated with the Community Post project at Open House, hosted a Teen Zine Club at the Johnson County Library, provided interactive programming at The Drugstore’s open studio, are facilitating a Catalog-a-thon to kick off the Neither/nor Zine Library, and are having a Bingo/”Zingo” night at the Brick. To sum it up, I’m excited that our community is thriving! As an annual one day event, KC Zine Con is able to expose folks to zines, an accessible and versatile medium, which has the lasting effects of empowering individuals and building community year round.”

“I’m excited that our community is thriving! As an annual one day event, KC Zine Con is able to expose folks to zines, an accessible and versatile medium, which has the lasting effects of empowering individuals and building community year-round.”

Jess Hogan, conference organizer

Why Zines? Why a Zine Con?

2018 Zine Con Organizers have worked hard to secure funding, partnerships, and sponsors because they believe zines and the community around them are important. They believe that  zine makers deserve a space to share their ideas with others. Being a KC Zine Con organizer allows me to help build a space where connections and interactions can happen. Every Zine Con I am always most excited for that moment when I walk into the Con and see the event in full swing,” shares organizer Katie Hogan.  “I love seeing the place alive with tablers and visitors and everyone bustling with conversations and questions and curiosity.  It truly amazes me every time!  It’s inspiring to me to see so many people come together to share their ideas and creativity with one another.”

When asked why she supports zines and zine making, organizer Stephanie Iser states, “When zines are created and shared, we create a community of ideas where everyone’s voice and experience matters. They can be a powerful tool that gives voice. Everyone has something of value to contribute and a zine is a powerful way to express that.” Conference organizer Isidoro Leon adds, “Now more than ever there is an urgent need to learn to express your ideas, make noise, write them and share them with anyone who wants to read it.”

When asked why she is involved with organizing, Jess Hogan shared, “I am so passionate about zines!  They have been an obsession of mine since I first discovered their magic. “Finding” something that’s existed longer than I have that makes me feel connected to people locally and globally has acted as a safety net that has comforted, encouraged, and inspired me. Cultivating alternatives in a society that teaches homogeny is what motivates and excites me about zine culture. Organizing KC Zine Con is an opportunity to share my passion of independent publishing with others. I know first hand how empowering and accessible zines are and want to share them with everyone!  I’m so proud of this event and feel that the DIY community we are building is a great asset for anyone seeking authentic connections.”

“I like the fact that it is growing every year and that there is a younger generation discovering what zines are all about and really being into it,” concluded Isidoro Leon.  

For more information, please visit http://kczinecon.org

To access download KC Zine Con poster art or images of featured tablers and organizers, please visit our Press Page.

Please direct all media inquiries to: KC Zine Con kczinecon@gmail.com

or call 817.781.4203

About Scraps KC

Scraps KC is a non-profit, creative reuse center that strives to reduce industrial waste and home recyclables through the upcycling and creative reimagining of products and materials normally destined for a landfill. Creative reuse is the process of adding creativity to an already manufactured item to produce a new function in dynamic and artistic ways. Discarded items are resold to the public, such as families, teachers, artists, and other groups for further creative reuse. Workshops, birthday parties and other events also are provided by request. Check the website for the latest events at
Scraps KC at ScrapsKC.org or follow Scraps KC on Facebook.

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ScrapsKC, a non-profit creative reuse center and retail store, launched its newly designed website www.scrapskc.org. The organization sought a firm to design, develop and implement a new ScrapsKC website in order to increase awareness of what they do and provide visitors with a better online experience.

ScrapsKC awarded the UX (user experience) agency ZIV the contract. ZIV, founded in 2004, provides organizations with solutions grounded in a customer focused perspective. With the new ScrapsKC website serving as the non-profit’s primary communication tool to a variety of customer types, it was important to ensure the site was structured in the most optimal way to inform the community about volunteer opportunities, education around reuse and repurpose, retail store information and homeless and school support programs.

“With a heart and passion for the work ScrapsKC does,” says Cara Miller, Founder and Chief Creative Strategist for ZIV, “we were eager to dive in and ensure the website optimally communicated every way this great organization touches the KC community. With a full curation of content, an updated look, and user centered navigation, ScrapsKC can better tell the story of how their work changes people, places and things, and most importantly how the community can get involved.”

“ScrapsKC seeks partners that are positively inspired to support our mission around education, environmental sustainability, and the homeless” says Executive Director Brenda Mott. “ZIV has created a dynamic new website for Scraps that produces a stimulating user experience, expanding awareness and promoting action that enables progress within our communities in and around Kansas City.”

Visit the redesigned website at www.scrapskc.org to learn more about ScrapsKC and explore the new website.

About ZIV:
ZIV has offices in greater Kansas City and Denver, CO. Whether it’s creating a brand, implementing a digital solution to disrupt an industry, transforming a customer’s experience to gain loyalty, or executing a marketing strategy for needed growth – they’ve got you covered. Explore their capabilities and past work at letsziv.com.

For media inquiries or for further information please contact Lyssa Surface, Lyssa.surface@letsziv.com.