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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. 

For more information, press only:

Brenda Mott

816-522-4305

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Line-up Announced for 4th-Annual Kansas City Zine Con

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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 Launches New User-Centered Website Designed by Digital Agency, ZIV.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. 

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.

Having a party at Scraps KC

Adopt-A-Class & Support Scraps KC

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Having a party at Scraps KC

Dear Friends of Scraps KC,
The holidays are a perfect time for making dreams come true. It has always been a dream of mine to open Kansas City’s first creative reuse center. As the founder of Scraps KC, thanks to the generous support of many of you, we celebrated our third month in business, just in time to add a dose of inspired creativity to the holidays!

What is a creative reuse center?

Scraps KC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides businesses and industrial centers in greater Kansas City with a place to donate their discarded materials like vinyl, outdoor fabrics, yarn, metals, woods, carpet squares, paper, plastics, cardboard tubes, and much more that would otherwise end up in the landfills. Instead of throwing items into a landfill, businesses donate materials to Scraps KC to be resold to artists, teachers, DIYers, scouts, churches, makers, other individuals and organizations at a dramatically reduced cost. Scraps KC also provides a central location for these individuals and groups to learn about creative reuse and to design works of art for themselves.

Our mission: Inspire creativity in art and education, positively impact the environment, and provide hope for the homeless

In 2016…

  • Scraps KC opened its doors in September with over twenty commercial partners and an inventory of more than 12 tons of materials diverted from the landfills. Yes, that is almost 25,000 pounds!
  • Scraps KC had almost 2,000 people visit the retail location in our first two months to purchase materials, artistically create in the make-and-take studio, host a birthday party, and in some cases generously volunteer their time.
  • Scraps KC provides volunteer opportunities for the homeless with the possibility of earning a paid position. For their time and efforts, they are provided food, clothing, and hygiene items to assist them with everyday living needs. Eight homeless members of our community have logged well over 100 hours of volunteer time through November, and then joined us for Thanksgiving dinner at Scraps so we could show them our tremendous appreciation.

ADOPT A CLASS to enhance the educational opportunities for our students

Schools everywhere struggle to find supplies for everyday classroom needs. Many teachers wonder how they’ll find the supplies needed for an entire school year; research shows that teachers, on average, spend $600 per school year out of their own pocket to close the gap. On December 1st, Scraps KC launched a program to help our teachers and students.

You can adopt a class in the greater KC metro area that is less economically advantaged, and we’ll provide school supplies and other resources to ensure students have what they need for their school projects. All school supplies donated to classrooms have been re-purposed from schools and community members that would otherwise discard the materials. How does this work?

Adopting a classroom or donating online is easy as Scraps KC is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

or the following donation, Scraps KC will provide…

  • $50 provides 1 box of supplies and Scraps KC materials in August for back-to-school
  • $100 provides 1 box of supplies and Scraps KC materials in August for back-to-school AND 1 box of refreshed supplies and materials in January
  • $300 provides 1 box of supplies of Scraps KC materials in August and January AND 1 onsite workshop designed and taught by Scraps KC
  • $500 provides 1 package of school supplies for every student in the class AND a Scraps KC workshop

You can also donate an amount less than $50 and it will be placed in a pool that will accumulate to provide the benefits outlined above.

Our initial goal is to impact AT LEAST 100 local classrooms in 3 months! We will continue our fundraising through the summer and attempt to match that number of classrooms when kids return to school next August.

As you think about your holiday and year-end donations, consider how your funds can go to a local classroom for school supplies that inspire educational possibilities. Also check to see if your company has a matching program to double your donation!

It’s with heart-felt gratitude that I thank all of you for your past and continued support of Scraps KC. YOU make all of our efforts possible and your donations will help us continue our essential work in the community.

Please visit Scraps KC at 1324 W. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, in Kansas City, Mo., adjacent to the 12 th Street Bridge. Scraps KC is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.

We hope you have a blessed holiday season!

Brenda Mott
Executive Director, Scraps KC

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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Kansas City’s First Creative Reuse Center Launches this Week

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Inspired creativity and ingenuity that positively impacts the environment, enhances creativity in art and education and provides hope for the homeless

KANSAS CITY, Mo. This week, Scraps KC opens its doors in Kansas City’s West Bottoms as the first “creative reuse center” in Kansas City, Mo., inspiring upcycling and repurposing of recycled household and industrial materials for a wide variety of creative projects and programs. Scraps KC is now located at 1324 W. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, in Kansas City, Mo., adjacent to the 12th Street Bridge. This new non-profit organization provides Kansas City businesses and industrial centers a place to donate their discarded materials and by-products like vinyl, outdoor fabrics, yarn, metals, woods, carpet squares, paper, plastics, cardboard tubes, and much more that would otherwise end up in the landfills. Instead of throwing items into a landfill, businesses donate materials to Scraps KC to be resold to artists, teachers, DIYers, scouts, churches, makers, other individuals and organizations at a dramatically reduced cost. Scraps KC also provides a central location for these individuals and groups to learn about creative reuse and to design works of art for themselves. Scraps KC opens its doors with an inventory of more than 12 tons of materials diverted from the landfills.

“Scraps KC has a multitude of creative, colorful and useful industrial and household materials that would normally end up in a landfill,” said Brenda Mott, creator and founder of Scraps KC. “Our organization helps the environment by reusing industrial and household discards, offering creative education for all ages, serving as a creative space and materials resource for local artists, while providing workshops or parties for kids and adults of all ages.”


Perfect Timing: Scraps KC Loves Seasonal Opportunities

With Halloween and the holidays approaching, Scraps KC offers individuals and groups the opportunity to make costumes or other decorations or gifts for the holidays. Scraps KC provides pre-made, imagination kits for kids, as well as a “make-and-take space” where families can create with different materials.

“We encourage individuals, families or groups to join Scraps KC on early release from school days, weekends or any day of the week,” Mott continued. “Our assortment of materials inspires participants to make one-of-a-kind decorations, costumes and gifts that are unique to each individual creator and are more meaningful and memorable.”

“Our assortment of materials inspires participants to make one-of-a-kind decorations, costumes and gifts that are unique to each individual creator and are more meaningful and memorable.”

Brenda Mott, Founder, Scraps KC

Donating Materials to Scraps KC

Scraps KC collects materials from interested businesses within a 30-mile radius of Kansas City, sending a van on a regular schedule to collect materials left over from production processes or business operations. The organization is very interested in any overruns, by-products or seconds that could be repurposed. Scraps KC also is open to pick up from businesses located beyond the 30-mile radius if they provide unique and useful materials that are hard to find, or can provide popular materials in greater volumes.

Individuals also can donate materials to Scraps KC. Popular materials include household items, yarn, knitting needles, craft materials (open and partially filled), fabric, sewing notions, buttons, old or broken costume jewelry, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, scrapbook papers, scrapbook materials, loose hardware and gift materials (old wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows). Go to the http://www.ScrapsKC.orgfor a list of ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities for the Homeless

Scraps KC provides volunteer opportunities for the homeless with the possibility of earning a paid position, as well as providing them with food and sanctuary while they work. For their time and efforts, they are provided dignity items to assist them with everyday living needs. These items include athletic socks (new only), wallets, full size deodorant, hand warmers, t-shirts/sweatshirts (M-XXL), men’s underwear (new only), durable backpacks, $10 food gift cards, and day ($3) or monthly ($50) bus passes.

“It was amazing. We had six homeless volunteers who were looking for ways to make a difference and use their skills. These individuals may be homeless, but many still have a desire to contribute to the community. They were an integral part of the moving process, organizing the retail store, sorting through and logging the materials and preparing the store to be ready for its opening.”

Hours for Scraps KC are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesdays Scraps KC is open late, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. To schedule private parties or workshops, go to Activities & Events.

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
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