I have this idea of travelling all over to visit people doing Trashmagination stuff. I’m going to keep a running list of places I want to see for the day I go.
The keywords I use when searching for these people are:
- American Made
- Collaborative Working Space
- Creative Recycling
- Etsy Recycled
- Fiber Art Center
- Folk Art Center
- Maker Faire
- School of Crafts
- Textile Center
EVENTS IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
- Maker Faire – All over the world
- Renegade Craft Fair – “Indie” craft fair in Austin, Chicago, San Fransisco, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London
- Alabama Chanin – This visionary has a factory of organic cotton design awesomeness in Florence.
- The Resource Place – A place for teachers & caregivers to get recycled materials in Mobile
- Cedar Mueller Art – In Canmore, makes bears, horses and other large animals from cut up recycled vehicles
- Sustainable Slow – In Edmonton, I would love to meet Deb Merriam who founded The Local Good and does rug hooking
- The Rabbit’s Lair – In Rogers – I like that they call themselves a creative fiber center
- Crossing Threads – I would like to meet weavers Lauren and Kassandra Hernandez
- Kristen Chursinoff – amazing fabric artist in Vancouver
- Lucy Poskitt – I would love to meet this weaver in Victoria
- A Place to Grow – Greenhouses made from recycled windows & building supplies – in San Luis Obispo
- Arribacycle – A collective of Latino parents in Oakland who make things from recycled materials
- Brightworks – At this school in San Fransisco, the kids really take ownership of their learning. They study subjects in “arcs” where each child takes some aspect and runs with it. I really want to do the silk scarf dancing from the ceiling.
- Camp Couture – A camp for people who want to make clothing from recycled materials in San Mateo
- Chimera Arts and Maker Space – A place for makers of all types to get together in Sebastopol
- Couch Guitar Straps – Guitar straps from recycled seat belts in Long Beach
- Crochet by Kait – I would like to meet weaver Kaitlyn Taylor in Long Beach
- East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse – connecting people with reusable art supplies – in Oakland
- FabMo – Taking designer fabric scraps, collecting them and having a monthly event for designers – in Mountain View
- Fallen Fruit – A project by two artists mapping the locations of fruit trees on public lands
- Maranoni – I would love to meet quilter and home goods designer Lorena Marañon in Los Angeles.
- Nine Lives Products – This company is finding cool products to make from recycled styrofoam, in Berkeley – they make Glu6
- People Towels – I have given these gifts so many times – I would love to meet Mary Wallace and Linda Lannon in Monterey
- Rare Hare Studio – They host fairs that encourage creative recycling around the San Diego area.
- Re-Create – Less trash & more art – great slogan – in Roseville
- Rediscover Center – Connecting educators & caregivers with recycled materials in Los Angeles
- Renga Arts – In Sebastapol, furniture and random sculptures from recycled materials
- Resource Area for Teaching – At a warehouse in San Jose, teachers can get recycled materials and curriculum ideas.
- Ruth’s Table – A place for creative people to come together in San Fransisco
- Scrap – The first of the “scrap” places which turn factory ends into art materials, located in San Fransisco
- Sherri Lynn Wood – This incredible creative reuse fiber artist lives in Oakland
- Sticky Art Lab – In Berkeley, a place for makers to get together
- The Away Station – In Fairfax
- This Into That – Artist Jim Rosenau makes shelves & furniture from books in Berkeley.
- Tinkering Studio, Exploratorium – In San Fransisco, a group of inventors and creators
- Trash Amps – Speakers made from recycled materials like aluminum cans – in the Bay area
- Trash for Teaching at Two Bit Circus Foundation – In Fresno
- Wishi Washi Studio – I would love to meet bookmaker and quilter Jody Alexander in Santa Cruz
- Green Guru Gear – Upcycled bicycle parts and climbing ropes in Boulder
- Rebecca Mezoff Tapestry – I would love to meet weaver Rebecca in Fort Collins
- Reframe Creative Reuse Center – in Lakewood
- Repurposed Materials – In Henderson, Damon Carson connects industrial waste with new uses
- The Makerie – A place for artists and makers to come together in Boulder
- Who Gives a Scrap – creative reuse centers in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs
- Whole Circle Studio – I would like to meet quilter Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill in New Haven.
- Thomas Dambo – This creative reuse artist lives in Copenhagen.
DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
- Fab Lab DC – A place where you can make just about anything related to technology
- Scrap DC – Takes donated art materials and makes them available for low costs
- Repurpose Project – in Gainesville
- Trash to Treasure Creative Reuse Center – in Fort Lauderdale
- Upcycle Exchange – in St. Petersburg
- Vita Marie Lovett – This artist stitches layers on to canvas to make it look like old barn doors, in Marietta
- Little Herb Bouquet – I would love to meet innovative embroidery design Veselka Bulkan in Munich
- Community Art Cart – an organization that encourages people to create art carts of recycled craft materials, like the Little Free Library movement
- Creative Reuse Warehouse – In Chicago, connected with a lot of other cool resources such as urban farming
- Growing Power – Very cool program that teaches people urban farming – Will and Erika Allen are super inspiring human beings
- Resweater – She makes lots of things from old sweaters in Geneva
- Sarah Nishiura Quilts – So yummy – I read about her in Martha Stewart magazine – she is in Chicago
- Pattern Workshop – Lauren Dahl offers courses on how to design patterns
- Sayaka Ganz – a recycling artist in Fort Wayne
- Teachers’ Treasures – Allows teachers from schools with low-income students to get free supplies
- Make It Yours Upcycle Center – in Welton Iowa
- Good Garbage – a creative reuse center in Louisville
- A Gathering of Stitches – A making space for fiber and textile artists in Portland
- Anne Riggs Designs – She makes wonderful items that reduce trash use in the home
- EcoSeaTile – Tiles made from recycled materials at Mount Desert
- Haystack Mountain School of Crafts – In Deer Isle, you can take craft classes in so many topics.
- Parris House Wool Works – I would like to meet rug hooking artist Beth Miller in South Paris
- Scrapwood Renaissance – Metal sculpture in Biddeford
- Weaving a Life – In Brookville, Susan teaches people how to become weaving instructors so they can return to their own communities and share the fun.
- Broken Plates Pendant Company – In Baltimore, she makes jewelry from broken plates.
- Alchemy Initiative – Located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, some folks transformed a church into an arts collective, with classes around the Berkshires.
- Gather Here Stitch Lounge – In Cambridge, a place where people who love fiber can work
- Mimi Kirchner – I would love to visit this innovative dollmaker in the Boston area.
- Nancy’s Gone Green – Two stores, in Roslindale and Brookline Village, rejuvenate vintage and other clothing
- The Beautiful Stuff Project – free materials for creative reuse by teachers & students – in Somerville
- Sharon McCartney – love her fiber work, especially when it looks so true to nature – in Belcherville
- Arts and Scraps – In Detroit, a place for artists to get inexpensive supplies
- Boots N’ Gus – Lighting from glass jars and kitchen ware in Grand Haven
- Figjam Studio – I would love to meet creative reuse artist Kerry Heath in Coldwater
- Green Sheep – She takes wool sweaters and makes them into blankets
- Green Sheep Felt – She also takes woolen sweaters and makes them into fun stuff, in Dearborn
- Scrap Box – In Ann Arbor, they gather factory ends and other bits for artists, as well as offering classes.
- Combed Thunder – I would love to meet weaver Natalie Novak.
- Creative Chicks Cafe and the Old School Art Studio – In Afton, a group of people who do creative things together
- Smooth Hills Weaving – I would love to meet weaver Mandi Smethells in St. Paul.
- Textile Center of Minnesota – I love to see all the classes they develop.
- Ashley L. Thurman – I would love to meet this fiber artist in St. Louis.
- Lily & Gus – Adorable stuffed toys from recycled fibers – love the whales!
- St. Louis Teacher Recycle Center – I love this trend of gathering materials for teachers.
- Upcycle Exchange – In St. Louis
- The Teacher’s Exchange – This program is run by the Public Education Foundation in Las Vegas and connects teachers with materials.
- Norton’s Cove Studio – Janet Davis’ studio – I love her work, expecially her hooked rugs – especially Clifford’s Educational Fund – in Brookfield
- Dorr Mill Store – In Newport, a Mecca for rug hooking artists
- Sarah K. Benning – I would love to meet this illustrious embroidery designer in Hillsborough
- dordesign – In Rumson, she makes furniture from recycled billboards.
- Group Hug Quilts – Handmade quilts, personalized, in Cranbury
- Middle Brook Fiberworks – I would love to meet spinner and weaver Anne Choi and take classes in her beautiful studio.
- Peters Valley Craft Center – In Layton, there are 2-5 day classes that make me swoon
- Terracycle – Some day I would really love to visit the design headquarters for this company I have admired for years, in Trenton – their goal is to “eliminate the idea of waste”
- Adirondack Folk School – At Lake Luzerne, workshops in all the crafts you want to learn.
- Aly Parrott – I would love to meet embroidery artist Aly Parrott in Albany
- Aurora Shoe Company – Leather is all from the United States, shoes are all handmade – in Aurora
- Crazy As A Loom – I visited this amazing weaving school & recycled fiber artist – she is phenomenal outside Glens Falls.
- Finger Lakes Re-Use – In Ithaca, they have a ReUse Art Show and a center where you can get materials.
- First World Trash – bags from billboards, seat belts, inner tubes in Queens
- Haptic Lab – In Brooklyn, Emily Fischer makes quilts I want to touch.
- Materials for the Arts – In New York, run by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, this connects artists with stuff, and a group called “Friends of Materials for the Arts” teach classes with that re-used stuff.
- NYC Wastematch – Run by the Department of Sanitation, this site matches waste to people who want it. This should exist everywhere!
- Paisley Studio – I would like to meet rug hooking artist Sarah McNamara
- Skraptacular – A community group that hosts events encouraging recycling, especially weaving items, in New York
- Snuggly Ugly – Stuffed toys from sweaters in Brooklyn
- Textile Arts Center – Lots of great fiber classes in Brooklyn & Manhattan
- Thompson Street Studio – I would like to visit this studio in New York.
- Vaya Bags – In Queens, she makes bags from recycled bicycle tubes, sails and billboards.
- Zak Foster Quilts – I would love to meet quilter and weaver Zak Foster in Brooklyn.
- Earth Guild – Selling everything you need to make anything – in Asheville
- John C. Campbell Folk School – It is my dream to take a class here in Brasstown. Or maybe to teach a class here?
- Jujujust – I would love to meet weaver Judit Just in Asheville.
- Paperhand Puppet Intervention – They make giant puppets from incredible stuff in Saxapahaw – some summer, we must go for a show.
- Penland School of Crafts – Founded in 1929, the heart and soul of American craft history
- Scrap Exchange – In Durham, this organization encourages re-use by gathering donations and re-selling to makers.
- Screen Door – Variety shop with more than 100 vendors, many doing creative reuse – in Asheville
- Snuggly Monkey – I would like to meet crafter and quilter Claudia Martinez in Durham.
- Trendefemme – Women’s clothing from recycled fibers in Raleigh
- A Twist of Iron – Recycled metal art, specializing in making fire pits from old propane tanks, by Kevin, Noreen and Loreen Nicholson in Cape Breton
- Martine Vermeulen – She makes collages from recycled linoleum in Port Medway.
- Art Grange – Michelle Stitzlein, queen of plastic caps and one of my favorite Trashmagination artists, in Baltimore
- BuildMore Workshop – A maker space in Dublin
- Columbus Idea Foundry – A maker space in Columbus
- Forest City Portage – Awesome messenger bags from upcycled materials in Lakewood
- Indigo Hippo – Art supply creative reuse center in Cincinnati
- Joy Did It – Fiber artist in Pickerington
- Recyclabowls – Swirly bowls made from recycled fabric in Cincinnati
- Reincarnations – They paint furniture that would get tossed into art pieces in Fostoria.
- Reuse Industries – in Athens and Albany
- Team Chipmunk – Children’s clothing from recycled fibers in Columbus
- Zero Landfill – upcycling program for artists and art educators
- Dropcloth – I would love to meet embroidery innovator Rebecca Ringquist in Portland
- Eugene Textile Center – Wonderful fiber arts classes
- Hilde Morin Fiber Art – I would love to meet quilter Hilde Morin.
- Latimer Quilt and Textile Center – In Tillamook, this center was built in a restored school. My mom visited and said it was awesome.
- MECCA or Materials Exchange Center for the Creative Arts – I have heard that once you live with MECCA, it’s difficult to live without it – located in Eugene.
- Resource Revival – They make cool stuff from bicycle parts in Mosier.
- Scrap Portland – Like Scrap DC and Scrap San Fransisco – connecting people with unwanted stuff
- Bookhou – I would love to meet designers Arounna Khounnoraj and John Booth in Toronto.
- Fish Eye Sisters – I would like to meet quilter and rug hooker Jen Manuell in Huntsville
- Karen D. Miller Studio – In Ottawa, I would like to visit this rug hooking artist.
- Textile Museum of Canada – In Toronto
- The Workroom – In Toronto, a place where people can get together to learn how to sew or rent sewing machines
- Cartwright Design – Matt makes sculptures from recycled metal and wood in Portland.
- Lolivia Gifts – They plant succulent gardens in found objects in Nehalem.
- Deckstool – Furniture made from recycled skateboards, located in Clifton Heights, west of Philadelphia
- Hatch Arts Studio – in Pittsburgh – lots of creative reuse projects for adults & kids
- My Paper Crane – I would love to visit Heidi Kenney who does many things and I love them all.
- New Leaf Initiative – In State College, a group got together, refurbished a house, and is trying to make a really cool community initiative.
- Oh-Zie Designs – Clothing from recycled t-shirts in North East
- Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – Mosaics made from amazing things
- Pittsburgh’s Center for Creative Reuse – Open 7 days a week, amazing art supplies!
- Resource Exchange – In Philadelphia, connecting people with unwanted stuff
- TrashN2Tees – Her t-shirts designs are adorable, all from recycled textiles located in Easton, east of Allentown.
- Victoria Gertenbach – In Lancaster, her quilts are all about using scraps and I love her Mend series.
- Loop by Loop Studios – Sharon & Hayley Perry are rug hooking artists in Warren
- Squam Art Workshops – Retreats for artists and makers in Providence and nearby locations
- Hooked on the Prairies – I would like to meet rug hooking artist Shelly Nicolle-Phillips
- Miner Metal – Sculptures from recycled metal in Mount Pleasant
- Rebot – Wonderful things made from recycled kayaks in Charleston
- Shop-Keep – Handmade quilts with sashiko thread in Greenville
- Sunwoven – I would love to meet weaver Erin Barrett in Charleston
- Fiber Farm – a farm where they deconstruct old sweaters to make skeins of yarn for reuse (while also raising animals) in Tracy City
- Reunion Yarn – Emily and Mike Felix rescue yarn of many fibers from unwanted items in Chattanooga
- Salvage Goods – amazing bags made from recycled seatbelts – in Nashville
- Turnip Green Creative Reuse – in Nashville, creative reuse center
- Austin Creative Reuse – I love all creative reuse centers!
- Austin Tinkering School – Looking at the photos from their events makes you want to collect a whole bunch of scrap wood and other bits, place them on picnic tables in the backyard of a school, and have the kids build whatever their heart desires.
- Cathedral of Junk – In Austin, artist Vince Hannemann built a sculpture in his yard from trash.
- Dumpster Project – A professor who is doing an annual project living in a dumpster to see how one can live with fewer resources, in Austin
- Folk Fibers – I would love to meet Maura Grace Ambrose near Austin
- Geekdom – In San Antonio, a place where makers get together
- Pheonix Commotion – Dan & Marsha Phillips teach people how to make their own homes with recycled materials near Houston – great TEDx talk!
- Remagine That – in Austin
- Spare Parts – In San Antonio – Save the Arts Spare Parts creative reuse center
- Wool and Weave – I would like to meet weaver Marie Matter in Houston.
- DewLeaf – I would love to meet creative reuse artist Julie Alice Chappell in Portsmouth
- Joy Craft and Design – A boutique of upcycled sweet items in Springdale
- Resource Vermont – While it is like many other thrift stores, I admire how they train folks who have dropped out of high school in various trades – located in Burlington
- Artistic Artifacts – Mixed Media classes and materials in Alexandria
- Fibre Space – The best locally produced yarn ever, and a great place to knit
- Finch Sewing Studio – In Leesburg, not far from me – I’ll have to get there asap!
- Jen-A-Fusion – Bags and clothing from recycled fibers in Alexandria – I met Jen and she super-inspired me!
- Living Earth School – teaches outdoor activities in Afton
- Schimmel Art – Sandy makes very nifty art from junk mail – and she lives not far from me!
- Wild Hare Fiber Studio – in Front Royal – makes yarn from men’s ties?
- Maker Haus – A collaborate space for makers in Seattle
- Wise Craft Handmade – I would love to meet creative reuse fiber artist Blair Stocker in Seattle
- Meredith Young – Beautiful jewelry from aluminum cans in Second Creek
- Forevertron – A large sculpture from recycled metal in North Freedom.
- Growing Power – Very cool program that teaches people urban farming – Will and Erika Allen are super inspiring human beings
- Sew Much Style – iPad and bowl covers from recycled fabrics in Keewaunee