Take an Upcycling Workshop

Read more about workshop structure and fee below.

Upcoming Workshops:

Sat. 10/14/17 – Fobes Memorial Library – FREE – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 4 Maple St, Oakham, MA. Sign up by emailing WareRiverNatureClub@yahoo.com. Supported by the Ware River Nature Club and the Oakham Local Cultural Council.

Sat. 10/21/17 – Dighton Public Library – FREE – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – 395 Main Street, Dighton, MA. Sign up by emailing Laurie: Landrews [at] sailinc [dot] org, signing up online, or calling 508-669-6421. Supported by the Friends of the Library and the Dighton Local Cultural Council.

New workshop dates are scheduled often. Keep checking back for one in your area or get in touch to schedule one!

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Fused Plastic Upcycling Workshop Information:

Participants will about upcycling plastic bags through the process of fusing.  Using the heat and pressure of a household iron, a new type of textile is formed from un-recyclable plastic bags and wrappers that would usually be thrown away. This 101 class teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile.

Time: Workshops need approximately 2 hours.  Everyone will be able to finish a project within the time frame. If you need a modified time frame, just get in touch!

Group Size: Maximum # per class: 15 participants

Age Groups: Workshops are appropriate for ages 8 – 108 and you can tailor to your needs (teen programs, etc.)

Group Flat Fee: $300 (includes teaching time, materials fees, travel, and each participant receives a finished project)

“Per Participant” Fee: Lou is happy discuss various fee structures when friends or community members gather together for a class.

Get in touch to discuss Lou visiting your school, library, home, town hall, or community group!

Workshop venue and space requirements:

1. Electricity accessibility
2. Room with space for at least four 6′ tables
3. If possible: Projector with HDMI access
4. Extra scissors for large groups

Typical Workshop Structure

The workshop model shown below is a basic structure. Lou is very versed in different arrangements to fit the needs of classrooms, art classes, home parties, after-school programs and more.

images (1) Lou gives an initial presentation about the hows, wheres, and whys of plastic bags, recycling vs. upcycling,  and discusses which plastic bags can be recycled and upcycled. When a projector is available, the discussion is lead through a Power Point presentation.  The group will then see an overview of what the workshop will look like, a rough overview of the different “stations”, a layout of the finished project and what the group will be  accomplishing.

IMG_5007 Your group will then be picking out pieces of plastic bags that will be used to create a fused collage piece of upcycled “fabric”. From this fabric, your group will create their project. Your group may find it fun to collect bags and wrappers at home leading up to the workshop to utilize your household trash in your personal project. However, don’t worry if you don’t collect any before hand, Lou has PLENTY!

11264585_1010177899033078_8273506494217518754_n Participants will be ironing or fusing the plastic bag collage into an upcycled textile using a household iron. By combining heat and pressure, participants will learn how to melt plastic bags into a new type of fabric and use this fabric for the final project.

 You will then be cutting scraps of rescued/recycled fabrics for the interior of the your final project.  This requires your group to use glue sticks and scissors with guidance.  Depending on the size of the group, extra scissors may be needed.  Again, you are welcome to bring in any types of fabrics that your group would like to use but Lou will provide a stack of usable fabrics.

IMG_5008  Completion of your project utilizes duct tape and velcro for a fun, colorful, and easy finish.  In select cases with small groups and experienced sewers, participants bring their machines in and the group sews their own projects.

 Your group’s final project is an upcycled fused pouch that can be used as a wallet, snack pouch, pencil case, receipt holder or otherwise. Each one is unique as each participant’s pouch is their very own design.

Samples of Lou’s handmade work will be provided for project ideas and printed information on recycling programs for the group’s community will be handed out at the end of the session. Looking forward to working with you and your group!  We can create and strengthen environmental awareness while having fun!  Feel free to get in touch with more questions by heading here.

imagesThanks to the Massachusetts Local Cultural Council which provides valuable funding to bring Lou’s creative education to the Commonwealth. MLCC is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.