Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Louise Nevelson & Robert Rauschenberg - Master Reusers

"When you put together things that other people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created." - Louise Nevelson

Cascade, 1964
wood and paint
100 1/2 in. x 109 in. x 17 1/2 in. (255.27 cm x 276.86 cm x 44.45 cm)
Acquired 1993
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of an anonymous donor

Dawn's Wedding Chapel IV,
from Dawn's Wedding Feast, 1959-60
painted wood
109 x 87 x 13 inches.
The Jewish Museum
Courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York.

Untitled, ca. 1950 - 1959.


Louise Nevelson.
Image via

I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out of the real world. - Robert Rauschenberg
Untitled Combine (Man with White Shoes), 1955
Combine: oil, newspaper, photographs, postcard, fabric,
printed reproductions, graphite on paper, stickers, found painting,
mirror, shoes and socks on wood structure with stuffed Dominique hen
86 1/2 x 37 x 26 1/4 in. (219.7 x 94 x 66.7 cm)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Panza Collection

Satellite, 1955.
Oil, fabric, paper, and wood on canvas with stuffed pheasant
79 3/8 × 43 1/4 × 5 5/8 in. (201.6 × 109.9 × 14.3 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
gift of Claire B. Zeisler and purchase with funds from the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund

Bed, 1955.
Oil and pencil on pillow, quilt, and sheet on wood supports
6' 3 1/4" x 31 1/2" x 8" (191.1 x 80 x 20.3 cm).
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Gift of Leo Castelli in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Image Via

Robert Rauschenberg with some of his works

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scraper Bikes + Yarn Bombing = Awesome

SCRAPER BIKES!!! How else do you reuse a Doritos bag? An oldie but a goodie.

Creative Bike reuse? You BET! SCUL rules!!!

All photos by SCUL

After too many falls off your bike you can start Yarn Bombing...

"Tree Cozy" by Carol Hummel

Bus by Magda Sayeg in Mexico City

And... Wait for it...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Reuse Artworks

Awesome work by artist Zac Freeman!

Via, via the googmeister.

Sports Gear re-use at the National Museum of the American Indian. Via

Brian Jungen ‘Blanket No. 7' (2008) professional sports jerseys, 69 x 53½” Sender Collection. All images ©Brian Jungen

Great post about art and re-use (link) from

Thanks to Julia for reccomending the Heidelberg Project! as seen above.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Scrappy Rapids!! Video Adventure!!!

No Scrapamals were hurt in the filming of this video (their pride maybe...)

And remember, you can adopt a lovable Scrapamal today!

Canoe kits are available in our store, have an adventure of your own!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Video Roundup!

Here are some fun ways to reuse cardboard!

Cardboard Tube Fighting League

Here are a few bonus links and some for the "grownups"...
These are just for fun and remember, PLAY NICE!

Boxwars! (Who wants to start one in Durham? I Do I Do!)
This one is just kinda...
Awesome boat (and more Boxwars...)

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Store’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken

Being at the vanguard of social movements (after all, we’ve been green since 1991, and look how cool that is now), we’re hoping to start a new trend this year.


Crazy, we know.

We’re pretty sure all the other stores across America will be following our lead soon.

So instead of Christmas decorations, our store window is filled with ... YELLOW! courtesy of new store manager Julia Gartrell.

Why yellow? We don’t know, and neither does Julia, but we’re all digging the combination of sushi trays, tennis balls, National Geographics, and every other yellow thing she could find on the shelves and in the barrels. It’s like a little microcosm of the store right there in the front window.

So stop by and check it out, and put a little sunshine in your life.

(And for those who are wondering about the staff change, Julia replaced Alexis Mastromichalis at the end of September. After a few months of nonstop action at the store, on top of commuting from Chapel Hill and running The Nightlight, Alexis realized that her life would be better if her involvement with The Scrap Exchange was on less of a day-to-day basis. She’ll still be working outreach events for us and continuing to contribute, but for now she’s devoting her days to making The Nightlight the best place it can be. We wish her the best of luck with that, and thank her for the great things she did while she was here.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What's New on Ebay

Did you know that The Scrap Exchange has been selling reclaimed materials worldwide via Ebay since January? If you can't visit our retail store in Durham, let the store come to you! Customers from all over the globe have bought repurposed art and craft supplies from The Scrap Exchange. We have shipped packages to newly found customers in Canada, France, England, Spain, Norway, Australia, and New Zealand, just to name a few international destinations. There's no place like home here in Durham, but it sure is fun to share a bit of home with the rest of the world.

Our far-away customers can find us on Ebay at

What do we sell online? Fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, charms, scrap papers, upholstery trim samples, and more! We add new inventory each week. You can always scroll down to the bottom of our blog to find a sample of our current offerings on Ebay.