Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Classes at The Scrap Exchange

Are you ready to take a class in creative reuse? Our events coordinator Jessica Moore has been busy scheduling classes to take full advantage of our new design center. You've asked for classes spanning a wider variety of topics, days and times, and we are delivering! Check out the February schedule of classes below and sign up for one today. You can register and pay for classes online; a dedicated registration link is provided for most classes. And stay tuned for even more classes to be offered in March and April.

How to Channel Your Creative Energy in 2012
Sponsored by Catherine Howard and Aaron Mandel
Thursdays, January 12-February 2
Fee: Donate what you can!
Registration: Call Jessica Moore at 919-213-1278

Many artists, writers, musicians and other creative people struggle to manage their time, to develop and narrow their goals. Despite having great ideas, fail to produce the output they desire and dream of. To be the artist you want to be, you must complete projects. Learn to achieve your career goals by setting interim benchmarks and achieving them.

Yoga for Kids
Weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 2
Ages: Tuesdays: Grades K-2, Thursdays: Grades 3-5
Instructor: Nataraja Healing Arts
Fee: Donate what you can!
Registration: Call Jessica Moore at 919-213-1278

Kids yoga promotes self-esteem, body awareness, self- control, and general well-being in a fun, uplifting, noncompetitive environment. Kids expand their self-awareness and social-emotional skills as they explore yoga breathing, poses and principles. In addition to developing focus, flexibility, strength, balance and coordination, they learn how to visualize and deeply relax. Kids yoga classes will incorporate, games, music and storytelling, and will include a hands-on art activity based on the week's theme. All donations are paid to the instructor.

Beginning Sewing
Thursdays, February 9 - March 1 (4-part class)
Instructor: Madeline James
Ages: 7-10 year olds
Fee: $65 for 4 sessions
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-10.eventbrite.com/

In this class students will make a basic tote bag using reclaimed fabric. Sessions are designed for students with little to no sewing experience.
Session 1- Getting to Know Your Machine
Session 2- Choosing Materials, Measuring, Cutting, and Pinning
Session 3- Sewing Your Bag
Session 4- Finishing Your Bag

Beginning Knitting
Wednesdays, February 15 & 22
Instructor: Andrea Stephens
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-03.eventbrite.com/

Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Learn the basic stitches in knitting as well as how to cast-on and bind-off in this two session class. We’ll cover the tools, vocabulary and basic skills, then you’ll be ready to begin your first project using re-purposed materials. Supplies included.

Altered Sweaters
Friday, February 17
6-9pm (drop-in anytime during class hours)
Instructor: Ann Woodward
All ages
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-04.eventbrite.com/

Bring a sweater or two, and make a scarf, hat, or just change it up into your own unique, one-of-a-kind design. Special Third Friday drop-in class!

Sock Monkeys
Saturday, February 18
Instructor: Dara McGinn
All ages
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-05.eventbrite.com/

Learn how to make your own custom sock monkey from 2 old socks, left-over buttons, and filling. No prior experience is necessary. For kids and adults. Bring your favorite pair of old socks if you like!

T-Shirt Re-Make
Monday, February 20
Instructor: Madeline James
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-06.eventbrite.com/

Got loads of baggy tee-shirts that you will never wear from your school, dance squad, team building events, and all those other cool things you do? Learn to sassify your wardrobe with a t-shirt modification class. You don’t have to have a lot of sewing experience, but basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine wil help. Bring a t-shirt that you would like to modify and a t-shirt or tank top that fits you well to use as a pattern. By the end of the class you will have one sassy T, and the skills to make many more.

Funky Pet Food Totes
Tuesday, February 21
Instructor: Madeline James
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-07.eventbrite.com/

Turn used pet food bags (or bird seed bags) into sturdy and attractive tote bags. All feed bags and other materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. This is a fun and easy project, but some previous sewing experience is required.

Cape it Up: Discover your inner super hero
Friday, February 24
6-9pm (drop-in anytime during class hours)
Instructor: Sara McCreary
Ages: 16+
Fee: $7
Online registration link: http://scrapclass2012-08.eventbrite.com/

Fight crime, live in a magical world, or be an evil villain - the choice is yours when you learn to sew a cape and design your own super hero symbol. Show the world your inner powers! Special drop-in class.

Collage Cards
Sunday, February 26
Instructor: Rechel Harris
Online Registration Link: http://scrapclass2012-09.eventbrite.com/

Create a collage that reflects different aspects of yourself! This collage class, inspired by the process of SoulCollage as described in Seena B. Frost’s published works about SoulCollage®, will guide you through the process making an original picture using images from magazines, cards, calendars, and more. Each card you make will reflect an aspect of your inner self.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Green Gallery Opening: "Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species"

Discarded wood finds new life in the next exhibit in The Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. "Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species," which opens January 20, will feature paintings and burned images on salvaged wood by Durham native Joe McDonough.

McDonough is a conceptual, performance, and visual-based artist, writer, and musician. He is also a comedian. He was born in Durham in 1981. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, McDonough has drawn experience for his art and comedy while living in cities across the US, including Providence, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, upstate New York, and various towns in North Carolina. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. Interested in the way time affects objects, McDonough works largely with found and discarded materials.

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 20, from 6-9 pm, with free make-and-take activities, refreshments, PBR beer and live music.

"Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species" will run from January 20 through February 11. Admission to The Green Gallery is free. The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours. For more information, call 919-688-6960. To see more artwork from Joe McDonough, go to http://www.joemcdonough.net/.