The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, has been promoting creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse for 25 years.
They collect materials from hundreds of individuals, businesses, industries, and municipal sources and distribute those materials through our retail store in Durham, North Carolina as well as through workshops, parties, and outreach events across the Southeast.
If you’ve got a project on your mind, you should definitely visit the Scrap Exchange’s store and shop for paper, vintage items, craft supplies, sewing supplies, records, containers and much more.
The Scrap Exchange also offers a host of classes where you can learn new crafty skills. Prices generally range from $10 to $40. Find all the upcoming classes and events on their website calendar or Facebook page.
Some of skills you can learn at The Scrap Exchange:
- Screen printing
- Art journaling
- Much more
There are also some FREE community events. Here’s some of upcoming free events:
Some of what’s going on:
Repair Cafe Workshop
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Repair Café is free. We will have tools and experienced people who can work with you to find the best way to repair your item. They can assist with electrical and non-electrical appliances, furniture, jewelry, toys and much more. Register here.
Open Studio: Sculptural Bottle Cap Art
Friday, January 17th, 2020
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Scrap Exchange will be holding a Open Studio to explore how to use plastic of all shapes and sizes to build a finished work of art to bring home. They will be supplying Plastic bottle caps and other plastics and materials, backing boards and glue guns. You will be able to use your imagination and create plastic art mosaic/sculpture into any from a robot to a sea creature. This open studio will coincide with the gallery reception by Robert Anderson who will be exhibiting his own creations made out of plastic that he has collected himself from N.C. Beaches. Kids under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Opening Reception for Reclaimed Abstracts
Friday, January 17th, 2020
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Robert Anderson’s work focuses on creating beauty from waste and on transforming the discarded and undesirable into something you would actually want to bring into your home. The materials for Anderson’s abstract assemblages are sourced from beach trash, flotsam, and by removing items directly from the waste stream. Living in Holden Beach, Anderson sees the natural beauty of the North Carolina coastline as it’s marred by the trash left by tourists and washed up on the beach. This detritus and the prevalence of single use plastics are, for Robert, a call to create art that has an impact and makes a statement. “There is now more plastic in the ocean than life. This series is inspired by the possible future plastic landscape” he says of his InOrganic Chaos series.