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:
3rd Friday Vintage Video Game Meet-Up
Friday, March 15th, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join us as we fire up the old game consoles and play like it’s 1987! Wipe the Cheeto dust off your fingers and test your skill at Moon Patrol, Burgertime, Sonic 2 & 3, Double Dragon, Pac-Man, Frogger, Mario 3D, and so many more. If you have a cart you’d like to play or a console to try out BRING IT! We will have an Atari 2600, an NES, a Genesis, a Nintendo 64, and a Unisonic Olympian. This is a FREE casual meet-up so drop in whenever you want, we’ll be in the Design Center from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. BYOB snacks and beverages are encouraged!
Green Forum: Sustainability Expo
Saturday, March 30th, 2019
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This free family event highlights environmental organizations and businesses in the Triangle. There will be multiple community organizations sharing information, as well as music, food, and interactive activities for participants of all ages.
Interactive Activities (for all ages!) will include:
-Plant Sale + Potting Station
–Repair Cafe will be hosting a repair event!
-Decorating/Making Pots + Planters
-Make Your Own T-shirt Bags
The Bulltown Strutters will be performing.
So Good Pupusas, a local, certified sustainable food, truck will also be onsite.
Are you an organization/business that is interested in participating in this event? It’s free to participate! Register here!
3rd Friday in the Cameron Gallery: Embodiment Opening Reception
Friday, March 15th, 2019
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Join us for the opening night of Embodiment – The Internal and External Conflict, Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm. The solo exhibit features the work of local artist, Ashley Swindoll, a conceptual visual artist based in Hillsborough, NC. Swindoll’s work uses mixed media to create pieces that provoke her audience to reflect on emotional and mental wellness. “For myself, this series closely relates to the external and internal conflict one can experience when defining who they are. Socially, we are influenced to conform in ways that seem unnatural or forced. During these times of adversity, it can leave us worn and scarred in ways that don’t completely heal,” states the artist.
Originally from Oregon, she attended Oregon State University and completed a dual degree in sculpture/painting and art history. Swindoll has exhibited work Internationally for over 14 years and her artistic process combines digging into the emotional landscape that life experiences offer. Through mixed media and reused materials, she channels creativity in a way that provides powerful healing and aesthetically pleasing bodies of work. Her most recent project was Granted by the Downtown Durham Public Space Project. Swindoll used encaustic wax, metal, bulbs and musical instruments to create a massive sculpture installation between two buildings in downtown Durham.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 15th from 6-9PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks,
as well as free art making in the Make and Take. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. The show runs
March 15th thru April 13th!
Community Sewing Meetup (Monthly)
3rd Sunday of every month
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (drop-in)
3rd Sunday Sewing in The Design Center. Feel free to bring your own materials, or shop at The Scrap Exchange in a plethora of fabric, trims, and notions, up to 75% off retail. No registration is required.
Community Sewing Meetup (Weekly)
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (drop-in)
Every Wednesday in The Design Center. Feel free to bring your own materials, or shop at The Scrap Exchange in a plethora of fabric, trims, and notions, up to 75% off retail. No registration is required.
Altered Book and Papercraft Meetup
2nd Monday of every month
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (drop-in)
Get together with friends to work on your altered books and papercrafts. Whether you’re into altered books, art journaling, paper folding & cutting, or book sculpture, this is the group for you. Beginners welcome! No registration required
More upcoming art events and activities
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