Welcome to Del Ray, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
We are so lucky that UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC) has opened their studio space in our neighborhood. UpCycle CRC is a nonprofit that collects reusable items to use for arts and crafts and learning purposes. They’re currently running summer camps and a weekly open studio time in their new space at 1712 Mt. Vernon Avenue. And they have a store in their space where they sell items at affordable prices. Both teachers by training, Susan Miranda and Kelley Organek are the brains behind the operation.
The back wall of the store is packed to the brim with yarn, fabric, and sewing notions. I found some nice wool sweater pieces to felt at home for a wreath project in the works.
I’m not sure if you can buy this thing of wonder, but it’s one of the many curiosities you’ll find wedged into the store shelves.
I love that I know exactly where I can find a jar when I need one. Future Del Ray food swappers, take note.
Yellow feathers, anyone?
Crayons are one of great deals you’ll find at UpCycle on any given day.
And they currently have a timely display of Back to School supplies.
In one room of the space, a mosaic project depicting the George Washington Masonic Temple is laid out for anyone to work on, especially during the Wednesday drop-in studio time from 3-6 p.m. (More details about the drop-in studio and fees are on their web site.)
This past Wednesday, they also guided participants in making hand-made paper. The kids could choose paper scraps of various colors and put them into a blender…
Blend them up with water to make the pulp…
Squirt out the pulp with a baster onto a screen…
And then, once satisfied with their color arrangement and the overall shape, take the wet pulp over to another table to dry.
UpCycle has a bookshelf with craft books you can thumb through during your visit.
And they have a workbench that anyone can use during open studio time, stocked with paper cutters, saws, glue guns, and more. They plan to add more tools over time as well.
It’s really loads of fun to visit UpCycle. If you want to donate supplies, they are happy to add them to their collection. You can see their current wish list on their web site. While I was there, they unpacked a donation box and pulled out this unfinished crocheted shawl. It comes with the yarn to finish it and the pattern. Just one of the many treasures you’ll find at UpCycle.