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Weekend of ReMade Art Shows: June 25-26

LSWDD’s newest pilot project,The ReMakery, is lining up for a full weekend of arts and education around zero waste with art show opening “Precious to Permanent” on Friday, June 25th from 5-8 pm at the ReMakery and “ReMade on Lopez” a Showcase & Fashion Event at Vitas on Saturday, June 26th from 4-8 pm.

The first exhibition titled “Precious to Permanent” is on Friday, June 25 from 5-8 pm at the ReMakery. This show features the first two makers to participate in the ReMakery’s new Maker in Residence Program, Suz O’Dell and Tam Paynter.

Suz O’Dell is a metal clay jewelry artist. Metal Clay is a recycled product originally manufactured by Mitsubishi Material Corp and Aida Chemical Industries in Japan. These companies recycle and reclaim a variety of different metals. The silver and gold comes from many different recycled sources including film stock and negatives. During her residency, Suz also experimented with using metals reclaimed from LSWDD’s recycle plaza and TIOLI in her work and in her display.

Tam Paynter worked for most of her career in IT at the Smithsonian Institute. She has been long wanting to create sculpture with mylar and monofilament that has movement. She has been exploring the issues of permanence and ubiquity of those materials in her new art installation titled “The World is Too Much With Us— Ghost Nets and Marine Debris” in this exhibition at the ReMakery.

On Saturday, June 26th from 4-8 pm at Vitas, there will be a Showcase Fashion and Fundraising event titled “ReMade on Lopez” featuring all the items that have been remade since the opening of the ReMakery.

ReMade items will be on sale and for silent auction from 4-6 pm and give guests a time to get some delicious Vitas food and drink as well as find a table and seating for the stage show. The stage show will be 6 pm- 7:30.

Anyone familiar with LSWDD and SWAP history knows that these fashion shows are sell out events which promise innovative fashion, insider education about zero waste, textile reuse and recycling, and fun and surprises for the whole family.

“ReMade on Lopez” will also feature many of the prototypes created at the ReMakery in a show filled with fun, humor, up to date information, and great inspiration to take home.

The ReMakery is a new maker space on Lopez that offers drop in maker times, classes, workshops, monthly Repair Cafes every second Saturday, and the new Maker in Residence program. The goal of the ReMakery is to educate our community about the value of reduction, reuse, repair, and repurposing items locally to increase the local circular economy. The ReMakery provides Lopezians with space, tools and instruction to help transform materials that might have otherwise been exported off the island and to landfill, or far away recycling centers across the globe. The localization of reuse helps decrease green house gas emissions, creates potential revenue sources for local makers and entrepreneurs, and most importantly, continues to keep LSWDD’s Zero Waste Mission in the forefront of the minds of the community.

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