The ReMakery is a community maker space dedicated to reusing materials from LSWDD’s recycle plaza and TIOLI into new and usable items.

The ReMakery is about system change, not just arts & crafts.

 

 The goal is to educate our community about the value of repair, reuse and repurposing of materials locally to to seed and grow our circular economy and reduce the

amount of materials shipped off island to far away recycle centers or landfills.

Located in the Heart of Lopez Village at 37 Weeks Point Way, Units #10 & #11

(or behind Holly B's Bakery, the ReMakery!)

Please see below for class & workshop schedule, 

Repair Cafe's will happen every 2nd Saturday, beginning May 8. 

In January of 2021, the Department of Ecology announced that due to Covid, there were grant funds that needed to be spent by June 30, 2021. LSWDD applied for their Recycled Market Grant in January, and in February was awarded $50,000 to begin the ReMakery: a new maker space for transforming materials from the recycle plaza and TIOLI into new and usable goods. 

The ReMakery will be offering classes, workshops, Repair Cafes, Maker in Residence programs, and a host of other maker events. The ReMakery will have industrial sewing machines, sergers, regular sewing machines, 3D printers, jewelry making, leather working tools, electronics repair and tools, and soon a laser cutter, along with host of other useful tools to upcycle and transform materials. 

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 (see diagram below). It will
provide the Lopez community 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. 
If you would like to get involved, teach a class, make something or have questions, please contact 
Nikyta Palmisani at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org.

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Began March 2021, Ongoing

Fashion Upcycle Class
Join Fashion Designer Tracey Cottingham & other fashionistas to transform clothes & textiles from TIOLI into new and fabulous fashions! Sewing machines, sergers, tools and expertise available, please bring your own projects or ideas to work on. To join please RSVP with Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org 

Thurs, 5-7 pm

On-going 

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Shirt to Skirt Making with SWAP

SWAP Shirt to Skirt Making Workshop!

In this workshop take old t-shirts and transform them into awesome skirts to be sold through SWAP as a fund raiser for LSWDD. Please RSVP to Kim Norton at kimnortonlopez@gmail.com as space is limited. 

Thursday May 20, 1 - 4 pm

Tuesday, June 8, 1 - 4 pm

Thursday, June 17, 1 - 4 pm

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Upcycled Yarn Feathers

Gorgeous Yarn Feathers 

All you need is yarn and a dog/pet brush and you can make these gorgeous feathers for home decor! This class will also be on zoom and recorded.  Please contact Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org for link and to RSVP.  

Wednesday May 12

6-8 pm

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Cork Board Making with Alannya

Cork Board Making 

Join LSWDD staff Alannya to up cycle the many corks that LSWDD collects in the recycle plaza. This class is very meditative and simple, and you leave with an attractive cork board! 

Please email alannyas@lopezsolidwaste.org to reserve your space!

Tuesday May 11, 6-8 pm

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Electronics Hands-on Workshop

Electronics Hands-on Workshop

Learn the basics of electricity and electronics. You will do hands-on work such as testing if a circuit is energized, measure voltage, soldering and crimping a connector to a wire.

Taught by Brian Silverstein and David Taylor. 

4 students maximum, 16 years and older. Masks required, safety glasses provided. 

Please RSVP to nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org to reserve your space. 

Saturdays

May 22, 10-11:30 am

 June 19, 10-11:30 am 

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Messages in a Bottle Poetry & Wine Tasting Event at Vitas

At Vitas, a Poetry

& Wine Tasting Event

“Messages in a Bottle”

It’s a free take it or leave it style exchange: bring down a message or a poem in a bottle, leave it in the wine box, and/or take a message in a bottle. You can also read poetic messages in bottles as part of the interactive art installation. This event is to celebrate National Poetry Month & bring attention to glass and cork reuse. For more info, click here:  https://www.lopezsolidwaste.org/post/messages-in-a-bottle-poetry-wine-tasting-event-at-vitas

Friday April 30

5-8 pm 

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Repair Cafe's, Every 2nd Saturday

Repair Cafe 

This is where you can bring in items that need simple repairs in three main categories: appliances, furniture, and textiles/clothes. This event is to help get all those old, beloved items out of the corners of your houses and closets and back into use! If your item needs a replacement part, please get that part and bring it with you. Simple fixes are what we do, not major rebuilds.

There are thousands of Repair Cafes happening worldwide. If you want to learn more about the history and the movement, check out www.repaircafe.org

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, or future Repair Cafes, contact nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org

Saturday May 8, 2021

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Upcycled Boot Planters

Upcycled Boot Flower Pots

This workshop takes adorable shoes that might not be foot worthy and brings them to the garden setting, where shabby chic is perfect for plants! Bring your own old shoes, or receive some of ours for this fun and Spring oriented workshop. Ages 6+.  Faciliated by Nikyta Palmisani 

Saturday May 15

12 pm- 1:30 pm 

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Pet Beds out of burlap coffee bags!

Burlap Pet Beds! 

Come join Julienne to take old coffee bags and transform them into awesome pet beds! Your furry friend will love them and they are very simple and easy to make!

Please email nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org to reserve your space!

Saturday May 29, 1-3 pm

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Grand Opening Open House

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Come to the ReMakery for an Open House and a

free Wee Animals making class from 11 am- 12 pm using up cycled materials taught by Matia Jones.

 

See our maker space and learn how you can get involved! For questions, email Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org

Saturday, May 1
11 am - 4 pm
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Jewelry Remix

Jewelry Remix!

Come bring all your old beloved jewelry that may be missing a part/piece, or just need some new flavor brought to it! We will have basic hand tools available for creating & recreating old pieces and bits into new fabulous wearable items! Faciliated by Nikyta Palmisani 

Wednesday May 5

6-8 pm

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Introduction to CAD for 3D Printing

Introduction to Computer Aided Design

Those seeking to enter a new career or boost their jobs skills are invited to learn Computer Aided Design (CAD) in a free, online class offered by the Economic Development Council (EDC). Brett Paul, Staff Engineer at Luxel, will be teaching a five-week introduction to CAD, May 18th through June 15th, on Tuesday evenings, at 7:00 – 8:30 PM, over Zoom.

The EDC’s goal in offering this course is to help county residents gain job skills and obtain economic stability. CAD is used in many industries, such as manufacturing and construction, as well as by scientific, craft, and arts businesses.

This course focuses on using CAD for manufacturing, themed on 3D printing, but will be of value to those seeking to use CAD in other industries or for use with other fabrication techniques.

To learn more, contact the EDC at mickey@sanjuansedc.org

https://www.sanjuansedc.org/trades/

Wednesday May 18-June15

7-9 pm on Zoom

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Textile Poofs for your home!

Textile Poofs for your Home

Join maker Julienne to transform old burlap coffee bags into attractive poofs as furniture for indoors or outdoors! They are quite stout and stuffed with textiles that would have been rags!

Join us for two nights of poof making, in case you don't finish the first night. Some basic sewing required, machines provided of bring your own. 

Please RSVP to nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org to reserve your space. 

Wednesday June 2 & 9