Fall 2021 Hours:
Will open at 6 pm Thurs. Dec 2
& will be CLOSED Wed. Dec 8, 2021
Wednesday 2:30- 7:30 pm
Thursday 2:30- 7:30 pm
Saturday: 12- 4pm  

Located in the Heart of Lopez Village at

37 Weeks Point Way, Units #10 & #11,

Lopez Island, Washington

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

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.

Please see below for class & workshop schedule. 

Repair Cafe's will happen every 2nd Saturday from 12-4 pm. 

In February 2021, LSWDD was awarded a grant from the Department of Ecology for the start up funds to begin the ReMakery. To see the wonderful outcomes of this grant, please click here. The ReMakery offers drop in maker times, classes, workshops, Repair Cafes, Maker in Residence program, and a host of other maker events. The ReMakery has 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. Please scroll down to learn more about the Maker in Residence Program, or click on it's individual page. 

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 provides 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.


Textile/Fashion Night

Textile/Fashion Drop In Maker Group

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, bring your own projects or ideas to work on or work on projects we have available here. To join please RSVP with Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org 

Thursdays , 5-7:30 pm


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. 

Thurs, August 12, 1 - 4 pm

Tues, August 31, 5-7 pm


Intro to Serger Machines 

Intro to Sergers (overlock machines)

In this class learn about serger machines (sometimes called overlock machines). These are like sewing machines, but are best for knits as they both cut and sew edges at the same time. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours. 

Taught by Tracey Cottingham

This class will be taught again in November, date TBD. Please email Nikyta if you are interested in getting on the list for the next class at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org

November date TBD


Lopez Artist Guild Studio Tour includes August Makers in Residence

Studio Tour 2021


 This month’s Makers in Residence are Ellen Peterson and LSWDD's Alannya Sowers. Their incredible textile Upcycled sweater shirts, hip belts, designedly cork boards, mosaics and furniture epicycles will be on display and for sale. These incredible pieces will go quickly, so make sure to stop by!

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 4 and 5 from 10 am - 4 pm. 

The ReMakery is an official location on the Lopez Artists Guild 2021 Studio Tour. 

Saturday and Sunday

Sept 4 & 5

10 am - 4 pm


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, and make this awesome light up pin!

Taught by Brian Silverstein and David Taylor. 

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

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


July 17, 10-11:30 am



Monthly Repair Cafe

Monthly Repair Cafes


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.

Summer dates: June 12, July 10, August 14, Sept 11, 2021

Every second Saturday,

12-4 pm


Maker In Residence Taught Class 

Silkscreening Class 

Join November Maker in Residence Axel Greening at the ReMakery for a class in silkscreening. 

Bring your own garments to add images to. You are welcome to bring your own supplies or use ours. 

Thurs, Dec 16,

5-7 pm 


3D Printing Group 

3D Printing Group 

Come learn the basics of 3D printing! Please bring your own laptop-- best to have downloaded Cura (free slicing software) and Tinkercad or Fusion 360 (free CAD software). We have 2 3D printers: a Monoprice V1 and a Prusa MK3S. Andrew Nicols of Lopez Tech will be on hand to assist in the group. All makers need to sign waivers before using the 3D printers, and youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 


On going group: 

Sat, 12-2 pm  


Craft and Jewelry Making Night

Craft and Jewelry Making Night

Bring down your own craft projects, or get one of ours for this fun night of crafting, up-cycling and reusing in the best ways! Hand tools, space, and collegial support available. 

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

Wednesdays 5-7:30 pm 


Craft and Jewelry Making Night

Craft and Jewelry Drop in Maker Group

Join other crafty Lopezians for a fun night of working on projects, getting inspired by others and getting access to tools and dedicated time and space to make your projects come to life! You are welcome to bring your own project, or we will have projects available for you. The ReMakery has basic jewelry hand tools, 3D printers, and a host of other interesting tools and resources to support your projects!


To join please email Nikyta at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Maker In Residence Art Show 

November Maker in Residence Art Show

Axel Greening

Friday, December 17, 5-7 pm at the ReMakery


November Artist in Residence, Axel Greening, is having a show. His work focused on silkscreening on up cycled clothing. Come check out his awesome t-shirts and fabulous up cycled Carharts and Pants.


Here is Axel's Advertisement for the show: 


 Scene 1


The Village, Lopez Island, Mid-Day


AXEL, a multimedia textile artist, sits down to edit his artist bio before it is read before a live audience. It reads “AXEL IS A MULTIMEDIA TEXTILE ARTIST WHO USES SHAPE, COLOR, TEXTURE TO CREATE CLOTHING HE FINDS PERSONALLY EXCITING AND SOMETIMES APPRECIATED.” He picks up the paper, turns on his heel and with a slight hesitancy, and feeds the paper into the back of a cymbal-banging monkey toy designed specifically to orate his biography.




AXEL: Thank you, thank you! My show will be on December 17th. I implore anyone who would like to know more to join me then. More details to follow.


AUDIENCE MEMBER: What? I don’t understand a thing?!


AXEL: December 17th! There will be fashion, glamor, glitz, and more! Have you heard of TIOLI? The clothing there is being used to make art pieces with silkscreen, sewing, and more. It’s really quite fun. I would love to explain, but it does no service to talk about art. It’s much easier to see it, feel it, whatever you want to do with it, just not read! Here, let me get my assistant to explain.




The lights dim, audience members leave with a look of confusion as flyers are handed out to

them reading 



December 17th, REMAKERY”. [scene]

Fri, Dec 17, 5-7:00 pm

Artist talk 5:30-6 pm 


Maker in Residence Taught Class

Stop Motion Film Class

in this great class learn how to create a short stop motion film using free software for your phone and found items from the TIOLI and recycle plaza. Please bring your own smartphone with the free app downloaded: "Stop Motion Studio". Taught by September Maker in Residence Erik Eustis. Maximum of 4 students aged 12 and older or kids with a supervising adult.  

Please RSVP to Erik at eustismail@gmail.com.

Thursday Sept 30, 5-7 pm 


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! These materials and instruction will be available during Craft Maker Group. 

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

Wednesday June 2 & 9 during Craft Maker Night

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Maker In Residence Program 

A four week intensive program geared towards in-depth education and exploration of issues of waste, recycling, and reuse of materials through the creation of works that result in a final exhibition. 

See Maker In Residence (MIR) Page for present and past MIR's. 


The ReMakery’s MIR program invites makers of all capacities to spend a month using materials from the TIOLI and recycle plaza as inspiration for a body of work geared towards zero waste education. Makers with crafting skills welcomed, as are makers of ideas, words, images, art and innovation in all capacities. This program provides space, training and education, and full access to all the materials at LSWDD and working space and tools at the ReMakery.

Makers in Residence Receive:

  • Dedicated workspace within the ReMakery 

  • Thorough training and education in the specifics of Lopez Island's reuse, recycle, and waste culture at LSWDD

  • Access to reuse and recyclable materials at LSWDD for ReMaking

  • Limited storage space in the ReMakery and the ReMakery storage container onsite at LSWDD to store materials, during the duration of their residency 

  • Weekly meetings with the full cohort and LSWDD's Nikyta Palmisani

  • Art show/Exhibition at the end of the four week residency 

  • Available to sell the work they make during the weekend art show

Makers In Residence Offer:

  • One class, workshop or lecture during their residency to be hosted at the ReMakery

  • A body of work (physical or conceptual/educational) for the final exhibition 

  • LSWDD may choose 1 item from each MIR for their permanent collection for future ReMakery exhibitions  

  • 20% of sales from art works as a donation back to the ReMakery space

To Apply to be a ReMakery Artist in Residence: 

Please send 5 images of your work with descriptions and/or video 5 minutes maximum , a project proposal, relevant website or social media, and an artistic resume or CV. Please send to Nikyta Palmisani at nikytap@lopezsolidwaste.org. Applications will be reviewed by a juried selection process. 

***Makers aged 16 and older from all disciplines and backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Physical objects do not need to be created, words, content, concepts or other forms of final outcome are welcome but will need to be displayed within the final exhibition.