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, Lopez Island, Washington

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

Monday 12-3 pm 
Tuesday 12-3 pm
Wednesday 12:30- 7:30 pm
Thursday 12:30- 7:30 pm
Saturday: 12- 4pm  

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. 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. 

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


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 

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 as space is limited. 

Thursday May 20, 1 - 4 pm

Tuesday, June 8, 1 - 4 pm

Thursday, June 17, 1 - 4 pm


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 project will be available during Wednesday's Craft Maker Drop in night.

Some yarn available at the ReMakery, or bring your own and a pet brush if you have one.  

Wednesday during Craft Maker Night 


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 to reserve your space!

Wednesday during Craft Maker Night


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 to reserve your space. 


May 22, 10-11:30 am

 June 19, 10-11:30 am 


Educational Art about Glass and Cork Recycling and Reuse

Messages in a Bottle Art Display

Currently featured at the ReMakery “Messages in a Bottle” are poetic messages inside bottles metaphorically labeled to different Isles of Pandemic Isolation. Created by Nikyta Palmisani, this work was featured at Vitas in April, but can be seen at the ReMakery in May. It brings attention to the nuances of glass and cork recycling and reuse.


For more info on the Vitas event, click here:

On Display at the ReMakery, May 2021


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

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, or future Repair Cafes, contact

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

Every  Second Saturday, 12- 4 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. 


Saturdays 12-2 pm (except 2nd Sat) 


Craft and Jewelry Making Nig

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 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

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

ReMakery Showcase Event

ReMakery Showcase Event & Fundraiser at Vitas,

Saturday, June 26 


Save the date for Saturday, June 26 for a FABULOUS Showcase event of all the items, fashion, objects and wonders created during the Department of Ecology's Grant cycle at the ReMakery. Amazing art and objects for sale, stage show, fashion, surprises, education and more! If you've ever been to an LSWD or SWAP Fashion or Trashion Fashion show, you know this is a not to be missed event!!!

Audience members are invited to create "Totally TIOLI" fashions for the event, meaning outfits completely out of find from the Take It or Leave It. Prizes given and fun to be had! 

More details to come!


Faciliated by Nikyta Palmisani 

Saturday, June 26

at Vitas 


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

Wednesday May 18-June15

7-9 pm on Zoom


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 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. 


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 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.

Current Makers in Residence: 

Artist: Suz O’Dell


Suz O’Dell designs and fabricates

jewelry, working in silver, gold,

bronze, copper and gemstones.

The process begins as a mental

image as Suz creates clay structures,

later integrating gemstones

and beads. 


Working with metal clays, she shapes pieces by hand, and by carving. Pieces get kiln-fired, which burns out binders and fuses the metal.  


Suz’s art is influenced by her experiences living with Asian and Polynesian cultures in Hawaii.  The islands infuse her work with spirituality, expressed in her appreciation for mother earth.


Artist: Tam Paynter


Tam is a retired IT 

professional who spent 

most of her career in 

the Central Computing 

Department of the 

Smithsonian Institution.

Her work life surrounded 

her with creative people passionately committed to each aspect of the increase and diffusion of knowledge. 


She has been long wanting to create sculpture incorporating mylar and monofilament with movement. She is exploring these confluences in her installation at the ReMakery titled "The World is Too Much With Us--

Ghost Nets and Marine Debris".