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Second Life Remix 2: Spring EcoCrafting Lab

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It's back! Second Life Remix 2

Last year GreenspaceNYC had a great time hosting Second Life Remix, an eco-crafting and upcycling competition. For 2014 we’re bringing Second Life Remix back for another evening of hands-on reuse activity and discussion. This year’s theme is upcyled and recycled fashion. Participants are presented with this challenge: Create a garment from the materials we supply through our material sponsorship Material for the Arts or bring some discarded, forgotten items of your own and upycle these materials into a cutting edge piece of clothing or an accessory--like a bag or a piece of jewelry. Participants will work individually during out “Project Runway” inspired competition. The night will conclude in a grassroots version of a catwalk and urban fashionistas, crafters, and clever engineers will have the opportunity to display their creations for prizes! Spectators welcome. Participation encouraged!

Here is a project example: You can join the conversation by coming with an old t-shirt that has graphic text on it. Popular options include that tee you got at your college fraternity car wash, your old ultimate frisbee shirt with all the grass stains, or the one you got at the Knicks game that was free but unfortunately size XXL. We all have them under our bed somewhere so bring them in and go home with something cooler. You can “Remix” the old shirts by cutting up the text, designing a mixed-font creation, perhaps even ransom-note style. Whether this or a creation of you’ve imagined up, you’ll design a fun garment that can make a great gift, conversation piece, or wearable statement. More importantly, it reuses old textiles which account for several million tons of municipal solid waste each year.

It isn’t often that you find a room full of others who appreciate your eye for thrift treasures or street furniture. Not to worry if you don’t consider yourself to be a full-fledged upcycler yet; you’ll still go home with the workings of a unique project that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing. Look forward to seeing you soon.

The 2014 edition of Second Life Remix will take place with our friends at Hack Manhattan, a place sure to inspire ingenuity and reuse. There you can check out various 3D printers, talk green tech and see some awesome creations from this community of makers.

Thanks to our continuing location sponsor Hack Manhattan! Hack Manhattan is a community hackerspace (http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/) in New York City where people come together to work on projects and share knowledge. They are centrally located near many subway lines in the Union Square neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Their space has tools and materials for working on electronics, wood, metal, textiles and 3D printing. They are always looking for like-minded people to join their space through membership!

Questions? Email us at info@greenspacenyc.org
Drinks, food, and prizes will be provided!

More info or to volunteer with us email: info@greenspacenyc.org
Twitter: @greenspacenyc