What we're about

This page regroups the two previous Upcycle pages Alameda and Fashionistas into one.

We upcycle sew, build, make new creations from tossed out items and thrift shop finds. We get together and have fun learning new skills, making new friends, rejoicing in creativity, inspiring green thinking and reducing our community landfills. So far we have focused on junk sculpture, apparel and home decor, but the sky's the limit!

Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative, collaborative, skill-building fun. Resign yourself to starting with something simple and we will help you get going.

We have shared resources like books, scissors, thread, needles, lots of jeans and tee shirts, a couple of community sewing machines, not to mention a roomful of opinions and ideas to inspire you.

Upcoming events (2)

See details!Clearing Clutter Collectively!

Online event

Upcyclers, artists and other makers… got clutter? Mystery pile in the back of the closet? Scary biology experiments taking over the fridge? Overrun pantries, garden sheds, container storage, games, athletic gear, paperwork, art supplies, or…? Let’s make the odious job of dealing with unloved spaces and belongings into a fun and gratifying experience of removing, re-imagining, beautifying and reorganizing in community.

The structure:

Intro check- in (5-10 min)

Work sprint (20 min, the first one is silent)

Progress update (5 min)

Work sprint (20 min, conversation is okay)

Progress update (5 min)

Etc... Until quitting time.

The progress updates are a time for us to support each other, brainstorm on challenges, and celebrate all victories, large and small.

While clearing clutter, we will keep our Upcycler lenses on! Is that unwanted or unused item something you can reuse, re-purpose, transform, make art out of? If not, is it something you can sell, re-gift, donate, freecycle? Let’s come up with the answers together.

It's helpful to arrive on time, but if you join late, just get started on your project, and when we have our next check-in you can join in!

Clearing Clutter Collectively!

Online event

Upcyclers, artists and other makers… got clutter? Mystery pile in the back of the closet? Scary biology experiments taking over the fridge? Overrun pantries, garden sheds, container storage, games, athletic gear, paperwork, art supplies, or…? Let’s make the odious job of dealing with unloved spaces and belongings into a fun and gratifying experience of removing, re-imagining, beautifying and reorganizing in community.

The structure:

Intro check- in (5-10 min)

Work sprint (20 min, the first one is silent)

Progress update (5 min)

Work sprint (20 min, conversation is okay)

Progress update (5 min)

Etc... Until quitting time.

The progress updates are a time for us to support each other, brainstorm on challenges, and celebrate all victories, large and small.

While clearing clutter, we will keep our Upcycler lenses on! Is that unwanted or unused item something you can reuse, re-purpose, transform, make art out of? If not, is it something you can sell, re-gift, donate, freecycle? Let’s come up with the answers together.

It's helpful to arrive on time, but if you join late, just get started on your project, and when we have our next check-in you can join in!

Past events (505)

Social Sew / Fix It! In Place

Online event

Photos (213)