The latest news from The Resource Exchange - August 2014
In this issue: 
- reCreate Featured Artist Scott Bickmore
- First Friday, August 1st
- Crocheting with Fabric Workshop on the 17th
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August at  :
-massive bulk yarn sale!
-fun first friday festivities 8/1 from 5:00 - 8:00

with reCreate featured artist Scott Bickmore
-Crocheting with Reclaimed Fabrics Workshop Sunday 8/17 12-2:00
Details below...
Calling all knitters, crafters, and yarn bombers alike for our month long


That's right, we said it...Come to The Resource Exchange during the entire month of August and find select skeins and balls of yarn for only $1/lb!

 Friday, August 1st
reCreate Featured Artist
Scott Bickmore
Join us at the re this Friday for extended shopping hours, gallery viewing, and refreshments! Now that we're just a short walk away from Frankford Avenue, Girard Avenue, Crane Arts, and so many other art studios, galleries, and creative businesses in Kensington/Fishtown, you can add us to your list of first friday galleries featuring local artists. This month in the gallery we will be showing work by reCreate Featured Artist and Sewing Circle of Philadelphia member Scott Bickmore, including the "2nd Wave" of the Poseidon Project. The traveling blue wave was first installed at the Fleisher Art Memorial, and will be featured at The Resource Exchange throughout the entire month of August! The blue wave is hand crocheted from reclaimed fabrics from the re and made in collaboration with Scott and Fleisher's Teen Lounge Program. 
more about Scott Bickmore: 
Since 2009 Bickmore has started and organized several conceptually and collaboratively driven projects under the umbrella of company, SSEWARD. Projects include: The Monochromes Project, Bifocal Magazine, The Bluebird of Happiness, ll Lincoln­Line ll, recordbooks, Braille­Embroidery Bracelets, The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia, Poseidon and PET. 
Bickmore teaches art and works with outreach based organizations including the Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial and Art Sanctuary. Bickmore has exhibited and been featured in print, television, and online locally, nationally and internationally.
During the month of August you can see Bickmore's work in our reCreate Featured Artist Gallery, including crochet hooks carved from found wood and the "2nd Wave" of The Poseidon Project. 
The traveling installation is based on “Poseidon Scarves” made by a shop in SOHO called Loopy Mango. Their design consists of a single chain of crochet using thick, Alpaca wool. But instead of Alpaca wool, installation was made from blue fabric pieces (including salvaged fabrics from The Resource Exchange) in collaboration with Scott Bickmore and members of  the nationally awarded and Michelle Obama endorsed Teen Lounge Program. Bickmore and members of The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia taught the students to crochet the reclaimed fabrics into a gradient of blue 
chains, each the length of its maker’s height as a kind autobiographical contribution to this body of water.
Initially, students hooked with needles hand-carved from fallen branches found in an empty lot in Kensington. Some, however, caught on to using their fingers and then, with the larger strands of fabric, their hands and arms. 
Teen Lounge coordinator, Maryan Captan, says about the project: 

“The Poseidon Project is a study of found materials and crochet, of repetition and mindfulness. Over the course of 4 weeks, students were taught to and asked to tear, sort, and hand crochet long blue strands. Artist Scott Bickmore encouraged students to connect with one another while engaging in the meditative act of repetition. The goal was to produce as many strands as we could in 4 weeks to install a great “wave” using recycled material.”
reCreate Workshop:
Crochet with Reclaimed Fabrics!
Sunday, August 17th

Come ride the “2nd Wave” of The Poseidon Project! At the Resource Exchange on Sunday, August 17th, learn how to crochet with reCreate Featured Artist Scott Bickmore, The Sewing Circle of Philadelphia, and members of Fleisher's Teen Lounge Workshop. Using reclaimed fabric, participants will learn various crocheting techniques and add their crochet work to this traveling wave. PLUS all participants will learn how to use these hand crocheting skills to make Poseidon scarves, perfect for Summer flare or seasonal preparation!

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reCreate - Call for Artists


The Resource Exchange enables and promotes creative reuse in a wide variety of local art, craft, design, and build projects. Interested in having your work featured? Send us photos with a brief description - we feature new works in each newsletter, online, and in our in-store gallery.

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