From plastic to T-shirts, we were all getting creative

We were given a lovely corner at Moray Reach Out, upstairs in the thrift shop, with a fine view over the street, and we went in on Friday afternoon to set up.

We prepared a range of activities, with a number of displays as well for inspiration, from upcycled jewellery pieces to items created from yarn from pre-loved T-shirts. We also had one of the specially created costumes with us, with its bright spring green colour.

There was a lot of interest in learning the basic techniques of jewellery making, and applying them to some of the everyday discarded plastic that surrounds us. There was the use of the different types of pliers, to cut, twist and shape wire, how to cut plastic into repetitive shapes, and how to use tools to assemble the various elements into a jewellery piece, from bracelets and necklaces, to earrings and brooches.

There was also interest in how to create new materials from existing ones, like layering bubble wrap with plastic elements and sequins. The 3D doodle pen was also taken up, to draw butterflies and dragonflies, with careful guidance on safe use.

There was bracelet making from T-shirt yarn for every age and every skill level, assembling the yarn into clips and applying square knots to create pattern. There also a lot of interest in asking about other creative possibilities with T-shirt material, and we enjoyed meeting new people with such a keen interest in looking creatively at waste material.

Downstairs there were spinning demonstrations in the wool shop, and an opportunity to look round the varied range of wools there. A big attraction for us all was the teas and coffees and homebakes served through the day by the Moray Reach Out team!

From Cycle Tubes to Statement Necklace

We round off the series of workshops by looking at how to turn cycle tubes into a simple statement necklace.

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Moving on to plastic

After a successful start transforming T-shirts, our online classes moved on to plastic, to turn them into jewellery pieces.

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The Land and the Sea: costumes in a transformation process

With a physical exhibition now delayed by lockdown to December, we are bringing you a preview online.

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T-shirts Transformed

It was quite a change of plans for the project as we had got up to full speed on practical workshops, with excellent feedback from the various sessions and further venues and groups all ready to go.

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Online upcycling classes – welcome!

A brief welcome to set the scene for online classes on the way.

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Moray Reach Out workshops with trainees

We had two sessions with trainees, to introduce some of the techniques in making use of pre-loved items and everyday materials.

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window display at moray reach out

Upcycled costumes on display

Our costumes made from waste materials are now ready for display. They will appear tomorrow (Monday 17th) late morning in one of the large windows of Moray Reach Out in Church Street, Buckie.

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plastic from bottles sewn into the fabric

Busy working on upcycled costumes

When constructing an art-wearable piece of garment from pre-loved and discarded materials, the process itself flows and grows organically.

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Buckie Christmas Kracker

The annual Christmas Kracker is an event to look forward to, and we were delighted to be there for a creative collaboration with Moray Reach Out at their Yarns and Crafts Centre. There was a keen interest from young people, and sometimes very young, along with their parents, to see what could be done with upcycling t-shirts.

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Doodling in 3D with Moray Wellbeing Hub

We tried out 3D-printing pens, using filament recycled from used plastic (from old food packaging and old bottles), to draw the hot thin plastic by hand into simple shapes from nature - feathers, butterflies and dragonflies.

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Workshops in the Phoenix Centre, Buckie

We rounded off this series of workshops in the Phoenix Centre with fabric flowers sewn together with the help of scrap fabric, leftover ribbons, old beads and buttons and re-used laces, matching favourite colours for a special day out.

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