Why

Now come and try it – learn techniques at first hand in a project workshop.

We’re running a series of 20 workshops across Moray over the next 12 months. We’re working in collaboration with local groups. In Buckie in the autumn it will be the Phoenix Centre. In the Findhorn and Forres area it will be the Moray Art Centre and we’re also going to have an exhibition there. In Elgin in spring 2020 it will be the Earthtime’s Up Project. And across Moray we’ll be collaborating with Arts for Wellbeing. We’ll be posting up fuller details here about the various workshops and the organisations hosting them for us and how you can take part.

T-Shirts Reimagined

T-shirt fabric has properties that make it an excellent source of upcycling potential. They are made from jersey fabric which is a woven material that frays very little and it’s easy to cut, doesn’t need to be hemmed and stretching it only makes better.

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Jewellery Upcycled

All the materials around you could be recycled or upcycled into jewellery and if you want to be original and wear something hand-made, here are few inspirations for you to try.

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3D Printing & Doodling

The possibility of home recycling of plastic has now emerged as an additional aspect of the new technology of 3D printing.

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Giving New Life to Fabric Scraps

There are many projects to upcycle leftover fabric scraps that are super easy and really fun to do.

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Shibori

3D Shibori is a technique for adding texture and shaping textiles by exploiting the thermoplastic qualities of some synthetic fabrics in order to manipulate surfaces.

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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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Open Day with drop-in workshops at Moray Reach Out

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.

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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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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

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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