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100 in 1 Day: Upcycle Block Party

100 in 1 Day: Upcycle Block Party

We teamed up with the Strathcona BIA to throw an event for 100 in 1 day Vancouver, a block party! Our Upcycle Vancouver team got together for a design jam. The mission: to design an upcycled space, the outcome: a block of upcycled organizations showcasing their work as well as an area where we would engage community members in free upcycling activities.

In our quest to find common waste materials, we settled on using salvaged tires, pallets, and doors. The tires became our seating, where we added reclaimed plywood, foam, and fabric to make the cushion and painted the tires bright, fun colors. We used the pallets and doors to build chalkboard tables that each organization could write on and decorate to tell their story. We also featured DiverSeating, by Bryce Duyvewaardt, which is a transformable bench made from the offcuts Bryce collected from our Wood Giveaway.
 

For our activity we helped people to upcycle small cabinet doors. With a little creativity these can be very versatile, for example they could become a small chalkboard or corkboard, a frame, a cutting board, a coat hanger with hooks, a jewelry hanger, or a canvas. We provided everything needed to do this including paint, hooks, knobs, tiles, and tools. We were excited to send people home with some free swag that they created themselves! All of these materials were generously donated by our founding partner Habitat for Humanity.

The day was beautiful and sunny, despite a rainy start to the week. We set up outside The Heatley, on Heatley Ave in between Hastings and Pender. A big thanks to the Strathcona BIA for getting us a permit to close the street and throw this event! Joining us to showcase their work included the creators of The Music of Junk, Mat Collective, Cork It, and Haeccity Studio.

Paul Snider, from The Music of Junk, creates instruments from items that people have thrown away. He brought some of his instruments to play as well as let interested community members try them out! We even had some people bring by their own instruments to jam for a bit. The Music of Junk was performed last year in Vancouver and will hopefully be coming back soon! Make sure to check the website for updates.

Mat Collective is an organization that takes donations of old yoga mats and either gives them to people in need if they are still usable, or upcycles them into products if they are not. You can learn more about them here.

Cork It is an initiative to design using reclaimed cork, a commonly found household waste. They brought some samples for people to touch and experiment with. You can read more about one of their initiatives and the products that were designed in a studio course at Emily Carr University, here.

Also featured by the Strathcona BIA was an interactive art canvas that community members could paint on. Let me tell you, spray paint is harder to use than you think, but it was fun to see the canvas change throughout the day!

We want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers, especially our design team: Josephine Lee, Alexander Neff, Christine Cooper, and Bryce Duyvewaardt.

Paul Snider

Paul Snider

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