image from web SCRAP
Monthly Newsletter

Workshops, Materials, and More!

July 2010

SCRAP Banner

Join Our Mailing List!

I hope you having a great summer and are making time to make and create!

We just had a great book binding workshop with Leah Virsik and the next few workshops should be just as inspiring.  On Saturday, July 24th Rene McIntyre will be teaching us how to crochet and make granny squares, August 7th and 14th Jane Schafgans will be teaching mosaics and August 28th will feature the high energy of emiko oye and Shana Astrachan to help you learn basic jewelry techniques to create accessories from toys and other small plastic and metal parts. 
If you cannot make it to a workshop, come to the Renegade Craft Fair July 31st and August 1st, featuring many of the finest indie-craft talents from around the country as well as the opportunity to try your hand at crafting something - from SCRAP. 
Finally, if you have some time to read, we have a recommendation for you, show-and-tell from a fellow maker and some featured items to pique your interest.

See you soon.


Kenan Shapero, Director SCRAP 
in this issue
:: Save the Dates
:: 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair
:: SCRAP Workshop: Crocheting Granny Squares for Beginners
:: SCRAP Workshop: Beginning and Intermediate Mosaic Class
:: SCRAP Workshop: Accessorize with Toys
:: Seen at SCRAP-Remodel Your Reality!.
:: SCRAP Summer Read List - A Reader Contribution!.
:: Community Corner:...Making Useful Things with SCRAP Materials
Events and Workshops!
Save the Dates!
Upcoming events - see descriptions below
For the most up-to-date information go to our website calendar:

Onsite Workshops

  • July 24th, 1p-4p, Crocheting Granny Squares - for Beginners, with Rene McIntyre $20.00
  • August 7th & 14th, 1p-4p, Mosaics (2 part workshop), with Jane Schafgans $40.00 + $5.00 materials fee
  • August 28th, 1p-4p, Accessorize with Toys, emiko oye & Shana Astrachan  $20 + $5 materials fee
Offsite Workshops

For more information email or call 415-647-1746. 

SCRAP is located
at 801 Toland Street, SF, entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby

Renegade SF logoJoin SCRAP at the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair

The 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair will be held in San Francisco on July 31 + August 1, from 11am - 7pm each day at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion!
Always FREE-TO-ATTEND - the Bay's favorite craft, art, design and DIY spectacular will feature over 225 of today's finest indie-craft talents from all over the nation, craft-workshops, entertainment + other features!

SCRAP will be part of the mix providing an opportunity to try your hand at crafting something from a selection of the wonderful art parts we we on-hand.

For all the details go to
See you there!!!

Workshop Descriptions
SCRAP Workshop: Crocheting Granny Squares for Beginners  
Presented by:  Rene McIntyre
Saturday July 24th, 1p-4p

If you have always wanted to learn how to crochet and use some of the beautiful yarns available at SCRAP, please join Rene to learn how!  During this workshop Rene will start off by showing you how to hold a crochet needle and how to read crochet instructions.  From there, you'll learn three crochet stitches-chain, slip-stitch and double crochet stitch.  From these basic stitches, Rene will show you how to make a traditional granny square, how to alter the granny square and how to change yarn in the square. You will be using yarn from SCRAP, an "H" crochet hook, a plastic large eye needle and printed instructions. In addition to learning how to crochet a granny square you'll also learn how to sew ends into the work and use the granny squares in a variety of ways.  You will leave with at least two granny square samples, the materials to crochet more granny squares, instructions for various squares, and ideas of what can be done with them.
About Rene
Rene began crocheting when she was twelve and has loved it ever since!  She mostly makes baby clothes and blankets, but occasionally makes adult clothing, hats and scarves. She teaches crochet as a volunteer at the Main Library in SF as well. In addition, she always volunteers to make blankets and baby clothes for her friends and family and has sold the layettes and preemie hats she makes. Rene loves the wide variety of materials available at SCRAP and can't wait to finish school so she can attend some of SCRAP workshops herself this summer!
Email: Workshop:
Beginning and Intermediate Mosaics
(This is a two-part workshop)
Presented by: Jane Schafgans
Dates: Saturdays, Aug 7 & 14th, 1pm-4pm

Whether you have done mosaics before and want to boost your skills, or are just starting out and need instruction, you won't want to miss this workshop!  During this two-part workshop you will be using mastic (tile adhesive) and various tiles and vitreous glass to create your design. 
If you are a beginning student, you will be working on a square tile.  If you are a more advanced student, you may bring in something of your own to mosaic. The first day you will learn techniques for applying tile to a variety of surfaces.  You will have the opportunity to create and execute a piece of your own design. The second day will be devoted to the process of grouting. This is always an exciting workshop, as Jane is an experienced mosaic artist and teacher, and working with tile is a very tactile and visually stimulating experience! The colors are yummy and the results are extremely rewarding!

About Jane
Jane has been working with mosaics for about 7 years.  The minute she learned how to work in this medium, she fell in love with it. Jane likes to work with color, both in glass and tile and she loves how it enhances any space it occupies. Jane's work is primarily privately owned, with the exception of some permanent installations at two public schools, where she has worked extensively wit
h elementary school children. The San Francisco public schools where you can find Jane's work are Lakeshore and Gordon Lau Elementary Schools. 
Contact Info

SCRAP Workshop: Accessorize with Toys
Presented by emiko oye and
Shana Astrachan

Date:  August 28, 1p-4p

Join artists emiko oye and Shana Astrachan for an afternoon of creating jewelry from toys!  During this workshop you will learn basic jewelry making techniques and how to use tools such as pliers, cutters and punches. In addition you will learn how to connect parts using cold connection methods.  The materials for this workshop are recycled toy and game parts, as well as other small plastic and metal parts found at SCRAP, jewelry findings, wire, screw eyes and glues.  This class will inspire you to see everyday objects, such as toys, as creative materials to express your individuality through jewelry and small sculpture creations.  You'll leave this workshop with charm bracelets, brooches, earrings, necklaces, key chains and/or small sculptures! Please feel free to bring your own toys or game parts from home to incorporate into jewelry.
About Shana and Emiko
Shana and Emiko are returning Scrap workshop teachers. They have been doing this workshop with kids, adults, and families for 4 years, and every time it's a new experience.  They say "it's amazing seeing people's creativity unleashed, especially in young kids. As artists working in alternative materials, it's a great way to introduce people to a new way of looking at common objects, even trash, and repurposing it into something personal." Last years' workshop filled up quickly, so reserve your space early!

You can see their work locally at these locations-
emiko's work: San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, Palo Alto Art Center.
Shana Astrachan's work: San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, The Candystore, RAG
Or online here-Emiko:,
Contact info
Good Stuff!

Seen at SCRAP-Remodel Your Reality!
If you are using the summer months to do some sprucing up of your space, make sure you visit SCRAP, for some inspiration and really great stuff!  We have received loads of lampshades for you to dress up, bundles of burlap for you to get creative with and fake ferns for you to _______________ (we'll let you figure that one out on your own!).  Have fun!

SCRAP Summer Read List - A Reader Contribution!

Thank you to Harriete Estel Berman for bringing our attention to a great book to add to our summer reading list, Manufractured, by Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov.  Harriet writes-
ManufracturedManufractured is an excellent book for people interested in the reuse of materials. While the book is not about recycling, all of the artwork in the book reuses manufactured materials in new and innovative ways. As an avid SCRAP fan, I recommend this book for your summer reading!  The authors Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt live right here in San Francisco. Their text in the book is easy to read and very informative about the artist's inspiration. The layout for the  treasure trove of images is inspired. Look for revelation and insight with every turn of the page.

Thank you Harriete, we like your blog too!

Community Corner:  Making Useful Things with SCRAP Materials

Our community corner featured artist this month is SCRAP user Jeanne Bradshaw.  Jeanne is a graphic designer and artist who loves making useful  things with the materials purchased at SCRAP as well as other  resources. Here are a few samples of the bags she has made from various materials. 

Contact Jeanne about her work here:

A few More Things!
Share your work with us!
We would love to know what you are creating out there with SCRAP materials?  Please share with us some photos of your work, a little about yourself and how you use SCRAP materials for us to share in next months newsletter! 

Submit to

Our newsletter this month has some community sharing in it that we really appreciate and hope you do to!  We thought this quote was a good one for this month!

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~Gautama Siddharta

Have ideas for new potential donors or have a donation?

Contact Rachel at

Have a general question or want to volunteer? 

Contact Jenny at

Have a workshop question or idea for a workshop?

Contact us at

Have a book to recommend?

 If you have a book you think our readers might enjoy this summer, please write us at

Thank you!
Thank you for your time!  We hope you enjoyed this issue of the SCRAP Monthly Newsletter.  Please consider supporting the work of SCRAP through a donation or joining in on an upcoming event.

Kenan Shapero

Ruth Oprean Cardillo,CPCC

Newsletter Editor