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October 2010

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I hope you are getting a chance to get out and enjoy some of the warmer weather that has finally come. 

I just want to call your attention to a couple of upcoming events.  SCRAP will be at the NightLife Craft Night tomorrow night (October 7th) at the California Academy of Sciences (6p - 10p).  And we have two great workshops with two of our favorite workshop teachers - Personal Ofrendas with Aiko Lanier Cuneo (October 9th) and Fabric Covered Journals & Sketchbooks with cj grossman (October 23rd).

Most importantly I hope you are being creative and making art.


Kenan Shapero, Director SCRAP 
in this issue
:: Save the Dates!
:: SCRAP Workshop: Personal Ofrendas for Day of the Dead
:: SCRAP Workshop: Fabric Covered Journals and Sketchbooks.
:: SCRAP at NightLife
:: Share your work with us
Save the Dates!

Onsite Workshops
  • October 9th, 1-4pm, Personal Alters w/ Aiko Lanier Cuneo, $20.
  • October 23rd, 1-4pm, Fabric Covered Journals and Sketchbooks w/ C.J. Grossman, $20.
  • November 13, 1-4pm, SCRAP Wrap w/ Megumi Inouye & Monica Lee, $20.
  • December 11, 1-4pm, CD Gift Books w/ Nadine Browning, $20.

Offsite Events

  • October 7th, 6-10pm, Craft Night at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences.  Join SCRAP artists and emiko Oye and Shana Astrachan at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for a creative workout.  Go to NightLife for more information and to purchase tickets ($12.00).
  • October 16th, 12-6pm, Special Halloween Art Market at Market SF, San Francisco's new weekly artist market. Proceeds from the Market SF costume booth and the raffle will be donated to SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts). Costumes and decorations, face painting, sweet treats, and raffle.
Events of Note
  • September 1st-January 5th, Recycled Reinvented, From the Artists of SCRAP, Please check out our exhibit of work by the SCRAP employees at The Gallery at Ruth's Table, 580 Capp Street, San Francisco.  Go to Ruth's Table for more information.
For more information email or call 415-647-1746. 
SCRAP is located
 at 801 Toland Street, SF, entrance on Newcomb, between Toland and Selby

Onsite Workshops
Personal Ofrendas for Day of the Dead w/ Aiko Lanier Cuneo
October 9, 1-4pm

The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of deceased ancestors, which occurs on November 1 and November 2. One of the traditions for the celebration is the creation of ofrendas, which are altars made by families dedicated to the spirits of their loved ones who have passed over.  During this workshop, led by artist and teacher Aiko Cuneo, you will make an ofrenda of your own.  For this workshop you will use different boxes or containers for the base of the ofrendas, then use a variety of materials such as paper, fabric, found objects, ribbon, and any other materials you can find in the SCRAP bins.  You will learn how to mix mediums to create a layered background.  You will also learn how to make simple cut paper decorations, ruffled fabric, and small skeletons to add to your ofrenda. You will leave with a personal ofrenda to take home to remind you of a loved one and the fun you had making it!  Note: If you'd like, bring photos and any small reminders of your loved one that you can add to your altar to personalize it.

About Aiko

Aiko is an artist and teacher and works in a variety of mediums from paper to clay.  She has made many boxes inspired by  Day of the Dead and has found that that SCRAP is one of her favorite resources for this project.  She has found that Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to honor those we love who have died.  It is a time of remembrance that encourages playfulness and celebrates life and rebirth, special foods and candies, rich colors and fragrant marigolds!  As an artist working in schools,  she enjoys working with families to make ofrendas to add to the school's community altar. Her latest work uses paint samples from SCRAP to make dimensional paper structures.


Fabric Covered Journals and Sketchbooks w/ CJ Grossman
Saturday October 23, 1-4pm
Join mixed media artist and art teacher, CJ Grossman for an afternoon of book making!  CJ is a popular workshop teacher and we are always happy to have her for an afternoon at SCRAP!  During this workshop you will use fabric, cardboard, paper, cord, buttons, double stick tape and more to create a sketchbook or journal with a fabric cover.  (You will be able to reproduce this at home, using such things as old shirts to create memorable books for journaling, sketching or scrap booking.)  You will leave this workshop with at least one book to keep or give to a friend for the holidays or as a birthday present. This class is fun, satisfying and inspiring and perfect timing as you enter the holiday season gift giving season!  (If you are a teacher, this is a great project to take back to your class room as well!)
About C.J.
C.J. GROSSMAN is a Mixed Media artist and art teacher specializing in Book Arts and unique paper cuts.  She exhibits her books, mixed media altars and paper cuts nationally, and is in myriad library collections at universities around the country.  C.J. has taught thousands of adults and children how to make books by teaching in art centers, libraries, and schools.  She lives in Berkeley with her invisible dog, Twila, whose name changes every month. C.J. often makes books out of mixed media materials such as hand-shaped fly swatters, underwear, closet doors, a baby shoe or an old record album.  She also creates paper cut books that cast unique and beautiful shadows on the wall.  Website:

Offsite Events

NightLife Craft Night with SCRAP - Thursday, October 7th, 6-10pm

We're BACK! at the California Academy of Sciences!

CalAcademy logoJoin SCRAP artists and emiko Oye and Shana Astrachan at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for a creative workout at Craft Night. Featuring reusable materials from SCRAP you'll learn how to start a household project, fashion masks, even design your own cards.

NightLife is a weekly event where visitors ages 21 and older can enjoy music, science, entertainment and cocktails, while experiencing the Academy's world-class exhibits and having fun with friends. Each weekly installment features something new and different.
Go to NightLife for more information and to purchase tickets ($12.00).

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! 

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Kenan Shapero

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