September  2014
In This Issue
SCRAP in the Community
Board Report
SCRAP Art Show Pics
Cole Hardware partnership
SCRAP August event photos
2014 Teacher Giveaway Dates
Workshops for Educators
Volunteers Needed
Sept 13 & 14 - Mosaic Mandalas
Sept 20 - Photo Books
BagShare Sew
Oct 11 - Iris Fold
Sewing Machine Clinic
Collage and Greeting Cards
Airplants and Terrariums workshop
SCRAP Wrap: Boxes Bags and Bows
Drop In Jewelry Making
Wish List
SCRAP in the Community
Every Saturday
Join SCRAP's artists in a creative reuse activity every Saturday at the Larkspur Farmer's Market

Art Break Day
Sat, Sept 5,
Justin Herman Plaza
SCRAP's will be participating in Art Break Day by hosting art break tables at Justin Herman Plaza all day on Sept 5. Come join us and paint, draw, color or sculpt for free.

Kaiser Permanente Family Wellness Fair
Sept 6: 10am-3pm

SummerSalt Music Fesival
Pier 70
Sept 13

Nightlife at the Cal Academy of Sciences: Cat Themed
Sept 18, 6pm-10pm
Join SCRAP in making cat ears and cat toys at the Cal Academy Nightlife

Green Glam Fashion Show 
Sat, Sept 27, 6:30-11:30pm
SCRAP is honored to be a beneficiary of the Green Glam Fashion Show at SF Sustainable Fashion Week. Featured designer and artist Tuan Tran will be showcasing some of his creations.

 Roadworks at Center for the Book  
Sun, Sept 28, 11am-4pm
Join SCRAP at SF Center for the Book's Roadworks Street Fair

Sunday Streets and the Excelsior Street Festival
Sun, Sept 28
Join SCRAP in a green art table at the Excelsior Street Festival
Board Report

This month, we welcome to the SCRAP Board, Diego Castellani, UCSF nurse and Green team participant, Bayview community member and activist, and active volunteer at Friends of the Urban Forest and SCRAP. Here's a note from Diego:  

I have been coming to SCRAP for at least five or six years and is always pleased to find some 'treasure' to take home. SCRAP has been my favorite resource landmark and place of inspiration in the creation of art pieces for the UCSF art exhibitions. Recently I decided to join the dynamic Board of SCRAP because I believe in repurposing and offering art materials and supplies at an affordable price. This past month, I volunteered at the Hats off to Teachers event and was amazed to see all those material diverted from landfill into classrooms. Seeing SCRAP's impact made me feel so happy and proud to be joining the board.

SCRAP Art Bayview Pics

SCRAP Art Exhibition Committee - Thank you Dorothy Yuki, Megumi Inouye, & Monica Lee!

Opening Reception at Building Resources Reclaimed Room

SCRAP Art at Public Glass 

Closing reception and artmaking at Public Glass

SCRAP partners with Cole Hardware

This month, Cole Hardware is partnering with SCRAP for their Spare Change Collection Program. All spare change collected at Cole Hardware will be donated to SCRAP. Thanks! Look out for our partnership Halloween Themed event at the Mission Cole Store  on October 15th.

SCRAP August Photos

SCRAP at Urban Air Market

SCRAP at Sunday Streets Mission

SCRAP Hats Off to Teachers Giveaway

Bon Voyage Jenny!
SCRAP's mission
is to stimulate creativity
and environmental awareness in children and adults through promoting the creative reuse of materials that traditionally have been discarded as waste.

SCRAP's programs include:
-Creative Reuse Warehouse
-Workshops for Educators
-Teacher Materials Giveaways
-Field Trips
-Outreach Events
-Volunteer Program
-Art Exhibitions
and more
Like all nonprofits, SCRAP needs your support. Please help us by setting up a small recurring donation.

Here's what your donation will do:

$5 recurring donations will help buy rubber bands for our fabric section


$25 recurring donations will help us buy paint to paint boxes and shelves


$50 recurring donations will help us develop more engaging programs


$100 recurring donations will help fund our monthly Teacher Material Giveaway program

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Dear  ,

August was a busy month here at SCRAP. We kicked off our new donation and pricing policies, we said Farewell to our Program Coordinator, Jenny, we attended several exciting events throughout the city, including our new partnership with Urban Air Market, and we had a record breaking Teacher Giveaway. Our Hats Off to Teachers event hosted 314 educators gathering over 6000 pounds of free classroom materials, impacting 14,500 students. A big thank you to everyone who has donated materials and money, helped us spread the word, and especially the staff, volunteers and board members who helped make this happen. 


Looking at the rest of the year, I am so delighted to tell you about all the great workshops and programs we have planned. Tomorrow, 9/5, we'll be partnering with Art Is Moving to bring Art Break Day at Justin Herman Plaza. We're honored to be the beneficiary of San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week. SCRAP will also be out at many other upcoming community events, including farmers' markets, Nightlifes, Sunday Streets and Roadworks at Center for the Book.  


Here at SCRAP, our upcoming workshops include Mosaic Mandalas, Photobooks, Iris Fold, Collage and Greeting Cards and of course, SCRAP Wrap. We're also featuring several new events: Bagshare Sew-ins, Sewing Machine Clinic and a drop-in Terrarium workshop. Sign up for these and more at our website. 


This Saturday, we'll be hosting another Teacher Materials Giveaway for San Francisco Educators. And if you are an educator, please come and also check out our great line up of Workshops for Educators. Upcoming workshops include Dioramas, Printmaking, and Papermaking.


Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming SCRAP event, workshop, giveaway or shopping at our warehouse.  


Shuai Chen,

SCRAP Executive Director



Sept 6

Oct 4


Dec 6


SCRAP hosts monthly Teacher Material Giveaways for San Francisco teachers. We will have all kinds of supplies for your classroom including paper, markers, binders, sponges, National Geos, and much more!


SCRAP is located at 801 Toland Street (entrance on Newcomb), San Francisco, CA 94124  

WE SCRAP Workshops are held at SCRAP from 10am to 1pm and workshop fee is $15. This workshop series is only for educators. Workshop participants receive a classroom materials pack to bring the project straight back to their classrooms. In addition, workshop participants get first priority for that month's Teacher Materials Giveaway.

To sign up for all WE SCRAPs, please visit our website here:


November 1: Dioramas with Jane Schafgans


December 6: Printmaking without a press with Sherie Yazman


February 7: DIY Papermaking with Linda Janklow of Peopleology


March 7: Science with Toys with Francisco Hernandez


April 4: Stringy Thingies: finger and spool knitting, rope braiding and weaving (for 2nd grade and up) with Linda Janklow of Peopleology


May 2: Indigenous Architecture with Ellen Burns



Volunteers contribute over 3500 hours annually to SCRAP - we couldn't do it without you! If you love organizing, tidying, meeting new people or helping a wonderful community resource to provide affordable art supplies then we would love to hear from you. There are volunteer orientations happening Wednesday 17th September at 1pm and Saturday 27th September at 10am. Come and meet other volunteers, get a tour of SCRAP and find out how you can help us.

Questions? Please email Sarah at or call 415-647-1746.


SCRAP Workshop -

Mosaic Mandalas w/ Jane Schafgans

Saturday, Sept 13th  10am - 4pm

Sunday, Sept 14th   11am - 1pm     fee: $80


Mandalas are everywhere. "The circle with a center" pattern is a basic structure of creation that is reflected in much of the natural world, and recognized for it's spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness. In this workshop Jane will lead participants in an exploration and creation of the mandala pattern in mosaics using a variety of ceramic and glass tile, and other personal items such as jewelry. For some this may be the first time working with making a mosaic, for others, it is an opportunity to try out some new ideas and gain more experience working in this wonderful medium. Participants are welcome to bring personal materials to include in their mandalas, and will be given a chance to treasure hunt in SCRAP for inspiration as well. On Saturday Jane will go over techniques and uses of materials as participants create their mosaic mandalas. Sunday the mosaics will be grouted and finished.

Click here to register.

SCRAP Workshop -

Photo Books w/ C.J. Grossman

Saturday, Sept 20th   12-4pm   fee: $45


Learn to make several different kinds of books to show off your best photos. Using materials from SCRAP CJ will show participants how to make photo mailers, a little photo album, a story-with-photos book, and more. Display photos of friends, travel, kids, or pets sized from 1" square to 4 x 5".


About C.J.

C.J. Grossman is a mixed media artist specializing in Book Arts and unique paper cuts. She exhibits her books, mixed media altars, assemblage and paper cut out books nationally. She has taught thousands of students how to make books, and also teaches how to make books with kids:


Click here to register.

Sew Reusable Bags for SCRAP! 

Sat, Sept 27th   

11am - 3pm

Drop in anytime!


BagShare reduces waste, gets people sewing, and turns scrap fabric into bags that shoppers use when they forget their  own bag. BagShare locations strive to become bag free. Bags are returned to any BagShare location. If you have a sewing machine bring it along!


Sewing bags is easy and fun! Drop in and sew for SCRAP! 

SCRAP Workshop -

SCRAP Paper: Iris Fold

w/ Jody Alexander

Saturday, October 11th   1-4pm   fee: $40


Artist Jody Alexander will show participants how to make iris fold creations using SCRAP materials to frame an image of their choice that can be used on a card or left ready for framing. The Iris Fold technique originated in Holland and makes a striking frame for any image or photograph. Strips of folded paper create a spiral design that resembles the iris of an eye or camera.


About Jody

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookmaker and librarian. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles. She combines these books with found objects to create sculptural works and installations. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. She is the proprietress of Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz, California.


Click here to register.

New! By Appointment Only:

Saturday, October 18, 10am-3pm appointments available. fee $20


Just in time for Halloween Costumes. Bring your sewing machine in to SCRAP and have our expert Cheryl teach you how to maintain, clean and repair your machine. She will help you with any problems you are having with your machine and give you hints on how to proceed with any unfinished projects. $20 fee gets you a 30 min consultation appointment with SCRAP Sewing Machine Magician, Cheryl, and access to an exclusive selection of free fabrics.  


Cheryl Hay, SCRAP volunteer, needle arts enthusiast and sewing machine magician, has been sewing for over fifty years. She is experienced in all needle arts: sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery and more. She has a private clientele for custom made dresses for private events and also teaches on Wednesdays at The Sewing Machine Place in Millbrae.


Register for the Sewing Machine Clinic and then we will arrange an appointment time 

SCRAP Workshop-

Collage and Greeting Cards w/ Roxanna Walker 

Saturday, November 8 12-4pm    fee: $45



Celebrate your innate creativity with an afternoon  of collage led by local mixed media artist Roxanna Walker. Collage is an excellent medium for anyone who yearns to create - no formal art background required! Collage is a no-pressure technique with no mistakes. Roxanna will lead participants as they delve into SCRAP for images and other elements that inspire and speak to them. Participants will go home with at least one collage and lots of inspiration for your next visit to SCRAP. Since the Holidays are right around the corner, Roxanna can show you how to integrate your collage into a greeting card, using your own images or images found at SCRAP to create one-of-a-kind cards and notes.



About Roxanna
Roxanna Walker is a San Francisco artist who has spent her life exploring creativity, initially with writing before transitioning to collage and mixed media. She has studied with several Bay area artists, shows her art locally, and pursues her passion full-time.     


Click here to Register 


Special Drop-in Workshop
Air plants and Terrariums w/ Margarita Lopez

Saturday, November 15, drop in between 11am-3pm, fee $20


Create a-of-a-kind terrarium using SCRAP materials and air plants. SCRAP staff member Margarita Lopez will help you design and create your own terrarium using all kinds of materials from SCRAP.  Terrariums make great holiday presents, enliven any room, and are just fun little worlds. Terrariums make great holiday presents, enliven any room, and are just fun little worlds.















Sign up to reserve your spot 

SCRAP Workshop-
SCRAP Wrap (BBB): Boxes Bags and Bows

Sat, Nov 22 1-4pm  Fee: $30 


Monica and Megumi are back this year with  new tricks and old favorites in their popular SCRAP Wrap workshop. Come learn how to creatively repurpose everyday materials into beautiful boxes, bags and bows. Go home with an assortment of repurposed pre-made gift SCRAP Wrap groupingpackages and bows made from Scrap materials ready to be filled with holiday gifts
(Sign up early and get ahead of the game this year!) 

About Monica and Megumi:
Megumi Inouye is known for her exquisite and unique gift wrapping using repurposed, found, and organic material. In 2008 Megumi was named Runner Up Finalist in a national giftwrapping contest: The America's Most Gifted Wrapper Contest sponsored by 3M Scotch Brand in NYC. Following the contest Megumi appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show with a Wrap Off with Ellen!

After 30 plus years as a professional photographer Monica Lee has gone back to her first love of making art using found and repurposed materials.
A long time Scrap shopper and Scrap instructor Monica is currently the Artist in Resident at Ruth's Table where she teaches creative re-use workshops. Monica has also taught at FabMo, SF Tech Shop, SF Zine Fest, O'hanlon Center for the Arts, Memory Cafe and for corporations seeking creative team building.


Mondays, 12 - 2pm
Join us for Drop-In Jewelry Making
with Susan Solstice ($5 suggested donation)
SCRAP Wish List:
Heavy Duty Packing Tape: 3mm or thicker
Please send an email to Sarah at
or come drop it off! Your donation is tax-deductible. 
SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts) 
Location: 801 Toland Street (Entrance on Newcomb), San Francisco, CA 94124