Upcycled Crafts: Prep Work

October 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Hello everyone! In today’s blog, I wanted to focus on our resident crafter, Ruth. Whenever we have custom orders, such as the lilies we featured a few blogs back, Ruth is the go to person. Since a lot of our programs and outreach events also feature crafting, Ruth and myself do plenty of prep work to make sure things go smoothly at the event. In the past week, we have recently been preparing for an origami workshop for 75 people. The particular piece of origami that we will be teaching is an origami box by Tadashi Mori that features an elegant flower on the top of it.


Since part of our mission is to promote the idea of upcycling, we’ve had to hand cut all the origami paper from old books, maps and music paper. This didn’t take as long as you’d think! Here is a picture of Ruth gathering potential origami paper from damaged kids’ books.


And here’s another photo of some of the sets that have already been cut out.


I mostly wanted to blog about Ruth to show everyone the amount of prep work that can go into one of our outreach events and programs, illustrating our true dedication to the cause. Sure, it would definitely save a lot of time to go buy pre cut origami paper, but we want to stick to our strong beliefs of trying our best to repurpose books. Besides, it’s a great feeling to see the looks on people’s faces when they search through our paper, wanting to find their favorite children’s book character or hometown on a map to use for origami. It’s just another perk of working at Recycled Reads!


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