Stories from the Scrapstore


SHINE on, thanks to Sotheby's!

This week we're thrilled to have a guest blog, all about our Jayson's visit to SHINE. On Saturday 25th March, our project SHINE at the Gipsy Hill Federation (SHINE at GHF) was delighted to welcome artist Jayson Singh to work with the children. SHINE at GHF is in its 7th year and provides creative, hands-on learning opportunities that fully explore the curriculum, for up to 60 KS2 children from 4 primary schools in the Gipsy Hill Federation. Working with visiting artists and professionals and taking the children on trips is an highly prized part of the project.Our aim is to inspire a love of learning and broaden children's horizons. The children worked together, first learning about the cultu

'Vegging out'

Congratulations to Lottie Jones' Year 2 class at St Saviours for winning the Western Riverside Waste Authority's 'Waste Free Lunch challenge'! Each half term, the education team at WRWA awards a prize to the visiting school creating the least waste after their lunch (food and packaging). St Saviours' prize was a reuse workshop from us at the Scrapstore: making vegetable portraits after paintings by 16th Century Italian Painter, Arcimboldo. On 14th May we were welcomed enthusiastically by the Y2 children who had a wonderful, broad knowledge of fruit and vegetables (e.g. chard, passion fruit, butternut squash). They used this as inspiration for their gorgeous self-portrait collages which the

Cardboard Superstars!

We were delighted to visit more WRWA competition winners on 7th March - Reay Primary School - and deliver their prize: a reuse craft session from the Scrapstore. It gives us great pleasure to get out and about and see children getting creative with our junk treasure. Our materials this time came from a wide variety of donors - from offices to shop windows, design studios to high street, fabric manufacturers to architects. Nicola Curran's Year One class were absolute superstars with their fantastic cutting, sticking and super imaginations! All sorts of people were made out of our junk and when completed met on the classroom carpet to have a party. Can you see DJ Spider Man, Charlie Chapl

'Little Village' People!

Due to the generosity of SSQ, who for Christmas sponsored an arts and crafts activity for a local charity, we were delighted to be able offer re-use crafts to the tots and grownups at Little Village on March 1st. We had a great deal of fun with the cute kids and were also joined by our lovely MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and her Caseworker, James Leeman who were keen to join in the fun. We offered Catherine's famous dress-a-teddy: to make the teddies we use scrap card from the back of samples or old files going to waste. Their funky clothes are made from samples, off-cuts, window-display materials, trimmings and trinkets, all otherwise destined for incineration. Even our scissors, glue and p

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