‘Upcycle’ Show Debuts at Rhythmix

Joan Boucher founded "Island Style" in March 2013 to learn how to sew and to find friends. "I had been out of town during the work week for the past 10 years. We got along great with our neighbors, but I was longing to really get to know Alameda, to find my people here," Boucher said.

Last July, the sewing group announced its new name, Upcycle Alameda, and its intention to reclaim glass, metal, wood and plastic materials as well as fabric to make upcycled creations.

Centering the conversation on upcycling, reusing, conserving and reimagining Alameda’s discarded resources quickly drew local allies. Frank Bette Center for the Arts hosted the first 15 Upcycle Fashionista! events and referred many people to the fledgling group.

Redux offered those who sew an opportunity to dive for usable clothes. The Alameda Backyard Growers offered moral support and tips for successfully participating in the Alameda Fourth of July Parade. Neighbors and Freecyclers donated sewing machines and fabric.

This Friday and Saturday, Upcycle Alameda makes its two-day art debut in the K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 5. 6–9 p.m. The show will also be open from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Refabulous furniture, upcycle-sewn items and vintage finds priced for gift giving will be featured.

The two-day art show is running concurrently with Rhythmix’ annual Mini Masterpieces show featuring gift-priced art from 10 Rhythmix Art Jammers. "Please come and check us out." said Boucher. "Think of it as an open house. We have two days at Rhythmix to meet fellow Alamedans who are intrigued by the idea of upcycling and might want to make stuff or buy upcycled clothes and home décor items."

More information about Upcycle Alameda is available on facebook and meetup.com.