When: Sat., April 12, 1-4 p.m. 2014
Sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made upcycling — the transformation of waste materials into new products — a hip trend, but the Richmond Art Center’s (2540 Barrett Ave.) upcycle festival on Saturday re-emphasizes the environmentally friendly importance of the practice. The center launched the event last year to creatively encourage recycling in honor of Earth Day. Pleasantly surprised when it drew a crowd of more than three hundred people, organizers decided to make it an annual affair. For the second iteration, artists will demonstrate how to make bags and quilts out of T-shirts, jewelry out of bicycle tire inner tubes, and sculptures using cardboard. Participants will also be able to power a blender by riding a bike, play instruments made from household goods by musician Tom Nunn, and check out upcycled houses for the homeless created by Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn.