Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Come on in!

Our hours:
10am -8pm

Its fun here. 
Come on in!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

We're Open!

Today, we stop politely telling friendly wanderers-in that we're not actually open.  
We open at 12 noon. Today is Party in Gordon Square Day, and we expect lots of visitors.  We hope you're one of them.  Or the next day.  Or Tuesday.  Or Wednesday.   But with live music, lots of other art happening, performances, food trucks, beer gardens....we think you should just make it today.  We're open until 7pm (and lots of other activities continue until much later after that.)   Happy Saturday!

We're at 6710 Detroit Avenue, beside Sweet Moses, in the 44102 of Cleveland.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

It's getting better and better in here.

We believe in the magic that happens when you pick up something leftover, give it a little love and add some creativity.   Collective Upcycle is full of the goods that are born from this process of upcycling -- taking an existing or leftover material and altering it in a way that adds value to it.  
We also believe in the process that happens when you walk into an empty retail space and vision what could happen in the space for a short amount of time.  Could we fill it with the work of 30 local reuse/upcycle artists?  Could we host some workshops and build community in this space?  Could we watch Detroit Avenue buzz by through these enormous front windows while eating ice cream from next door?     It started as an empty space but with help  from Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the collective efforts of our artists, we've created the empty space into a shop that looks pretty inviting if we say so ourselves.  

Friday, June 3, 2011

This is a friendly street

Each time we're here new people stop by.  They ask if we need help, when we'll open, what we'll have in this space.  Usually in that order.  It's a great street, it's great to be next to Sweet Moses, and it's even greater to be filling our temporary home with great artwork. 

When people ask, we explain ourselves a little something like this: 

Collective Upcycle is a pop-up boutique of reused art & handmade goods by Cleveland artists. We're taking over the big & beautiful storefront in the NearWest Loftworks building at 6710 Detroit Avenue this summer from Saturday June 11-Sunday, July 3rd.  We're bringing together 30 Cleveland-area artists & innovators who repurpose existing resources & leftover materials and transform them into something new, functional, beautiful, or whimsical. In an enthusiastic demonstration of Cleveland's bustling creative reuse economy, you'll find repurposed jewelry, tote bags, flowers, furniture, candles, decorations, photo frames, stationary, wind chimes, magnets, accessories, art and more in Collective Upcycle. Stay tuned for workshops and activities being planned in the space.
Come back! We open June 11th!