Now on display at the library are hand-woven bags made by the Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation. What makes these bags unique? They are created with videotape “yarn” that is made from recycled videotapes.
Through Social Catalysts’ partnership with CLASS and other human service agencies, disabled individuals are employed to disassemble videocassettes and hand-weave recycled videotape into cotton and other types of yarn. Members of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston work with Social Catalysts to set up these weaving programs.
Social Catalysts brings the finished fabric to local fashion designers who then create these one of a kind accessories. A variety of these environmentally-friendly bags are available for purchase on Etsy.
On June 14 at 6:30 PM, Social Catalysts will present a program in our art gallery. Here’s a description of the program, courtesy of Christine Wyman of Social Catalysts:
Are you an avid recycler? Would you like to learn about weaving? Christine Wyman of Social Catalysts, a local non-profit that creates employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, will talk about their weaving program and how they collaborate with weavers from the Weavers’ Guild of Boston and local seamstresses to create unique products to help fund their program.
The talk will be followed by a demonstration of weaving by Barbara Provest and sewing by Susan Thompson, as well as an opportunity for hands-on learning.
We hope to see you there!