Cultural Craft Night, Dream Catchers

11/26, 6:30-7:30pm IKE Box,299 Cottage St. NE, Downtown Salem Join artist Carlee Wright to create Native American Dream Catchers from recycled and upcycled goods during Cultural Craft Night. This event is sponsored by a grant from Marion Cultural Development $3 per person. Pre-registration required.

Farewell Friends

Starting October 13, I will be working for Marion County as a Waste Reduction Coordinator. I am also resigning as Executive Director of DIY Studio and board member. I have enjoyed my time at DIY Studio educating the public about creative reuse, sustainability, and promoting creativity. We opened the creative reuse center and diverted thousands

Cultural Craft Night, Dia de Muertos

10/29, 6:30-7:30pm Howard Street Charter School, Art Room, Enter in the doors by the east parking lot.  Caution, the dead are rising! Join artist Marina Belloc to learn about Dia de Muertos while creating a toy tomb. $3, pre-registration required.

Cultural Craft at the Salem Community Earth Fair

Salem/Shalom/Salam, the City of Peace, is our home on Planet Earth. Join us in celebrating our cosmic neighborhood (and each other) at  the Salem Community Earth Fair at the Eco Ball in Riverfront Park on Sunday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the International Day of Peace and the historic People’s Climate March in

SaraBella’s Upcycled Art Bags

Ah Bend. Beautiful scenery, big skies, yummy food, and a lot of talent. I was lucky enough to finally visit the SaraBella workshop and store in Bend’s Makers District and speak with Karlin Hedin the manager. I first learned about SaraBella while taking the Marion County Recycler class. Since then I’ve met a Salem-based artist, Lori Robinett who

Cultural Craft Night- Russian Architecture

Cultural Craft Night- Russian Architecture 6/25, 6:30-7:30pm Howard Street Charter SchoolCome learn a bit about iconic Russian architecture. We’ll discuss some of the history and create our own iconic structures from reuse paper. $3, pre-registration requiredCultural Craft Nights are sponsored by Marion Cultural Development Corp and are made possible through a partnership with Howard Street Charter

June REUSE CHALLENGE- 2 liter bottles

Each month DIY Studio hosts a Reuse Challenge to encourage creatives to rethink and re-imagine. June’s challenge must include at least one 2 liter bottle. Post your photos of your recreation by midnight June, 23 on our timeline. The participant who earned the most likes by midnight, Saturday, June 28 will win a Lifesource Gift Certificate! Game

U-pick Strawberry Time

Some scents and tastes scream spring. Strawberries are one of them. This week I received a new camera for the studio and a message from a friend announcing $1 lb u-pick strawberries at Green Bridge Gardens in Jefferson. Green Bridge Gardens is a quick drive from Salem and is home to the dollar pumpkin. The

Cultural Craft Night- LGBT

Cultural Craft Night- LGBT 5/28, 6:30-7:30pm Howard Street Charter School We are gearing up for LGBT Pride Month in June and will make rainbow bracelets from discarded paper and thread. We’ll also discuss some of the history and symbols of LGBT and well as discus major events that helped shape the community. $3, pre-registration required


REUSE CHALLENGE-  Junk Mail Each month DIY Studio hosts a Reuse Challenge to encourage creatives to rethink and re-imagine. May’s challenge must include at least one piece of junk mail. Post your photos of your recreation on our facebook page by midnight May, 28. The participant who earned the most likes by midnight, Saturday, May 31

Annie Leonard Teaches Us To “Flex Our Citizen Muscle”

The Story of Stuff: From a Movie To A Movement In mid April Salem had the unique opportunity

Cultural Craft Night- Cherry Blossoms

4/30, 6:30-7:30pm Howard Street Charter School We are gearing up for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May and will make cherry blossoms from discarded plastic. We will kick off the night showing works of art that incorporate cherry blossoms, the importance of it in Asian cultures and discuss how Salem adopted it as its city

Cereal Box Pinhole Camera Class

3/24, 6pm Kick off spring break by learning how to make a fun toy camera out of reuse materials, ages 12 and up. Taught by photographer Lisa Miller, adults and kids are welcome to come build and decorate their own working 35mm camera, and learn how pinhole cameras work. Pre-registration required, $10 if you provide

Learn to Crochet Plastic Bags

3/19, 1pm, Free! Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? Or perhaps you already know but would love to use a sustainable resource like plastic bags? Enter Dana Canning. Part crafter, part superhero, Dana created the Salem Sleeping Bag Project, a grass roots operation that crochets mats and sews sleeping bags for the homeless