Friday, August 01, 2008

Philadelphia Swap-O-Rama-Rama

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Philadelphia Swap-O-Rama-Rama

Old Pine Community Center
Philadelphia, PA
October 19, 2008

The Philadelphia Sewing Collective presents Philadelphia Swap-O-Rama-Rama, otherwise known as SORR is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing. SORR’s goal is to teach people how to transform from consumers to creators through the making of wearable things and through ongoing local connections. Most people who attend SORR get super charged about their new life as a maker. Some shift by simply seeking items made by people rather than machines. For additional information on the nationwide SORR movement, check out

SORR’s success relies on the creativity and outreach of people like you. Will you consider volunteering to be part of the event? Our intention is to connect you with the community and to further network the world of DIY, reuse, sewing and crafting.

Volunteers are needed for the following:

Sewing Stations:

Love to sew? Help people at the SORR reinvent and modify.
Operate an area with loads of space and supplies and a sewing machine. When attendees want to change a sweater into a hat or an old pair of jeans into a painter’s apron, you’ll help them figure it out.

SORR PROVIDES: All materials, sewing machine, $50 stipend given to you, free parking

DIY Area/ Workshops:

DIY areas are tables around the room that offer a specific kind of creative idea.
Past ideas have been: how to unknit a sweater, composting organic fibers, transforming socks into IPod covers, bras into handbags, etc… anything that turns used clothing into something else (wearable or not) or garbage of any kind into a wearable fits in this area.

SORR PROVIDES: Sewing machine, $50 stipend, free parking.

Silk Screen:

Each SORR has a silkscreen area that offers local artists’ designs and assistance screening garments.
This area is a “quick fix,” turning would-be trash into something new and exciting with the stroke of inks.

SORR PROVIDES: Budget for supplies, stipend for crew, free parking


Assist with sorting clothes that attendees bring to the event for swapping.
MAJOR PERK: First dibs on the clothes!

Have we got you hooked? Please send an email to

Please provide your name and contact information, area of interest, and great idea. Photos of your work or a link to your website are helpful.

Visit the website for additional details.

Philadelphia Swap-O-Rama-Rama
Sunday, October 19, 2008
12 – 5 pm
Old Pine Community Center
401 Lombard Street, Phila