Join SCRAP Humboldt at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company on Sunday March 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for some volunbeering! Get a discount on beverages while helping SCRAP Humboldt assemble their 100% volunteer powered Collage Packs! Redwood Curtain Brewing Company will donate a portion of all sales to SCRAP!

“Think Inside the Box” – A Call to Artists

1920513_703631859676566_354705742_n            Sometimes you have to “think outside the box” when it comes to receiving a donation of thousands of gift boxes. Thankfully, the donation coincides with the one year anniversary of Humboldt’s first creative reuse center opening their doors. Since then, the small nonprofit project has been busy diverting materials from the landfill and sharing these items with the community. In honor of their upcoming birthday celebration, SCRAP Humboldt is inviting the community to participate in their community art project.  Swing by SCRAP to pick up a gift box in March, “ Think Inside the Box” and transform it into a small art piece. Return the gift box to SCRAP by Thursday April 10 for exhibition during April Arts! Arcata.

The Winners of Reuse:Redesign


Old denim jeans, birdseed bags, t-shirts, neck ties, and gift ribbon are just some of the materials that were transformed into reusable bags in SCRAP Humboldt’s Reuse:Redesign contest. Over forty reusable bags were entered by participants from four different countries. A selection of the winning bags will be exhibited during Arts! Arcata on Friday, March 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at SCRAP Humboldt, on the corner of south G street and H street (101) in Arcata.

In celebration of the City of Arcata’s Reusable Bag Ordinance, SCRAP Humboldt invited the community to submit their own reusable shopping bag creations.  Jackie Hamilton of Fortuna’s It’s Sew You, won the “People’s Choice Award” for her repurposed bag made from an old pair of pants.  Jessica  Waggoner won  the “SCRAP Favorite” award for her finely crafted and detailed plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) bag.

Click here to seel all of the entries.

Friends of the Dunes + SCRAP Humboldt!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join naturalist and artist Julie Clark to learn some of the skills needed to make a nature journal on Saturday February 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. Using reused materials supplied by SCRAP Humboldt, participants will learn how techniques such as leaf rubbings, collage, contour drawing and poetry can be used to create a work of art that captures your outdoor experiences.

In addition, a brief lesson about the Lewis and Clark expedition will highlight the importance of making detailed drawings of the flora and fauna of any given area. Weather permitting, participants will take a short hike to practice water color/contour drawing in their newly created nature journals.

Open to adults and adult/child teams. (Appropriate for children 9 years and older). Adults: $16 members/$20 non-members. Children: $8 member/$10 nonmembers. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

R.S.V.P your space by calling (707) 444-1397 or email info@friendsofthedunes.org

Work Party & Volunteer Training!

Work Party! This Sunday, November 3rd  from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Come and help make our new storage space in the Marsh Commons awesome and organized! We have a beautiful new space to sort and store our donations and we need to build shelves and clean and organize. We also will be working on our new fabric and yarn nook.There will be something for everybody to do, so if you can spare some time that Sunday, come on down and join the party!

Volunteer Training:  Thursday, November 14th 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  For those that want to work in the store or take on a more administrative role, you must attend a training! For those that have attended one already- pass the word along to all your friends! Please keep in mind- we are looking for someone to take over the role of volunteer coordinator STAT! As our current coordinator will be on maternity leave for an unspecified amount of time. If you are interested in the volunteer coordinator position, please contact volunteer@scraphumboldt.org

One Elephant

7 tons.

What does 7 tons look like?



One elephant can weigh 7 tons.

We have diverted over an elephant’s weight in materials from the waste stream.

In August 2012, we became an official sponsored project of SCRAPin Portland, Oregon. It is at that time, that we began documenting each donation we receive by recording the weight and material type. This means that 7 tons of (re)usable materials have been donated to SCRAP Humboldt in a little over a year.

Donations come from local businesses, nonprofits, manufacturers, educational institutions and individuals.  To see a list of materials we accept for donation click here.

Together we can keep usable materials out of the waste stream and get them into the hands of local artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, businesses, and community members.



September Featured Artist: Ruin and Redemption

  RuinandRedemption at SCRAP

             Like the title of her jewelry line, Athena Rose believes that there is beauty and a unique essence in the things that we discard which naturally age and rust and lay forgotten in drawers, boxes and old jewelry boxes.  She is the featured artist during the month of September at SCRAP Humboldt, and will host a reception on September 13 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. as part of Arts! Arcata. SCRAP Humboldt, Humboldt County’s first creative reuse center is located on the corner of South G street and H street (101 H street) in the SoSa (South of Samoa) Neighborhood in Arcata.

As an exhibiting artist in Los Angeles in the 80’s and 90’s  Athena Rose was part of the group using found objects in installations, alters and assemblages. During that time she made jewelry and continues to do that to this day.

“We are a society that favors the new, the shiny, diamonds, gold and silver to adorn ourselves. I prefer the look of objects that are old, aged or being reused in new and different ways. I have worked with found objects for many, many years and even though I have been lured into other media, I always return to the discarded, the unwanted, the left behind. There is a soulfulness to rust, to worn metal, to an aging patina. How was this object used? Who used to own it? The stories are endless and I enjoy being a part of an object’s history and never ending narrative.”

Athena currently finds herself participating in the revived Upcycle world. Her jewelry addresses our social practice of discarding and not reusing. There is a rich tradition in other areas and countries where we have left our discards – telephone wire, empty metal containers, bottle caps and others- in which these objects have been incorporated into adornment or other repurposed items.  If beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, than we need to relook at what we think we want to get rid of and instead use what we have already made.   She can be reached at RuinandRedemption@hotmail.com

June Arts! Arcata Upcycled Animal Portraits

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Malia Penhall  will be showcasing a series of portraits made from a combination of embroidery, knitting, fabric and acrylic for the month of June. Please join us for Arts! Arcata on June 14 from 6pm-9pm.

These images were created in 2011 as a way to explore the issue of abandoned animals. Malia  “sees dogs in shelters and pounds as coiled potential waiting to be unleashed.  These canines have the capability to fill our lives with joy and memories that will stay with us our lifetime.  Why are these trusting creatures abandoned as though they are disposable possessions?”

Using internet photos of dogs in local Humboldt animal shelters, Malia creates the portrait of a canine.  The tactile process of embroidery and knitting allows her to connect to the subject of her work.

About Malia Penhall

I am living and creating in Arcata, California.  My work has been published in the Humboldt Magazine and I have been interviewed about my art for the radio.  I have had many exhibitions in Humboldt County, including First Street Gallery and Reese Bullen Gallery.  Currently I am painting and working on a large scale instillation for the Creamery Distinct festival in August.

When I am not creating in my studio I am the ISA for Museum and Gallery Practices program at Humboldt State.  I work with the Arcata Playhouse teaching in their artist in residence program, helping out with stage production and festivals. I have been in the Kinetic Grand Championship race as member of June Moxon’s  team for the past three years.   In addition to  I busy myself with knitting, sewing and cooking.