One of our goals at Perennial is to support opportunities for underserved populations to engage in the creative reuse process. In our unique programs, we work with individuals at a point of personal transformation or transition, giving them a chance to learn new skills and develop confidence in their ideas, abilities, and gifts through a positive and creative outlet.
ReCreate is a 5-week program in which participants have the opportunity to transform a discarded piece of furniture into something new and beautiful. Our 2012 partner for ReCreate is the Center for Women in Transition. The Center assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition to their families and communities through practicing and promoting restorative justice. Since the agency opened 13 years ago, one-on-one mentoring has been a core element of services along with intensive case management by staff and provision of basic needs support such as housing, food, clothing and transportation. The Center aims to implement restorative justice principles by helping women reflect on their behavior, take responsibility and make internal changes to live more restoratively in their community.
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During the last week of the ReCreate session, everyone’s projects got the finishing touches. Both of the sessions included independent work time, so each woman got as much time as possible to completing their projects and there was so much to do! Our final day concluded with a special presentation and ceremony where the projects [...]Read More »
As the final sessions of the program are winding down, the projects themselves are winding up and looking amazing! After learning how to upholster seat cushions, everyone went back to work to put the final finishings on their piece. Each chair has taken a life and personality of their own and as the forms are [...]Read More »
It’s hard to believe how quickly the workshops are going. This past week marked the halfway point of the program and the progress made on the chairs shows how much work Dana, Deirdre and Deena have done. The focus of this week’s lesson was wood finish–meaning milk paint, walnut stain and wood wax! Dana will [...]Read More »
Dana transformed her salvaged chair into a unique rocker for a special kid. She attached the original back legs to the sides to make this piece rock on the floor!
Mary Lou repurposed belts as an accent element on her soon-to-be table.