Skip to content
Feb 23 / edwardsj

ReFashion Oxford 2015

ReFashion Oxford poster 2015

Coming up on Tuesday 3rd March, ReFashion Oxford is an award-winning fashion event which promotes waste reduction, textile upcycling and re-use and sustainable fashion.

Join us from 1-6pm in Oxford Town Hall’s Main Hall for a day of creativity, fashion, thriftiness and inspiration!

As in previous years the event will feature student catwalk fashion shows throughout the day, frenzied ‘swishing’, secondhand and vintage clothing sales and the craft and upcycling area.

Orinoco will be there demonstrating how to turn old scraps of textiles, curtains and other materials into exciting inventions, so visit us on our stand to get creative!

For more info on what’s happening at ReFashion 2015, take a look at their website or Facebook page.

Feb 22 / edwardsj

Renewed garden tools now in stock!

Garden tools  Thanks to our wonderful volunteer Cliff, we now have renewed garden tools in stock! Once the old handles are burnt off, new ones can be fitted to give these tools a new lease of life.

For all you artists and crafters out there, we also have Jesmonite in stock.

Jesmonite is a versatile material and is used in several ways. It is typically used for creating sculptures and other three-dimensional works, but can be used with other materials as a ground for painting. It can be used as a surface material in building and construction. It is considered an attractive alternative to other resin-based materials, such as polyester and fiberglass. It can be used for casting and laminating.

Besides its popularity in sculpture, jesmonite is popular in other areas where casting and molding are common, such as architectural stone and plasterwork that has a requirement to be very lightweight.

Jesmonite is considered durable, flame resistant, and resistant to impact. It can be used to fabricate both small and large objects. When mixed, it accepts colored pigments and metal powders. Its surface can be finished to resemble plaster, stone, metal, and wood.

Jesmonite is considered a low hazard materia as the finished composite emits no toxic fumes and the mixing process requires no harmful solvents. However, the mixing should be performed with rubber gloves, eye protection, and dust mask, and should take place in a well-ventilated area. Cleanup is performed with water.

Jan 10 / edwardsj

Happy New Year!

After the delights of the festive season, are you starting the New Year with some green resolutions? Whether it’s to create less waste, recycle more, learn a new sustainable skill or simply finish one of those DIY projects, Orinoco can help! Come and browse the Scrap Store and find great materials to brighten up your home and garden. If you’re feeling crafty there’s plenty to tempt you, from card, paper, paint and stationery to fabric, wool, dye and more!

If you’d like some help or advice with repairing or upcycling, come along to our weekly Bring & Fix on Tuesdays at 11am.

We look forward to seeing you at Orinoco!

Dec 9 / edwardsj

Festive Swap Shop this Saturday!

The next Swap Shop is this Saturday, 13th December from 11:00 to 13:00 and will be combined with Christmas food in the kitchen, a tombola stall and – if he decides to pay us a visit, Father Christmas handing out goodies. Come and join us for some festive fun and last-minute Christmas swapping!

The Orinoco Scrap Store  will also be open, so come and get your hands on some of our craft items  – perfect for making those special handmade Christmas gifts and decorations.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dec 1 / edwardsj

Make and Mend, Bring and Fix

Every Tuesday from 11:00 to 1:00 is weekly Make and Mend, Bring and Fix at Orinoco. Bring in things or ideas to make, mend or fix. Get advice about DIY, IT, arts and crafts. You can even borrow Orinoco tools to do small repairs. Help support people mending things or learn how to use their computers. Broadband and WiFi available.