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Nov 21 / edwardsj

New materials in stock now!

NEW IN! Silk covered white plastic perfect for making gift tags, models, angels and other seasonal crafts.

Archive boxes – conservation grade archive boxes in many different shapes and sizes are available. Filled with “treasures” these make great gifts and displays.

Blank white notebooks are also in stock. These look great covered in the fine silk now in store, and make lovely gifts. Use them for diaries, photo albums, scrap books or sketch books.

Come down to Orinoco and make a start on your Christmas crafts and presents!

Nov 15 / edwardsj

Orinoco artworkers get creative

Over the last few months,  Store Manager Chris Bonfiglioli and Artworker Godfrey Phillips have taken the Orinoco Scrapmobile to fairs, fetes and playdays across the county and beyond. Supporting Orinoco’s aim of promoting re-use, art and creative play, they have arrived with a van full of scrap material and helped people to transform it into art. As you can see from the photos in the gallery, all that’s needed is some cardboard, scrap materials, paint, and a bit of imagination…even on a rainy day! As well as trains, planes and time machines, there were also some great Halloween creations at the Sonning Common playday on 30th October, including a drawing of the cutest werewolf you’ve ever seen. Enjoy the photos!

To book the Scrapmobile for your event please contact Orinoco.

Nov 6 / edwardsj

November Swap Shop – this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday  8th November for our monthly swap shop, where you can bring stuff along that you no longer want or take something away that you think you could use. Great if you’re having a pre-Christmas clearout, or starting to plan for this year’s Christmas gifts!

The Swap Shop runs from 11am until 1pm and is free and open to all.

Find out more about it on the Swap Shop page.

Dec 19 / Howie Watkins

Christmas is here…

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Rather than see their lovely Christmas decorations go to the tip, Debenhams have given them to us. Hurrah! Chris has just picked up a selection of fabulous Christmas trees, baubles and other goodies. They’re in the store now. Grab some fabulous fake foliage to go with all our other scrappy Christmas offerings… tinsel offcuts, end-or-rolls of shimmery and shiny things, silver sparkly card, etc. Prizes for the best festive photos we receive of houses decorated the Orinoco way!

You’ve got to be quick. The last opening day of the year is Saturday 21st December!


Nov 11 / Howie Watkins

Wesley Barrell fabric


STOP PRESS – The Wesley Barrell fabric is here.

Nov 4 / Howie Watkins

New scrap – 04/11/2013


Chris went up to the annual ScrapstoresUK conference last week. Quite apart from having a lovely time (which was nice) he also did some SWAPPING. He gave away a load of surplus Orinoco stock and came back with loads of lovely new scrap from the other scrapstores he met on the day. We’re still sorting through the lovely things he grabbed but most of the new stuff should be out on the shelves by opening time on Tuesday 05/11/13. Get it while it’s fresh! read more…

Nov 3 / Howie Watkins

Footprints Gallery

A selection of photographs from the Footprints project. read more…

Nov 3 / Howie Watkins

Teachers’ Resources – NEW Footprints guide


The Footprints project was designed to provide a way of looking at the effects all of us have on the planet by looking at footprints, real and metaphorical, through art and science.

We have produced a resource pack for teachers to provide support in building the core elements of the Footprints activities into their science, art and cross-curricular environmental education programmes.

Visit the Footprints Page to find out more.

Nov 2 / Howie Watkins

Are you ready for a Scrappy Christmas?


We’ve got a whole load of special scrap in stock that’s perfect for Christmas. It’s going to be in the store from Tuesday November 5th.

We’ve got: tinsel, cardboard bobbins (perfect for making angels out of), shiny silver foil, shiny gold foil, shiny plastic of various colours and loads more.

Hurry on down before it’s all gone.

Nov 2 / Howie Watkins

The Artist’s Proofs – special exhibition

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Orinoco Artist David Farrar is staging a pop-up exhibition for one night only on Friday December 6th (7pm-9pm) at the Coach House in Headington Quarry, Oxford. OX3 8NU. [Google map]

Admission is free and a selection of David’s prints, beautifully framed by the Oxford Framing Gallery [] will be available to buy. read more…