Upcycling with Alysia Southern

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – We’ve all heard of re-cycling, well how about Up-cycling? It’s taking something old and putting a new spin on it to take it up a notch.

Up-cycling is defined as the re-purposing of previously unwanted or discarded goods into more beautiful and more purposeful ones.

Alysia says:

In an era where over-consumption continues to have a devastating environmental and socioeconomic effect on our lives, all fields are called to help find a solution. In the world of design, I believe the solution is found in the reallocation of goods and materials already available to us within our local communities.

Strength and creativity is found in the gathering of like-minded individuals pursuing a common goal. When communities unite, real change can happen.

Local Warehouses & Manufactures are beginning to link up with community action groups and non-profits to help evaluate & redefine what gets discarded and how: many raw materials often purchased new are the discards of a local manufacturer (wood, marble, paint, etc)

Support small business & invest in the local economy: buy local, create local

Barrage Designs is reinventing home décor with new and re-imagined designs for sustainable living. The retail store and design center features stunningly eclectic Eco-friendly & locally designed home decor, interior design services, and gifts

Barrage is working in conjunction with Project Storefronts, a program initiated by the department of cultural affairs in New Haven that links creative entrepreneurs with vacant storefronts in the hopes of initiating and overseeing the successful launch of said business. Their mission has gone a long way in terms of stimulating the local economy, and Barrage Designs hopes to further their cause, providing a launching pad for candidates in the form of their retail store, weekly classes, and storefront window displays.

Join us in Westville’s very own “First Friday” every month from 5-9pm as we celebrate the unveiling of the newest local artists joining the barrage designs family.

Barrage Grad Re-Opening

September 5th

912 Whalley Avenue

5pm – 8pm

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