Creative ReUse

Exchange . Collaborate . Make

The Creative ReUse Collective is a project of the Rockford MakerSpace, a group of local makers, artists and creatives passionate about creating with reusable materials. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the 6:00 pm at the main branch of the Rockford Public Library.  Join our Facebook group for updates and project ideas or e-mail:

We are currently seeking artists . makers . reusers to join our Spring ArtScene exhibit: Re-Imagining the Chair!

Deadline for entry is March 20th!

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Inspiration Gallery!


2016 Fall ArtScene

During Fall Art Scene 2016 the ReUse Collective presented Garbage In / Art Out, Robot Boo-tique, a collaborative art project by creative re-use artists and makers of the Rockford MakerSpace.  The installation was on display during RAAC Fall ArtScene on October 7th and 8th in the storefront window at 420 7th Street in Rockford’s Midtown district.

Creative reuse is a broad movement that seeks to give a new creative meaning and use to objects and materials that would likely otherwise be discarded.   Garbage In / Art Out is a collective of local artists and makers, collaborative on every level, seeking to bring local attention to the value of reusable materials and spaces.  Every object used in the installation was derived from a post- consumer source, donated by the artists and the public at large.  The piece not only speaks to the reuse of objects, but that of our built environment, as well, as it  will be installed in a vacant storefront window in a reviving Rockford neighborhood.  Adaptive reuse, as it is termed in the worlds of architecture and historic preservation, seeks to reuse buildings for much the same reason creative reuse seeks to reuse objects.  Yes, it is certainly about sustainability, but beyond that it is about the stories they tell us and the meaning conveyed through objects and places that have their own histories.