Master the art of upcycling through The Reloved Collective’s workshops

Participants will not only learn how to repurpose common materials, but also take home their works of art at the end of the workshops.

Caleb Lau

Grew up a musician, found a calling in photography and writing. Still in love with all of them.

Published: 10 February 2022, 2:08 PM

As part of the launch of its physical store on Feb 4, The Reloved Collective (TRC) has prepared a lineup of upcycling workshops that will take place each Sunday this February. 

Founded in 2021, TRC is a local thrift store that aims to promote sustainable products and foster love for secondhand and vintage items.

The workshops are conducted by various partners, each offering a different upcycling experience utilising a multitude of easy-to-find materials.

Here are three workshops in the series to try out this month.

SAORI weaving

To kick off the workshop series on Feb 6, textile artist Natalia Tan will introduce how to weave with textile waste.


SAORI is a contemporary textile art practice that encourages creativity through freestyle weaving on a Japanese floor loom. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@NATALIA_WEAVES


The workshop is priced at $96 for a group booking of two to four participants. After the session, the group will be able to take home the works created.

Upcycled lamp making

Taking place on Feb 13, Shawn Lourdusamy, owner of online art and craft shop Project Itchy Hands, will guide participants in turning empty glass bottles into fully functional lamps.


The lamps can be used as statement pieces in homes. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@PROJECTITCHYHANDS


The workshop is priced at $180 for two participants. Each participant will be able to bring home their completed upcycled lamp.

Coffee grinds soap making

To wrap off the series on Feb 27, lifestyle brand YNG’s founder, Yvette, will unveil the process of drying used coffee grinds and incorporating natural oil to make soap bars.


Making natural soaps are part of YNG’s aim to promote a less wasteful and more conscientious lifestyle. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@Y_NG.CO


The workshop is priced at $100 for two pax. Participants are given a choice of taking the soap bars home using their own container or collecting them the next day, due to the curing process.

Each workshop is capped at four participants with a duration of 90 minutes. Bookings have to be made online and will take place at TRC’s physical store at 533 Kreta Ayer Road.

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