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PIPORNOT: Superorganismic Upcycling&Mending (Part II)
March - June 2022 at Encore Senior Center
Every Monday & Thursday 11am - 1pm

aricoco hosts a series of workshops inspired by the collective behaviors of fungus-growing leafcutter ants that are known to repair their nests by recycling refuse dump materials, and introduce participants to various different methods of upcycling, repurposing and/or mending old/worn-off/unwanted clothing items and other everyday materials. We hold clothes swapping sessions, collage-making hours, cardboard-weaving, pompom-making, simple styling and repairing demos. (Unfortunately, in-person guest speaker series have been cancelled.)


The workshops will culminate in an informal DIY fashion show, featuring senior participants as models wearing what they “upcycled”(=swapped/previously-owned/mended/styled/newly-created using repurposed and recycled materials.)


We will reevaluate our own human ways in order to live more sustainable and superorganismic life together (like ants!), drawing parallels between human societal organization and non-hierarchical social insect systems.

aricoco is a participant in SU-CASA. This program is supported by public funds from the New York City Council, in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and Department for the Aging (DFTA). It is carried out in collaboration with New York City’s local arts councils. Additional support is provided by the Tiger Baron Foundation.


In-person at the Encore Senior Center

Slide lecture on SLOW FASHION
by Emily Ho

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Upcycled Fashion Show

June 9th, 2022

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