Spring Cleaning — Aftermath Supplies is Accepting All Kinds of Materials


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Arielle Avenia in front of her handcrafted store signage.

Arielle Avenia in front of her handcrafted store signage.

As you clean out your closet of unfinished hobbies, pack up those knitting needles and rarely used pastels for salvaged shop Aftermath Supplies. Located inside Bushwick’s incubator space Silent Barn, Aftermath Supplies is the brainchild of Arielle Avenia, who wants to put secondhand materials in in the hands of creative minds much like herself. Read on to find out what the future holds for this craft salvage yard of sorts.

Among the usual art supplies are odd pieces like this model.

Among the usual art supplies are odd pieces like this clothing model.

After attending Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in printmaking, Arielle had built up a collection of fine art skills. Along with knitting, quilting and other textile skills, she also studied French academic drawing and painting.

Arielle joined forces with business partner Devin Lilly to launch Aftermath Supplies last month. Buying only wood and screws, they built the shop from donated secondhand materials. Aftermath Supplies is looking for contributions such as power tools, paintbrushes, and textile accessories such as ribbons, trim and seqinces. But Arielle says she welcomes any sort of donation with the idea that sometimes unusual materials such as porcelain plates, books and clothes will inspire the art.

Arielle is taking one step further by offering classes in basic sewing skills, quilting and screenprinting in the near future. Stay tuned to Aftermath Supplies’ Krrb corner to find supplies for your next project. Aftermath Supplies is accepting donations and pick up is available. Call (203) 305-9489 or email aftermathsupplies@gmail.com.


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